2019 BMW ALPINA B6

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2019 BMW ALPINA B6 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: March 9, 2020
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Lots of cars have tried to blend luxury and performance in the same package. While many failed in the quest, some managed to do a commendable job. Alpina B6 Gran Coupe is one of the few cars that gave us a glance at how luxury and performance can complement each other. The B6 is one of two limited-production models under BMW's Alpina division, the other being B7. This coupe is offered with several packages along with various stand-alone options that enhance the interior as well as the safety of the car.

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Pros

Smooth all-wheel-drive configuration

Upmarket interior refinement

Unique presence compared to BMW M models

Powerful V8 turbocharged engine

Spacious rear seating

Cons

Coupe design lacks rear space

Automatic braking is missing on the costly Gran Coupe

Styling not par with the rivals

What's New?

Apple CarPlay Compatibility is now available on a subscription base


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$124400

bodystyle

4dr Gran Coupe

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

268 cu.in.

horsepower

600 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

590 lbs.-ft @ 3500 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/active anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/active anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62.8/63.9

dimensions

wheelbase

116.9 in.

length

197.1 in.

width

74.6 in.

height

54.9 in.

curb weight

4780 lbs.

ground clearance

4.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

39.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

13 cu ft.

payload capacity

840 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/20/25 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited



Styles

 2019 BMW ALPINA B6 in Alpine White color  2019 BMW ALPINA B6 in Black Sapphire Metallic color  2019 BMW ALPINA B6 in Glacier White Metallic color  2019 BMW ALPINA B6 in Jatoba Brown Metallic color  2019 BMW ALPINA B6 in Jet Black color  2019 BMW ALPINA B6 in Melbourne Red Metallic color  2019 BMW ALPINA B6 in Mineral White Metallic color  2019 BMW ALPINA B6 in Space Gray Metallic color
Alpine White

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

10

Safety

8.0

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 BMW ALPINA B6 Base

Base

power
600 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
20 combined

$124,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $124,400 MSRP (17/20/25) 600 hp @ 6000 rpm, 4.4 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5   Tanzanite Blue Metallic
  Melbourne Red Metallic
  Jet Black
  Glacier Silver Metallic
  ALPINA Green Metallic
  Ruby Black Metallic
  Citrin Black Metallic

Expert Review

8.2

Overall Rating


Priced at $124,400, the Alpina B6 Gran Coupe is powered by a robust 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 unit that cranks out 591 horses. This powertrain is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that distributes this power to all four wheels.

Staring at a BMW Alpina B6, you'll be reminded of the BMW M6. Since the production of this car is limited, there are other contenders like Mercedes AMG S63 and Jaguar XJ that you can get hands-on easily. However, owning a limited edition car is special in its own right. Let's see how the Alpina fares against its "rivals". Shall we?

2019 BMW Alpina B6 Angular Front View
2019 BMW Alpina B6 Angular Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

10/10
Exterior

 

8.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2019 BMW ALPINA B6 Features

8.0/10

The Alpina B6 Gran Coupe is available in a single trim level. The Bavarian carmaker has three additional packages on offer which are Driving Assistance Plus Package, Executive Package, and Parking Assistance Package. The B6 is available at an MSRP of $124,400 plus the cost of the package of your choice.

Trim

2019 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe

MSRP

(Manual)

$124,400

Key Features

Power tilt/telescopic SWITCH-TRONIC multi-function sport steering wheel with controls for the audio system

 

Cruise control

 

Bluetooth wireless communication for hands-free mobile phone

 

Hand-finished in ALPINA LAVALINA Leather with green/blue stitching

 

Enhanced USB and Bluetooth

 

Apple CarPlay Compatibility with 1-year trial

 

ALPINA instrument cluster

 

Expanded Check Control vehicle monitor system

 

iDrive 6.0 system with on-board computer and touchpad Controller, and 8 programmable memory buttons

 

Rear-view Camera

 

Exterior temperature display with alarm for freezing temperatures

 

Dynamic Cruise Control

 

BMW Navigation system with 10.2- inch high-resolution screen and 3-D maps

 

Voice command system with Natural Language Understanding

 

Over-the-Air (OTA) updates for map data up to 4 times annually

 

Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information

 

Connected Drive Services

 

BMW TeleService

 

Tire Pressure Monitor

 

Heated driver's door lock and rear-window defroster

We Recommend

We suggest that you upgrade your B6 with the available Executive and Driving assistance plus packages that will add a lot of luxury as well as driver assist features.

2019 BMW ALPINA B6 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

“On the road the B6 feels massively rapid, thanks mainly to the torque it produces from seemingly any engine speed and in any gear....The exhaust note is rather delicious too, Alpina’s modifications gifting the B6 with a depth and range of noises that are endlessly entertaining to listen to.” - autocar

Engine and Transmission

Powering the Alpina Gran Coupe is a potent 4.4 Liter V8 turbocharged engine that pumps 591 hp and 590 lb-ft of peak torque. The motor is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that distributes the power to all four wheels. The power delivery is linear and there is no room for complaints in the performance department.

Models

BMW Alpina B6 Gran Coupe

Mercedes AMG S63 Sedan

Jaguar XJ Supercharged Sedan

Audi RS7 4.0 Quattro Sedan

MSRP

$125,395

$168,000

$93,995

$114,875

Engine

4.4L V8 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

4.0L V8 Biturbo

5.0L V8 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

4.0L V8

Transmission

8 Speed automatic

 N/A

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

Horsepower

591 hp @ 6000 rpm

603 hp @ 6300 rpm

470 hp @ 6000 rpm

560 hp @ 5700 rpm

Torque

590 lb/ft @ 3500rpm

664 lb/ft @ 2300 rpm

424 lb/ft @ 2000 rpm

516 lb/ft @ 2200 rpm

The Alpina B6 is a silent performer. It does not growl violently or throw random pops and crackles. However, under no circumstance should you mistake it for a regular Bimmer. It has got enough power and capability to hurt the self-esteem of any self-proclaimed fast car.

Acceleration

When it comes to acceleration, the Alpina B6 shines bright. The massive 4.4-liter V8 makes the car sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. This can also complete a quarter-mile drag race in under 12 seconds. Now that's some serious pace right there. 

Models

BMW Alpina B6 Gran Coupe

Mercedes AMG S63 Sedan

Jaguar XJ Supercharged Sedan

Audi RS7 4.0 Quattro sedan

0-60 MPH

3.6 sec

3.3 sec

5.7 sec

3.6 sec

Quarter mile

11.8 sec

N/A

12.3 sec

11.6 sec

Engine

4.4L V8 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

4.0L V8 Biturbo

5.0L V8 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

4.0L V8

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

8.8

N/A

10.4

In comparison with its cousin, the M6, Alpina falls short by a few seconds. The M6 can sprint to 60 mpg in just 3.4 seconds and complete a drag race in 11.5 seconds. 

Ride and Handling

They say looks can be deceptive. Well, B6 is one great example of this saying. You might think you're driving an M6 while you're behind the wheel of the Alpina B6. This harmless looking sedan can tear up tracks and confidence of its rivals. The sport-tuned suspension results for a very sporty ride. The body roll is also minimal as the driver seats very low. Thus, taking sharp corners with this car will be a breeze. 

The Alpina B6 is not an untamable beast. It is a good daily driver too, given you can control the enthusiast in you. The cabin is quiet and the suspension does well to ensure a smooth ride.

Braking

The Alpina B6 comes loaded with ventilated disk brakes on all four wheels and assisted by ABS. With the amount of power on offer, it's indispensable that the braking performance is on par, and this Bimmer does not disappoint. With a 60-0 mph stopping distance of 102 feet, the BMW B6 Alpina showcases its impeccable braking capability.

Model

BMW Alpina B6 Gran Coupe

Mercedes AMG S63 Sedan

Jaguar XJ Supercharged Sedan

Audi RS7 4.0 Quattro Sedan

Brake Front (in.)

14.7

15.4

14

15.4

Brake Rear (in.)

14.6

14.2

12.8

14

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4780

4832

4134

4497

60-0 MPH (ft.)

102

N/A

121

15

2019 BMW ALPINA B6 Fuel Economy

6.0/10

Fuel economy will not be on the top of your priority list if you are driving a BMW, more so if its the Alpina B6. However, the massive V8 returns a respectable figure of 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

Model

BMW Alpina B6 Gran Coupe

Mercedes AMG S63 Sedan

Jaguar XJ Supercharged Sedan

Audi RS7 4.0 Quattro Sedan

MPG (city)

17

17

15

14

MPG (highway)

25

27

23

21

MPG (combined)

20

20

18

17

Range (miles) (city/highway)

N/A

N/A

317/485

277/475

Tank Capacity (gal)

18.5

20.7

21.1

19.8

The Mercedes AMG offers a better fuel economy on the highway. Otherwise, the fuel economy is decent in all respects.

2019 BMW ALPINA B6 Interior

8.0/10

“The front seats are relatively low-set for a sporty feel with a good amount of space; the rear seats will accommodate adults but are more confining than traditional sedans. A low roofline creates an alluring silhouette, but it eats into headroom and head clearance with the rear passenger doors.” - edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The BMW Alpina B6 comes with upscale interior design and comfort. The interior is wrapped with high-quality leather upholstery surrounded by an array of exotic materials. The heated front seats are offered with 16-way adjustability options plus 4-way adjustable lumbar support. The Alpina B6 holds enough leg room for front and rear passengers with a passenger capacity of five.

Model

BMW Alpina B6 Gran coupe

Mercedes AMG S63 sedan

Jaguar XJ Supercharged sedan

Audi RS7 4.0 quattro sedan

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.6/56.7/42.1

42.1/61.2/41.9

39.5/57.6/41.5

36.9/57.2/41.3

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.0/54.6/35.3

37.4/61.4/42.3

37.2/56.6/38.9

36.6/55.9/37.0

Interior Features

  • Engine Start/Stop button
  • Advanced Vehicle & Key Memory includes most recently used climate-control temperature and air-distribution settings; exterior mirror and power seat settings; audio tone settings and radio presets; central-locking preferences; and lighting preferences
  • Comfort Access keyless entry with multi-function remote control
  • Automatic 4-zone climate control with separate left/right temperature and air distribution controls, with automatic air recirculation
  • Micro-filter ventilation system with replaceable active-charcoal filters
  • Tilting glass panel moonroof with power-sliding roofliner
  • Automatic-dimming interior rear-view mirror and driver's-side exterior mirror
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers with adjustable speed and automatic headlight control
  • Soft-close automatic door operation
  • Power windows with key-off and "one-touch" up and down operation both front and rear, anti-trapping feature, opening from remote, and closing from exterior lock
  • Park Distance Control, front and rear
  • Electric Park brake with automatic hold
  • Extended Ambient Lighting
  • Dual front sun visors with illuminated mirrors
  • Cupholders for front seats
  • Fold-up rear seat center armrest
  • 3-stage heated front seats
  • Fully finished trunk with interior trunk release
  • Universal garage-door opener
  • WiFi Hotspot including 3 GB/3-month trial
  • Wireless charging (Qi charging standard)
  • 2x USB ports with 2.1A charging
  • Concierge Services with Critical Calling

Infotainment System

Alpina’s infotainment is similar to the one assembled in the BMW M6. The infotainment includes a 10.2inch display along with equipment like satellite navigation, DAB radio, USB connectivity, built-in-hotspot, and Apple CarPlay. Highlights of the infotainment system are

  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • DVD-Audio
  • Internal memory capacity (GB) - 20 GB
  • Satellite radio trial duration with new vehicle purchase (months) - 12
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 16
  • Speaker type - harman/kardon
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 10.2"
  • Diversity antenna
  • Smart device integration - Apple CarPlay with 1 year trial

Cargo

The Alpina B6 offers 13 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the rear seats. It's the least in the chosen pack of cars. However, would you really buy a B6 because of its cargo space? Anyway, Audi’s massive 24.5 cubic feet trunk is one of the largest offered in the segment.

Model

BMW Alpina B6 Gran coupe

Mercedes AMG S63 sedan

Jaguar XJ Supercharged sedan

Audi RS7 4.0 quattro sedan

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

13.0

18.0

15.2

24.5

2019 BMW ALPINA B6 Exterior

10/10

“Gran Coupes will get more looks than the 2019 6-Series GT, but buyers will have to pony up for that pride.” -carconnection

Dimension and Weight

The silhouette of the Alpina B6 bears strong resemblances with the M6. The sloping coupe-like roofline is one of the distinctive design features of this car. The multi-spoke allow wheel is also exclusive to the Alpina series. Unlike the Alpina's of the past, this B6 is more subtle and can blend in easily with the mass. 

Model

BMW Alpina B6 Gran coupe

Mercedes AMG S63 sedan

Jaguar XJ Supercharged sedan

Audi RS7 4.0 quattro sedan

Curb weight (lbs.)

4780

4832

4134

4497

Length(in)

197.1

208.4

202.0

197.3

Width(in)

74.6

83.8

74.8

75.2

Height(in)

55.0

59.0

57.5

55.8

Ground clearance (in)

4.3

4.7

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

116.9

124.6

119.4

114.8

Track width (in) F/R

62.8/63.9

64.7/64.7

64/63.1

64.3/64

The bumper to bumper length of the Alpina B6 is 197.1 inches, making it one of the shortest car in the class. The Mercedes S63 measures 208.2 inches, followed by the Jaguar XJ at 202 inches. Due to the sloping roofline, you might find limited space in the rear headroom. The Alpina is the heaviest of all with a curb weight of 4780 pounds, after the Mercedes AMG weighing 4832 lbs.

Exterior Features

  • ALPINA CLASSIC light-alloy wheels (Style B6), 20 x 8.5 front, 20 x 10.0 rear; and 255/35 front, 295/30 rear performance tires (includes increased top-speed limiter)
  • Adaptive LED Headlights
  • Automatic high beams
  • LED fog lights
  • Power-folding, heated side mirrors
  • White turn-signal indicators
  • Retractable, high-intensity headlight washers
  • Aluminum hood and doors
  • Thermoplastic front side fenders and sheet molding compound trunk lid
  • Choice of non-metallic or Metallic paints, including exclusive ALPINA Blue and ALPINA Green (excluding BMW Individual exterior paints)
  • 3rd brake light in the upper roof
  • Shadowline exterior trim
  • ALPINA signature exhaust system with quad tailpipes
  • Specially designed ALPINA front apron, rear diffuser and rear spoiler

2019 BMW ALPINA B6 Safety

8.0/10

The 2019 BMW B6 has not been tested by the IIHS or NHTSA yet.

Safety Features

  • BMW's Active Protection System detects imminent accidents, then prepares by automatically pretensioning safety belts, closing windows and moonroof, and activating post-crash braking; includes Fatigue and Focus Alert feature
  • Driver's and passenger's front airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with advanced technology: dual-threshold, dual-stage deployment; and front-passenger-seat sensors designed to prevent unnecessary airbag deployment
  • Active Front Headrests
  • Active Knee Protection
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Front safety belts with automatic pretensioners
  • Acoustic safety-belt warning
  • LATCH attachment for child-restraint safety installation
  • Automatic-locking retractors (ALR) on all passenger-seat safety belts (for installation of child-restraint seats)
  • Adaptive Brakelights
  • Programmable LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Impact sensor that activates Battery Safety Terminal disconnect of alternator, fuel pump and starter from battery; automatically unlocks doors; and turns on hazard and interior lights
  • Coded Driveaway Protection
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • BMW Assist eCall™ includes Emergency Request (SOS button) and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification
  • BMW Remote Services includes Stolen Vehicle Recovery, Remote Door Unlock and BMW Connected App

2019 BMW ALPINA B6 Competition

BMW Alpina B6 VS Audi RS7 Performance

The Audi RS7 is a genuine racing DNA. It has received a massive makeover from its last generation. The exterior design has surely hurt the BMW fanboys. On the inside, the RS7 comes with the latest features like Audi’s Virtual Cockpit. The performance figures are quite better than B6.

BMW Alpina B6 VS Jaguar XJ

With better performance, design, and features, the BMW Alpina is a good contender to the Jaguar XJ. The Jaguar XJ looks more or less outdated now. Though it shares an engine with the F-type, it could not better the performance figures.

BMW Alpina B6 VS Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG

The Mercedes S63 AMG is a complete luxury car with a heck of a performance. The new generation is fun to drive altogether. In terms of interior refinement or design, the S63 beats the Alpina B6 by a big margin. The S63 is more powerful than the BMW B6, making the former a better choice.

2019 BMW ALPINA B6 Final Verdict

The BMW Alpina B6 Gran Coupe is a great car to have in your garage. With the latest enhancements on the exterior and interior front, the carmaker is pretty sure about selling off in one go. The usage of fine ceramic and wood ensures a complete sophisticated appeal to the car. The extra packages make the car complete. If you are looking for a performance luxury car that meets your expectations, the Mercedes AMG S63 is worth considering.