ALPINA's Return – the BMW ALPINA B6 GT3

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ALPINA#8217;s Return #8211; the BMW B6 GT3

-August 22, 2013-

ALPINA#8217;s #8211; the BMW ALPINA B6 GT3


The E63 6-series coupes are far from shining moments in design. there are sure to be fans, enthusiasts of the marque consider the era a dark time, with such as the E60 5-series and the E65 7-series penned by the genius himself, out in a long lineage of BMWs as. We can’t blame Bangle for the E63 – instead, responsibility on Adrian van Hooydonk, whom took the throne as chief for BMW in 2009.

Although that to say that van Hooydonk’s designs pull from Bangle’s – the aptly named Butt of the E63 was claimed by Car Driver as the industry’s most obnoxious However, despite the questionable lines, BMW’s sales off to put them above Mercedes as the leader in premium cars

In my home-written version of The Ugly Pt. II, the frightful fowl never into a beautiful swan instead, the mother left the vowing never to procreate If that’s unclear, Chris BMW’s lead designer and the man for allowing the ugly duckling is the E63 to happen, parted ways the company and the automotive industry putting the marque back on to create the stunning cars produce today.

However, is a saving grace to the E63. Few disagree that racecar to road-going cars are always an even when the road-going is best viewed in a closed during a power-outage. The brains at pulled off something quite picking up where Mother let the family down, and created the B6 at heart, an E63, yet bigger, louder, and absolutely awesome.

ALPINA’s story goes several decades, to the mid-sixties Bovensiepen, after successful market investments, began BMWs. Fast forward years, and ALPINA was recognized by the TÜV as its own manufacturer. This was accomplished to a very close relationship BMW, which lead to cars being built on the assembly lines along BMW’s own vehicles.

Burkard’s was to, in part, improve upon the BMW had to offer in every way, aesthetic styling and interior to the improvement of raw performance. It’s a still held to this day as in their latest offerings.

ALPINA’s race efforts in the ’60s and into the ’70s a huge part of the company’s In the 1970 season, just 5 after ALPINA had formed, the team took the Spa 24 Hours and the European Touring Car Championship. drivers like Niki Jacky Ickx, Hans Dieter Quester, James and Derek Bell have all ALPINA past the finish

Through the seventies, the company out of racing, but made a return in to compete in DTM with their M3 Group A racer. But a 20 year from racing left scratching their heads 2009.

The company announced a this time to GT3 racing. many would expect the to base their GT3 racer off of the iconic E92 M3, the team made a that is sure to baffle literally everyone. The E63 6-series The street version scaled in at a 3,800 pounds, and its immense measured in at 10 inches longer and 2 wider than the M3.

 What they saw in the E63 is beyond yet they made it work. radical body work, made ALPINA’s B6 GT3 considerably than the already-big BMW 6, we’re with an ugly-duckling gone whom bulked up, plucked his and is looking for a fight. The B6 GT3 is, for lack of a term, hideously fantastic.

even gorgeous.

The B6 GT3’s size was sure to play an role against the field of Porsches, Astons, and Lamborghinis it was pitted against. However, the hulkish exterior was a featherweight, in at less than 3,000 Similar to the road-version of the B6, ALPINA for a 4.4-liter V8 instead of the V10 found in the cars. The engine was supercharged, out 530 horsepower and 535 lb-ft of torque.

Best of all, ALPINA was to sell the prepped GT3 race car to the anyone with a checkbook books for you Europeans) large to fund a race team was to purchase a vehicle.

Among the to secure the B6 GT3 was the French team Garage, whom successfully them in the FIA GT3 European Championship as as the French Serie Championnat de FFSA, and the 24 Hours of Spa. also put together a factory team, prepped to race in the Championship, German ADAC GT and the 24 Hours of Nurburgring. The success of the snagged the B6 GT3 4 wins and 9 poles in first season.

 By 2011, two years later, the Team Engstler and the B6 GT3 took the title with drivers and Lunadari. The B6 GT3 proved to be a recipe for

The B6 GT3 stands as an impressive car in many Through its success and engineering it deserves respect. Yet through the ALPINA was capable of pulling the ungainly E63 became something than one only a mother love.

In fact, it’s Alluring. Massive and aggressive, in the classic Alpina colors, the B6 GT3 is a car longed to see in person – and we are.

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