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Alpina B6. DRIVEN

Fans of fast Beemers may be interested to know that M-Division isn't the only solution as crankandpiston.com tests the Alpina B6.

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When it comes to high performance BMWs, the ball is not always in M-Power's court. Alpina would certainly agree, the Buchloe-based company's cooperation with the BMW Group stretching back to the early 60s. And though the two may share the same BMW badge on the kidney grilles, there are some subtle differences. While the M-Powered lunatics of this world are known for sideways hooning, Alpina-badged Beemers tend to be less showy, offering as they do more power than the Beemers on which they are based but with a greater sense of refinement: where the Alpina for instance is a medium-rare fillet mignon with some spicy pepper sauce for added oomph, the M-Power BMW adds a few extra chillies to truly assault the senses.

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It's no different with the Alpina B6 you see above. Updated and released in early 2014, the B6 is Alpina's version of the M6 Series Gran Coupe, and as expected, there are some parallels to draw. The biturbo-ed 4.4-litre V8 under the hood for instance delivers 540bhp, just 20bhp less than the M6 but offers 37lb ft more (538lb ft to the M6's 501lb ft). The B6 – all 2030kg of it – is built on the xDrive format, which in the BMW dictionary means 'all-wheel-drive'.

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