Used 2018 BMW ALPINA B6 Gran Coupe

2018 BMW ALPINA B6 Gran Coupe

2018 Highlights

Besides a minor reshuffling of package content and the option of Apple CarPlay, the 2018 BMW Alpina B6 Gran Coupe carries over without any major changes.

Pros

  • Scintillating power and acceleration from the turbocharged V8 engine
  • Lavishly trimmed and equipped interior
  • Interior is upscale and spacious, with logical, easy-to-use controls
  • More exclusive than BMW M models

Cons

  • New iDrive infotainment system is less intuitive
  • Some may find the styling enhancements too subtle for the price tag
  • Coupe shape compromises backseat accommodations

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Edmunds' Expert Review

Those familiar with BMW know the M performance division creates some scintillating cars. Fewer people will know where Alpina slots in with BMW, which only makes the 2018 BMW Alpina B6 Gran Coupe all that more intriguing.

Alpina's earlier success in racing and subsequent move to producing performance-enhanced BMW models eventually evolved into a long-term partnership with the marque as well as recognition as a manufacturer — and not simply a tuner — of vehicles. Currently only two Alpina models are available, one of them the 2018 B6 Gran Coupe.

You can think of the B6 as the ultimate expression of the 6 Series Gran Coupe with unique exterior styling differences, exclusive exterior paint options, Alpina-specific 20-inch wheels, unique interior material treatments, and upgrades to the engine, suspension and eight-speed automatic transmission. Thanks to the Alpina treatment, the B6's twin-turbo V8 powerplant produces 600 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, eclipsing the numbers of the mighty M6 by 40 hp and 90 lb-ft of torque while returning significantly better fuel economy estimates to boot.

The Alpina B6 isn't as much of an attention magnet as some other offerings in this segment, but because of its rarity, you won't likely see another in your neighborhood or city.

trim levels & features

The 2018 BMW Alpina B6 Gran Coupe is offered in a single, well-equipped trim with a handful of available packages and stand-alone options. It comes with a fire-breathing 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine (600 hp, 590 lb-ft) paired to an Alpina-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission, sending power to all four wheels through a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system.

Standard equipment for the B6 includes 20-inch wheels with summer performance tires, Alpina-specific exterior styling details, an adaptive sport-tuned suspension, adaptive LED headlights with automatic high-beam control, LED foglights, automatic wipers, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, power-folding and auto-dimming heated side mirrors, and keyless ignition and entry.

Inside, you'll find four-zone automatic climate control, 16-way power-adjustable front seats (with four-way lumbar support, heating and memory settings), leather upholstery, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, ambient lighting and a split-folding rear seat.

On the technology side, features include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a navigation system, voice controls, the newest iDrive 6.0 infotainment interface with a touchpad-equipped controller, wireless mobile phone charging (Qi standard), an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot with a complimentary 3 GB of data over three months, smartphone app integration, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system with a CD player, HD and satellite radio, and a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack.

There are three option packages for the Alpina B6. The Executive package adds ventilated front seats with active bolsters, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a power rear sunshade, manual rear window shades and ceramic-trimmed controls. The Driver Assistance package includes BMW's Active Driving Assistant, a suite of active safety aids that bundles a frontal collision warning system with low-speed collision mitigation (and pedestrian detection) and lane departure warning. You can add onto this package with the Driver Assistance Plus package for a surround-view camera system, speed-limit information, a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control system.

There are several choices of extra-cost leather upholstery and wood trim, and the B6's simulated suede headliner can be matched to the upholstery color. Notable stand-alone options for the 2018 BMW Alpina B6 include Apple CarPlay, a blind-spot monitoring system, a night-vision camera with pedestrian detection and a premium Bang & Olufsen sound system. All-season tires are a no-cost option.

trim tested

Edmunds has not yet driven any version of this vehicle, but we have limited experience with a preproduction model. The following is our first take on what's significant about it and what you can expect.

driving

BMW claims the Alpina B6 will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in a blistering yet effortless 3.6 seconds, which should improve just about any commute. Powerful brakes will keep all that speed in check, and an active suspension delivers both competent handling and excellent ride quality.

comfort

Four-zone climate control, a supple leather interior and heated 16-way power front seats with four-way lumbar support are sure to help deliver comfort for all aboard, even on longer drives. BMW does a good job insulating against cabin noise while an adaptive suspension can soften up on demand.

interior

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 those in traditional sedans. A low roofline creates an alluring silhouette, but it eats into headroom and head clearance with the rear passenger doors.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 BMW ALPINA B6 Gran Coupe.

Rain, Snow, Ice, or Shine: Best Drive Ever!!!
Mary A. Kaura, 3/4/2018
The Alpina B6 is a top of the line automobile for comfort and handling. The acceleration is breath-taking and makes it fun to drive. It is extremely quiet, yet has a nice classy roar when it takes off! In my life, I've had a Ford Expedition, a Plymouth Horizon (my first car), an Oldsmobile, a Buick, a Jeep, a BMW X3, and a Porsche Cayenne Turbo. This BMW Alpina B6 is head and shoulders above all of them. It is comfortable and fun at the same time! I expected it not to handle in the snow and ice as well as the SUV's I've had -- well, it certainly was different than I've experienced before. The Alpina actually handles better! I don't know what they did to the all-wheel drive, but they did it right. The Alpina holds the road like a champ and takes the corners like a super-star!
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Features & Specs

MPG
16 city / 25 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
600 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts like the ALPINA B6 Gran Coupe models:

Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection
Detects things — people, animals, objects — before the naked eye can, up to a range of 330 feet using a thermal imaging camera.
Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go
Maintains a speed up to a preselected distance from the vehicle ahead and comes to a complete stop when needed.
Active Blind-Spot Detection
Warns you of a vehicle in your blind spot, or approaching in an adjacent lane at high speed. A vibration occurs if you start to cross lanes.

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