2015 was a special year for BMW and its USA subsidiary. This was the year which marked the 40th anniversary of BMW North America. It was also the 50th anniversary of its long-standing 6 Series flagship – the BMW ALPINA. In the earlier month of April, the company celebrated the event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, New York with the premiere of the brand new 2016 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive GranCoupe.
On display at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, some of the most celebrated classic milestone designs were showcased.
The ALPINA B6 xDrive GranCoupe’s Unparalleled Performance
After decades of development, the BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive GranCoupe (2016 model) went on sale in the US market as of June 2015. MSRP including Destination and Handling is roughly $122,195 US dollars.
Today, the BMW ALPINA is one of the fastest car available as a special-order BMW vehicle. The 4-door luxury GranCoupe contains a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. It generates an astounding 600 HP and 590 lb-ft of torque. The supercharged V8 top speed at 200 mph. It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds.
Why is the APPINA B6 so special? Refer to our Complete Guide to the BMW ALPINA B6 GranCoupe.
The Sebring-Winning 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL
The 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL had a 3.5-liter, inline-6 race engine rated at 430 HP. Fans called it “Batman.” It was built for the tracks, and until today it still held its crown as one of the most successful production race cars of the day.
The BMW 3.0 CSL was the legendary car that won the very first US Motorsports victory at the 1975 12 Hours of Sebring. It helped to inspire the BMW moto – The Ultimate Driving Machine.
The 2015 BMW Z4 GTLM Race Car
The BMW Z4 GTLM was the present-day race car model of the BMW Team RLL in the Tudor United Sports Car Championship Series. This special model was equipped with a 4.4-liter V8 engine packed with an impressive 490 HP and 354 lb-ft of torque. The 6-Speed Sequential Sport Transmission took the race from 0 to 60 mph in just under 4 seconds.
The interior of the Z4 GTLM consisted mostly of pure race-focused design – the racing seat with harness, a radio system, a roll cage, and a fire distinguisher.
The 1970 BMW 2002ti ALPINA Race Car
The BMW 2002ti ALPINA was known as the “Touring Internationale” – an iconic sports car in Europe during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Classic Collection was mated with a 2.0-liter single overhead camshaft engine rated at 220 HP.
It was first built by the German BMW constructor/tuner/race team ALPINA GmbH in 1970. The Supercar featured ALPINA’s signature Weber side draft carburetor setup, engine performance upgrades, “pig cheek” flared fenders, and the three-piece ALPINA Alloy Wheels.
New BMW Releases During the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the BMW
Some of the other new releases displayed during the convention included BMW’s new hybrid/electric innovations – the BMW i8 and i3, as well as the latest BMW X5M and X6M.