The fastest and most powerful vehicle in BMW's lineup will be the 2016 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe when it goes on sale later this year in North America. Following its Geneva debut, the car will be shown at the New York Auto Show, with shipments coming as early as June. The 4-door Gran Coupe boasts 600 horsepower, a gain of 60 over the previous Alpina special, and it will have an electronically limited top speed of 200 mph.

The twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine also pumps out 590 lb ft of torque and promises 0-60 mph acceleration of 3.6 seconds. In addition to the reshaped kidney grille and more aggressive front spoiler, Alpina has equipped the B6 with a new hood featuring two additional character lines to distinguish the Gran Coupe from standard models. In addition to upgrading the engine, Alpina worked with ZF to develop the car's 8-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift buttons mounted on the rear of the steering wheel. The beefed up gearbox has three models, Automatic, Sport (which dials up quicker shifts and holds gears to the redline) and Manual, where the driver has complete control over the transmission and its gearchanges.

Tuned suspension

Alpina tuned the suspension to utilize stiffer springs and increased front wheel chamber to sharpen handling. The B6 is equipped with Alpina turbine-style 20-in alloy wheels shod with 255/35ZR20 tires on the 8.5-inch wide front wheels and  295/ZR20 tires on the rear 10-inch wide rims. The Alpina sport suspension uses BMW's advanced electronic suspension technologies including Dynamic Damper Control (adjustable, adaptive shock absorbers) and Adaptive Drive (Active Roll Stabilization), which work together with the fully-variable torque distribution of the all-wheel drive system to achieve neutral, agile driving dynamics.

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Upgraded brakes and exhaust

Other upgrades include larger brake discs, LED lighting package and a full stainless steel exhaust system with ALPINA trademark elliptical twin tailpipes. The tuned exhaust note is modulated through active valves that provide the driver with the choice of a more prominent sound or quiet comfort by using the car's Driving Dynamics Control button.  In Comfort Mode, the exhaust valve is closed up to 2,500 rpm, and in Sport Mode the valve is permanently open.

The new B6 xDrive Gran Coupe has a long list of standard equipment and a luxurious interior using high-quality materials. Nappa leather and a leather instrument panel remain standard in addition to essential features such as electric comfort seats. The BMW Navigation system with BMW ConnectedDrive services is also standard. Other features exclusive to the B6 include Blue Alpina instrumentation, an Alpina sport steering wheel covered in hand-stitched Lavalina leather, an Alpina production numbering plaque overhead, door sill trims with blue illuminated Alpina lettering, and wood trim in Myrtle or Piano lacquer finish off the interior. Pricing will be announced during the car's New York showing.


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