Alpina’s classic wheel design looks good on just about every car.
Welcome to our Friday auto news roundup, in which we take a look at some of the new stories that hit the internet in the past week. Yes, we actually managed to find some news that didn’t come directly from the Geneva Auto Show.
BMW’s X4: Not Quite the X6, Not Quite the X3
If you’ve always wanted a BMW X6, but thought it was either too much car or too much money, have we got something for you. This is the new X4, which looks like an X6, but has more in common with the X3. We’ll get two models of the X4, both of which will come with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel-drive. For about $45,000, the X4 comes with a 2.0-liter inline-four. Drop another $3,000 and you can upgrade to the twin-turbo inline-six. Rag on BMW as much as you want for the weird shit they make, but at the very least, you have to admit that that weird shit looks good.
The 2015 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe is a Serious Mouthful … of Torque
Another BMW? Yeah, so sue us, it’s a slow news week. This isn’t just any BMW, though, it’s an Alpina. While the company is technically just a BMW aftermarket tuner, it has a close relation with the automaker. This car is a luxurious competitor to the M6 Gran Coupe, however the Alpina comes with more torque, all-wheel-drive, and an eight-speed automatic (whereas the M6GC comes with more power, rear-wheel-drive, and a seven-speed dual clutch). The 540 horsepower and 540 lb-ft of torque are enough to rocket the B6 to 60 mph a full half-second faster than the M6GC, and it’s only three grand more – B6 prices start at $118,000 or so.
The Sinkhole Corvette Rescue is Underway
If you thought that America would just sit by while the planet started swallowing up rare and historically significant Corvettes, you thought wrong. Work is currently underway to remove each and every car from the sinkhole, and from there the cars will go on to be restored. One of the first cars to be pulled from the rubble was the 2009 ZR1, which started up and drove out of the museum. Now that is what you build an ad campaign around.
If You Missed ‘Em Before…
In case you weren’t around this week, here are three Web2Carz articles we think you should check out:
• Gallery: Classic Engine Porn from the 2014 World of Wheels
• CarPlay is What We Need, But Not What We Want
• Consumer Reports Attends the Player Haters Ball
Reviews This Week
Don’t forget to check out our new car reviews, as well:
Behind the Wheel with Sarah
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