2005 Alpina B6 review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 25 October 2006 , 07:10:00 byEmil

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Alpina B6

The ALPINA B6 is powered by a 4.4-liter V8 engine that can be charged using a Nautilus-type radial compressor. It can deliver 200 horsepower at 2.500 rpm and 500 horsepower at 5.500 rpm. At 1.000 rpm it produces 300 Nm of torque and between 4.250 and 5.250 rpm, 700 Nm of torque. The power is being sent to the wheels through a ZF six-speed automatic transmission, known for its especially smooth shifts and quick response. The B6 offers comfort form the first time when inside. It features leather interior and the very finest ALPINA burled Elm wood. Its seats are not only nice to look at, but also envelop your back as they are very nice to touch too. The field of vision of the driver reveals a large, but in the same time tidy instrument cluster in ALPINA blue with red pointers.

The heart of the B6 is its 4.4-liter V8 engine, which is charged using a Nautilus-type radial compressor... 200 horsepower (147kW) are already available from 2,500rpm. Peak horsepower of 500 (368 kW) is reached at 5,500rpm, but the fun doesn"t stop there. The power doesn"t drop off, as is common in other engines, but remains at its peak up to maximum revs of 6,000rpm. This provides a very broad band across which the B6 offers optimal thrust.

The powertrain impresses with its massive torque from the minute you pull away. The torque really takes on the form of a table mountain. At 1,000rpm, just above idle, the V8 is already producing 300 Newton metres of torque (221lbs-ft). Between 4,250rpm and 5,250rpm there are 700 Nm on tap
B6 Performance and Torque Diagramme.

Taking advantage of the enourmous power requires no high driving art. Stepping on the pedal is enough, as the BMW ALPINA B6 possesses a ZF six-speed automatic transmission with torque converter, known for its especially smooth shifts and quick response. The driver may operate the transmission in Drive mode, letting the automatic do the shifting, or may manually select the gear desired. ALPINA developed SWITCH-TRONIC many years ago for just this purpose. Two buttons on the back side of the steering wheel make removing one's hands from the wheel when shifting redundant. The right button shifts up, the left button down - enriching the driving experience, and difficult to describe in words.

The B6 offers and interior full of warmth and comfort from the very first moment. Take a seat in the leather interior and surround yourself with the very finest ALPINA burled Elm wood. The standard Sport seats softly envelop your back and are as enjoyable to the touch as they are to the eye. The three-spoke SWITCH-TRONIC steering wheel, gloved in buttery LAVALINA leather, falls perfectly to hand. The driver's field of vision reveals a large yet tidy instrument cluster in ALPINA blue with red pointers.