BMW Alpina B6 GT3

This GT3 racer marks an old to a 20 year long “draught” in Alpina motorsports history, and while it was first announced last year, the new Alpina B6 GT3 will be making a public appearance at the Geneva Motorshow this March. Quite interesting how Eastern companies are counting their pennies and scrambling to get out of motorsports but companies like Alpina and even the recently unveiled USF1 are getting in.

B6 GT3If you’re familiar with Alpina nomenclature you’ll know that the B6 GT3 is based on the BMW 6-Series. This is a race car that complies with FIA GT3 specifications. The 4.4 litre supercharged V8 (the base is the 4.4 litre V8 from the 645Ci) from the Alpina B6 S powers this car and produces 530 PS and a massive 725Nm of torque. It is mated to a 6-speed X-Trac sequential transmission.

As you can see from the interior (photo after the jump) the car has been stripped down to the core and weighs only 1,350kg. This is a race car complete with racing accessories like quick refuelers. Wheels are thick 18 inch alloys – 12×18 at the front and 13×18 at the rear, wrapped with Michelin rubber. 0 to 100km/h takes only 3.9 seconds and the car was rated to hit a top speed of 285km/h on the Nordschleife.

Alpina’s factory team will use this car as an entry in the 2009 FIA GT3 European Championship and hopefully they will be able to relive some of its past glory, having won the Nurburgring 24 hours race a couple of times. The B6 GT3 will also be sold to private teams and collectors.

The company will also be building a new engineering facility at the cost of 10 million British pounds, which will offer consultancy services and also run in-house R&D engineering. The B6 GT3’s appearance at the Geneva Motorshow will be joined by another car aimed at a different target marketed – the new Alpina B7 based on the F01 BMW 7-Series. Let’s see what kind of magic will they extract from the 750i’s turboed 4.4 litre V8.

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