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1986 Alpina B6 3.5

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  • Alpina B6 3.5
  • Year:
    1986
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-6
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    260 @ 5800
  • Torque @ RPM:
    255 @ 4000
  • Displacement:
    3.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    62000
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  • body style:

Back in the 1980s, the German luxury car scene was still taking shape, and M and AMG hadn’t quite gained their footing with retail customers yet. That said, BMW tuner extraordinaire, Alpina, which is actually registered as an official automaker in Germany, was in full swing modifying Bimmers and selling them under its own nameplate. One said machine was the 1986 Alpina B6 3.5, which was a BMW 325i body and chassis with a 3.5-liter engine, tons of performance goodies, and suspension system that was great for the era.

With one of these icons of the German performance world for sale on Ebay, I decided to take a look back at the 1986 Alpina B6 3.5 and give you a rundown of just how amazing it was. I also took a look at how it compared to its main rival, the Brabus 190E 3.6.

Click "Continue Reading" to read my full review of the 1986 Alpina B6 3.5.

 

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2016 Alpina B6 Bi-Turbo Edition 50

2016 Alpina B6 Bi-Turbo Edition 50

Half a century ago, Alpina was founded in the German city of Kaufbeuren. Originally a producer of typewriters, the company transitioned into the infinitely more interesting business of making fast BMWs, tweaking carburetors and cylinder heads instead of stringing ink ribbons. In the years that followed, Alpina would produce more than a few successful race cars, eventually moving on to concentrate primarily on street cars in the late ’80s.

To help celebrate its long history of hotrod Bimmers, Alpina has introduced the B6 Bi-Turbo Edition 50. Based on the BMW 6 Series coupe and convertible, Alpina laid its hands on just about every aspect of the stock car, with upgrades applied to the exterior styling, interior equipment, and of course, all those mechanical bits under the skin.

Only 50 examples will be built. As a showcase of Alpina’s tuning prowess, the B6 Edition 50 is sure to provide more than a few incentives for those looking for a Bavarian rocket ship that still comes with an original factory warranty.

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1986 Alpina B6 3.5

1986 Alpina B6 3.5

Back in the 1980s, the German luxury car scene was still taking shape, and M and AMG hadn’t quite gained their footing with retail customers yet. That said, BMW tuner extraordinaire, Alpina, which is actually registered as an official automaker in Germany, was in full swing modifying Bimmers and selling them under its own nameplate. One said machine was the 1986 Alpina B6 3.5, which was a BMW 325i body and chassis with a 3.5-liter engine, tons of performance goodies, and suspension system that was great for the era.

With one of these icons of the German performance world for sale on Ebay, I decided to take a look back at the 1986 Alpina B6 3.5 and give you a rundown of just how amazing it was. I also took a look at how it compared to its main rival, the Brabus 190E 3.6.

Click "Continue Reading" to read my full review of the 1986 Alpina B6 3.5.

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2016 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe

2016 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe

German-based car manufacturer Alpina has been making fast Bimmers since the 60s. It takes some of the best that BMW can offer and turns out performance-oriented, tuned-up vehicles laden with go-faster parts and extra luxury. Ctizens of the U.S., however, have had few opportunities for ownership.

It appears as though that’s gradually starting to change. The B6 xDrive Gran Coupe is Alpina’s take on the 6 Series Gran Coupe, BMW’s four-door styled as a two-door. This AWD rocket was first seen on American soil last year at the 2014 New York Auto Show, joining the 7 Series-based B7 for Alpina’s two American offerings.

Designated as an exclusive, special-order, limited-production vehicle, the B6 costs a small fortune, but comes with new features and exterior distinctions, not to mention a healthy amount of extra power.

It’s an alternative to an M car, with everything you’d expect from BMW, plus a little more. But is it worth the price?

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2015 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe

2015 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe

The Alpina-BMW love affair goes back all the way to 1965, when the small Bavarian company began tuning carburetors and cylinder heads in a typewriter factory. Yes, that’s right, Alpina started as an office machinery company. The small venture began making a name for itself in the early 1970s by building a few BMWs that went on to win prestigious racing events and series such as the European Touring Car Championship, the German Hillclimb Championship and the Spa 24 Hours race.

More than forty years have passed since its 2800CS wowed the crowds, and Alpina established itself as a semi-official tuner whose creations can be found in between the stock BMW and the more potent vehicles delivered by the M Performance division. Well, sort of, but we’ll get back on that later in this review.

Moving on, Alpina’s latest creation, which is set to make it first public appearance on American soil at the 2014 New York Auto Show, is the 2015 B6 xDrive Gran Coupe — a more powerful and exclusive version of the BMW 650i Gran Coupe.

The all-wheel-drive performance sedan will become the second Alpina model to go on sale in the United States, where it will be joining the larger, 7 Series-based B7.

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Alpina B6 GT3

Alpina B6 GT3

The AlpinaAlpina B6 GT3 made its world debut today at the Geneva Motor Show. Based on the BMW 6 Series Alpina will enter two B6 GT3 race cars in the FIA GT3 European Championship.

The B6 GT3 is powered by a 4.4-litre V8 with what Alpina is calling a radial compressor (centrifugal supercharger), taken from the BMW ALPINA B6 S. The power plant produces 530 HP and 725Nm of torque.

"Due to the low centre of gravity, it feels more like a Formula race car than a Touring Car," says test driver Andreas Bovensiepen. The driver also said that the car handled its first 300 Km/h run beautifully and that he is very impressed with the lack of problems during the shake down runs. The car is still undergoing testing before the beginning of the 2009 racing season.

Press release after the jump.

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Alpina will unveil B6 GT3 in Geneva

Alpina will unveil B6 GT3 in Geneva

Last week we found out that the Alpina B7 will make its world debut in Geneva. It seems the BMW tuner will use the show to also reveal the B6 GT3 - its newest motorsports challenger.

Alpina has been away from motor racing for about twenty years, but now has decided its time to get back on the track. It looks like Alpina starts with its B6 S Coupe as the base for the B6 GT3. Alpina is supercharging 4.4-liter to deliver 530hp (390kW) and a peak torque of 535 lb-ft. The car then get a body kit and large rear wing to help with aerodynamics. We expect to know more about this track car when we see it in March at Geneva.

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Alpina B6 GT3 to debut in the 2009 FIA GT3 Championship

Alpina B6 GT3 to debut in the 2009 FIA GT3 Championship

20 years have passed since Alpina factory team used their cars in a race. Now the famous Bmw tuner is getting ready to debut in the 2009 FIA GT3 European Championship with a brand new specially equiped Bmw 6 Series. Called B6 GT3, the vehicle features the 4,4 l V8 ALPINA engine from the B6 S capable of delivering 530 hp and 725 Nm of torque and is ready to face rivals such as Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin.

For those who are interested in buying cars like the B6 GT3, they have to know that Alpina will also sell race cars to private parties, collectors and race teams.

Press release after the jump!

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Alpina B6 S Coupe

Alpina B6 S Coupe

Grand Tourers have a long tradition at ALPINA. It began with the legendary BMW ALPINA 3,0 CSL lightweight Coupé in the early 1970s, a car that caused a great furore, both as a race car and as a street car. It was with this car that ALPINA won the European Touring Car Championship in 1973 and 1977. Since it débuted in 1978, friends of BMW 6 Series Coupés have awarded the 300 bhp BMW ALPINA B7 Turbo Coupé with 330 bhp / 512 Nm in the S-Version) cult status, making it a desired collector’s car. The elegant BMW 8 Series was the basis for the BMW ALPINA B12 5,7 Coupé, identifiable at a glance thanks to its carbon-fibre bonnet with NACA ducts.

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2005 Alpina B6

2005 Alpina B6

COMFORTABLE, LUXURIOUS, POWERFUL...0
500 horsepower, 700 Nm – absurd in an open-topped sports car? Far from it. The V8’s beguiling ound and opulent torque entice the driver to glide along in a relaxed fashion, any and all red-line orgies far afield, much like cruising on a Harley Davidson. This provides the time to drink in the top-down melànge of breezes, scents and sounds ALPINA present the B6 Cabrio – a viable alternative – combining performance and luxury with a high degree of everyday (...)

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