2009 BMW Alpina B6 S review and pictures

Posted on Monday, 13 July 2009 , 08:07:53 byDan

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BMW Alpina B6 S

The supercharged V8 BMW ALPINA B6 S combines all the qualities a supercar should have like high speed, power blend, luxury, comfort and relaxed control. It is able of accelerating from 0 to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds and can reach 300 km/h in less than 60 seconds. Safety is a very important matter to the carmaker and so, the model features a limited-slip differential as standard that was developed in cooperation with Drexler Motorsport. The locking effect improves directional stability and vehicle control under weight transfer during cornering. The B6 coupe combines the elegant appearance of a Gran Turismo with the performance of a super sports car. To match the power and the performance, the B6 S features an electronic damper control. It takes advantage of the sporty handling without compromising on comfort.

Few sportscars can emulate the ease which the supercharged V8 BMW ALPINA B6 S fuses seemingly incompatible qualities together. Enormous speed and power blend with luxury, comfort and relaxed control, creating a single harmonious entity.

The B6 S unifies the elegant appearance of a Gran Tourismo with the performance of a super-sportscar. Numbers are not enough to communicate the Coupé’s acceleration accurately â€" in 4.5 seconds from 0-100km/h (0-62mph) from a standing start. The 300km/h (186mph) mark passes by in less than 60 seconds, an experience that has to be experienced to be believed.

To satisfy our most sport-oriented customers, the BMW ALPINA B6 S comes with a torque-sensing limited-slip differential as standard, developed in cooperation with Drexler Motorsport. The locking effect amounts to 30% under acceleration and 20% on a trailing throttle. This concept improves directional stability and vehicle control under weight transfer during cornering, especially during load changes.

Developed in co-operation with SACHS Race Engineering, the electronically-controlled adjustable damping, called EDC, comes as standard on the B6 S. The dampers automatically increase their resistance in a fraction of a second to help ensure safe driving. The more sport-oriented driver can also manually select firmer damper settings in advance, using the EDC button located on the centre console.

Chassis & Suspension

As the sportiest representative of the ALPINA line-up, the B6 S Coupé unifies the elegant appearance of a Gran Tourismo with the performance of a super-sportscar. To match power and performance, the B6 S` s features an electronic damper control (EDC). By means of varying compression and re-bound damper settings, the B6 S profits from sporty handling without compromising on comfort. Soft dampening in the standard setting provides a subtle ride, which automatically tightens when lateral forces increase. Alternatively one can manually select firmer damper settings in advance, using the EDC button located on the centre console. Thanks in no small part to the standard 20” wheels, truly light-footed and neutral handling has been achieved with excellent turn-in and minimal body-roll.