The 8-speed sport automatic transmission has been explicitly adapted in cooperation with ZF for the requirements of BMW ALPINA automobiles and offers exemplary shift comfort with a pronounced sporty characteristic. 

The adapted mechatronics and a special torque converter ensure that the high power output is transmitted with maximum efficiency and comfort to the driven wheels. 

ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC is not just the description for the traditional shift buttons on the back of the steering wheel, but also means that the transmission software is explicitly tailored for every drivetrain type. 

The 8-speed sport automatic transmission combined with ALPINA typical high torque output at low engine speeds allows effortless, relaxed and economical driving in high gears and outstanding cruising comfort on long journeys. Simultaneously the hardware design of the transmission does not require any significant reduction in torque when changing gear and allows for impressively dynamic and very fast gear changes under full load. As such the transmission plays a crucial role in facilitating very quick acceleration during dynamic driving but also plays an important part in reducing fuel consumption thanks to BMW Efficient Dynamics Technologies such as the ECO PRO mode as well as the Auto Start Stop function.

Transmission - Modes

The 8-speed sport automatic transmission with SWITCH-TRONIC offers three modes of operation to suit any driving situation.

Automatic Mode is configured with a clear focus on driving comfort. In this mode gear shifts are performed rapidly and smoothly, without any noticeable interruption in power delivery and in perfect harmony with the powerful, high-torque engines. 

Sport Mode is decidedly more lively and dynamic – the shift points are at higher rpm and shift times are significantly faster.

In Manual Mode all relevant parameters are configured for pronounced dynamics and gear changes are performed exclusively using the shift buttons on the rear of the steering wheel. In this mode gear changes are super fast and take just a fraction of second. The currently selected gear is displayed in the instrument cluster. Automatic upshifts can be suppressed in combination with the Dynamic Performance Control setting Sport+ or DSC Off.



Information on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions according to the applicable EU Directive VO (EU) 715/2007.

BMW ALPINA B6 BITURBOCoupéConvertibleGran Coupé
Fuel consumption, combined:9,4 l/100km9,6 l/100km10,4 l/100km
CO2 emissions combined:219 g/km224 g/km242 g/km
CO2 efficiency category:EEE

The disclosed fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are measured according to WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure) and converted to NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) for comparison purposes. Depending on your country, vehicle related taxes or other duties may be based on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions data which differs from that shown here.

Further information on specific fuel consumption and specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars is given in „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen” which can be obtained free of charge at all points of sale and from the Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Helmut-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen.


Determined on the basis of the measured CO2 emissions taking into account the mass of the vehicle.

Gran Coupé - In combination with the Exhaust system ALPINA, made by Akrapovič, Titanium:  
CO2 efficiency   F   (reduction unladen weight)