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Filed under: New York Auto Show, Crossover, BMW, Luxury
has shown us anything, it's a knack for creating niches and expanding its product portfolio. Go back to the early '90s and it had essentially four models: the 3 Series
, 5 Series
, 6 Series
and 7 Series
. End of list. Since then, the Bavarian automaker has not only taken on Mini
, but has expanded its own range of models exponentially. You can chalk a big part of that up to crossovers, and another sizable chunk to giving existing models a different roofline and calling it something new. What we have here is a prime example of both.
Previewed in concept form
the better part of a year ago at the Shanghai Motor Show
, the slantback version of the X3
(and the baby brother to the X6
) is now here in full production guise. Mechanically it's essentially the same as the new X3 on which it's based, but amps up the "sport" at the expense of the "utility" part of the SUV equation.
BMW will undoubtedly offer a wide range of powertrain configurations in markets around the world, but back in the United States it'll be offered in two specs: the X4 xDrive28i, packing a 2.0-liter inline-four with 240 horsepower and a $45,625 sticker price (including destination), or the X4 xDrive35i with the 300hp 3.0-liter six and a $48,925 MSRP. Either way, you're getting an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.
Though announced here at the Geneva Motor Show
, the X4 won't debut in the metal until next month at the New York Auto Show
. It'll begin production shortly thereafter at BMW's assembly plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. There's plenty more to see in the high-resolution image gallery above and the press release below
, so climb on in. Just watch your head if you're getting in the back.
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Filed under: New York Auto Show, Coupe, Sedan, Performance, BMW
If you're in the market for a high-performance BMW
and you live in Europe, you've typically had two range of options at your disposal: you could go for one of BMW's own M models, or turn to Alpina
. Though technically independent of BMW, Alpina is about as close to the manufacturer as a tuner can get, and many of its models are offered through BMW's own dealer network.
That's overseas, but in the North American market, BMW has typically taken a different approach, offering just one Alpina model - the B7
- to fill in for a lack of M7 performance sedan. That all changes, however, with the debut of the BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe.
Slotting in alongside the M6 Gran Coupe
, the Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe is marginally more expensive and slightly less powerful, but makes up for those relative (and negligible) shortcomings in spades. Both are based on the 6 Series Gran Coupe
and both pack a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, but with key differences. Where the M6 produces 560 horsepower, the Alpina offers 'only' 540. But where the M6 channels 500 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the Alpina drives 540 lb-ft to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic.
The 20 fewer horses are well offset by the extra torque, traction and gear ratio, sending the Alpina to 60 in a scant 3.7 seconds - nearly half a second quicker than the 4.1 seconds it takes the M6 GC. Without the restrictor in place, the Alpina will also keep going all the way up to 198 miles per hour where the M6 is limited to 155. All that for $118,225 (including destination) - just a few grand more than the $115k BMW quotes for the M6 GC. The Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe will debut at the New York Auto Show
next month and go on sale right after. Details in the press release below
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