Alpina B6 whets appetites for those waiting for an M6
Alpina has dropped the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 it uses to create the 5-series-based B5 saloon into the new F12 BMW 6-series cab for the Frankfurt motor show, creating the B6 Biturbo.
And, just as with the B5, this means 500bhp at 5500rpm, and 516lb ft of torque at 3000-4750rpm. Consequently, the soft-top Alpina can breeze to 62mph in 4.8secs and (unlike BMW M cars, which are limited to 155mph, tsk tsk, etc) push on all the way to 193mph, should the mood take you (on the autobahn, of course...)
Of course, 500bhp is going to pale a little in comparison with the forthcoming M6 (which should get 550bhp-plus), but since that's not around until next year, the Alpina will be the only choice for those wishing for a fast BMW with a '6' in its model name (and besides, Alpinas have always taken a rather softer-edged approach to performance motoring than M cars).
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The 6 series has to be the least interesting car in BMW's line up, so that makes it the least interesting in a list of cars that aren't interesting. Come back Bangle, all is forgiven! That said, i do like the 1 series coupe.
soad13 Sep 2011
That's alright, how much though?
British Beef13 Sep 2011
Looks about 6m long and 2.5Mt
This 6 series starts as a platform designed for obese american golfers.
Alpina are trying to polish a turd!
bobberz13 Sep 2011
I quite like it. Rear is much better than the previous 6 series, and I've always liked Alpina's subtle approach to styling and performance modifications. I also have always loved Alpina's "turbine" wheel design, though they look like a complete PITA to clean!