RE: Latest Alpina B3 Biturbo spy shots

RE: Latest Alpina B3 Biturbo spy shots

Friday 6th September 2019

Alpina B3 Biturbo Touring spied testing | Update

What's likely to be the most potent G20 wagon caught in the wild ahead of likely debut at Frankfurt



Speculation that Alpina will launch the Touring version of its upcoming B3 Biturbo before the saloon has apparently been given a little more substance by a barely disguised development mule of what is expected to be a 450hp wagon. Seen testing in the wild ahead of its probable debut next week, the Alpina-enhanced estate will build on the base of BMW's M340i xDrive to provide a Bavarian answer to AMG's C63 Estate and Audi's RS4 Avant.

It'll remain the only response to those German rivals even after the M3 arrives on roads (with up to 510hp), since that car will remain saloon - and M4 coupe - only. Which means you're looking at the most potent way to cram the family, dogs and luggage in a BMW Touring from anywhere in the maker's line-up. The larger 540i Touring, for example, uses BMW's turbocharged straight-six with over 100hp less than the B3 Alpina's predicted peak figure.

The Alpina B3 Touring is likely of considerable interest to PHers then, because, well, we all love a fast estate. Expect Alpina's engine fettling to boost mid-range torque as well as the maximum power output from the 3.0-litre engine, while a fine-tuning of the M340i's adjustable damping and geometry is also due, to unlock the usual Alpina blend of comfort and performance. With demand on the continent leaning substantially towards all-wheel drive, however, the Alpina model is likely to be xDrive only - which makes older rear-drive B3s look rather appealing.










We've known Alpina's take on the G20 3 Series is close for a little while now, with the M340i-based machine having been spotted testing at the 'ring just a few weeks ago. Now, though, a post on the company's Facebook page has confirmed that the model is set to debut at September's Frankfurt show.

What's more, multiple publications are reporting that it will be the Touring, rather than the previously-seen saloon which makes its bow first. This, of course, should be a source of great excitement around these parts, given PH's fondness for fast estates, and the conspicuous lack of any BMW M Touring models for a number of years now.

Further information on the upcoming B3 can be found in our original story below, but we'll be sure to bring you the latest as soon as Frankfurt gets underway.



ORIGINAL STORY - 06.08.2019

So the BMW M3 is set to change (again), with all-wheel drive on the way and three specifications, from Pure manual to 510hp Competition. What will stay the same, however, as it has for many generations, is Alpina's alternative offering in the shape of the B3. Here it is hot weather testing, the first time we've seen an Alpina G20 3 Series.

For the previous F80, Alpina played a masterstroke; as the contemporary M3 emerged angrier and feistier than ever, so the B3 was a supple, measured, silky smooth sports saloon, not as rabidly fast but beautifully suited to swift progress on British roads. The Biturbo looked superb, it drove impeccably, and found favour among all who tested it.


Alpina will hope to do the same again, this B3 to be derived from the M340i xDrive with 374hp. It's unknown yet whether the Alpina will retain that configuration or go rear-wheel drive; expect more power though, to bring it ahead of the BMW and surpass its predecessor's 410hp - around 450hp or so would be our guess.

Familiar external Alpina changes can also be seen here, from the quad exhausts to the multi-spoke wheels, the blue calipers to the more aggressive front splitter. A raft of tweaks will be implemented under the skin, too; the genius of the last car was dampers softer in compression than a 335i but stiffer in rebound, giving an expert blend of comfort and control.

Given how well received the standard 3 Series has been already, it looks the perfect base from which to create another great Alpina. Typically the B3 arrives a little before an M3, though it seems Alpina will have a short window given how well advanced the BMW appears. The rest of 2019 should be very interesting for fans of fast 3 Series...

[Images: S.Baldauf/S.B. Median]





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cerb4.5lee

Original Poster:

13,623 posts

130 months

Tuesday 6th August 2019
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Alpina always offer a good alternative to the M3 and I can't see this being any different. I also like the rarity of them. I'm a big fan of the new 3 series overall and I really like the way it looks.

scottygib553

235 posts

45 months

Tuesday 6th August 2019
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Yeah yeah just bring out the estate already

steveb8189

250 posts

141 months

Tuesday 6th August 2019
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What sort of factory warranty do you get on these?

E65Ross

24,048 posts

162 months

Tuesday 6th August 2019
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I don't understand the whole "M car too obvious....get an Alpina thing". It's not as if they don't have 4 exhausts, oh, and big wheels and silly decals too. I think they're less understated than the M cars.

Cupramax

8,672 posts

202 months

Tuesday 6th August 2019
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So it’ll look like the normal 3 series but with Alpina wheels, just like every other Alpina ever made. Not knocking it, but is it really worth disguising?

NewUsername

365 posts

6 months

Tuesday 6th August 2019
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Nice of them to test it with pistonheads stickers, I like that

thiscocks

2,158 posts

145 months

Tuesday 6th August 2019
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E65Ross said:
I don't understand the whole "M car too obvious....get an Alpina thing". It's not as if they don't have 4 exhausts, oh, and big wheels and silly decals too. I think they're less understated than the M cars.
True. I wish they would just have two pipes to be honest. Anything with four is not really understated. Plus no matter how quick it may be, four pipes just seems lame if it has less than 8 cylinders. redcard The rear of the new 3 series does not look half as nice as the previous gen either.

nicholasm

143 posts

135 months

Tuesday 6th August 2019
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scottygib553 said:
Yeah yeah just bring out the estate already
Oh yes, I'm already thinking about what my ideal spec would be. If BMW have made Apple CarPlay a subscription service, presumably that would apply to any Alpina as well?

scottygib553

235 posts

45 months

Tuesday 6th August 2019
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steveb8189 said:
What sort of factory warranty do you get on these?
Same warranty as a normal BMW I think.

scottygib553

235 posts

45 months

Tuesday 6th August 2019
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Damn, the used values of these holds up pretty good......unfortunately for me.

Oily76

101 posts

61 months

Tuesday 6th August 2019
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E65Ross said:
I don't understand the whole "M car too obvious....get an Alpina thing". It's not as if they don't have 4 exhausts, oh, and big wheels and silly decals too. I think they're less understated than the M cars.
Most on the road don't have the decals, and they don't have the swollen arches and bonnet bulges of the M Cars, or the racecar seats. Sure they look shiny and posh, but not like performance cars (4 exhausts excepted).

Oily76

101 posts

61 months

Tuesday 6th August 2019
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I think I would buy a used B3S Touring if I could find one for sale, but they're seemingly so bloody rare. Plenty of D3's around but I want a petrol, dammit.

Big GT

747 posts

42 months

Tuesday 6th August 2019
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Alpina really know how to set up BMW's.

15-30 years ago the M option was light, nimble, and engaging while Alpina was a more reserved and comfortable way of making progress with an auto box.

Now M cars are mostly auto, heavy, 4wd and less engaging to drive. I don't really see the point of choosing the M car over the Alpina.as they now all drive the same.




moffat

988 posts

175 months

Tuesday 6th August 2019
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scottygib553 said:
steveb8189 said:
What sort of factory warranty do you get on these?
Same warranty as a normal BMW I think.
Yep standard 3 year warranty, although I think it's an Alpina warranty.

I'd love one of these, love how unique and rare they are, but never a sniff of a good deal which always makes them more expensive than an M5.

HM-2

4,747 posts

119 months

Tuesday 6th August 2019
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Oily76 said:
I think I would buy a used B3S Touring if I could find one for sale, but they're seemingly so bloody rare. Plenty of D3's around but I want a petrol, dammit.
I'm currently looking at ~2-year-old midsized saloons, with the C43 AMG topping my list.
I'd love to compare with the F30 Alpina B3, but I've found precisely none for sale in the UK.

I like the wheels on that spy shot one more than I do the usual 21-spoke Alpina style wheels too...

Thornaby

440 posts

19 months

Tuesday 6th August 2019
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Those stickers on the bumper, are they camo or the actual Alpina stickers? wink

Burnham

3,544 posts

209 months

Tuesday 6th August 2019
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moffat said:
scottygib553 said:
steveb8189 said:
What sort of factory warranty do you get on these?
Same warranty as a normal BMW I think.
Yep standard 3 year warranty, although I think it's an Alpina warranty.
The previous generation was 2 year BMW Warranty for UK cars. Interesting though if that has now changed....all for the better.

redroadster

1,051 posts

182 months

Tuesday 6th August 2019
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Years ago they had auto gearboxes compared to manual m cars now they are not different enough .

CB 987

238 posts

97 months

Tuesday 6th August 2019
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HM-2 said:
Oily76 said:
I think I would buy a used B3S Touring if I could find one for sale, but they're seemingly so bloody rare. Plenty of D3's around but I want a petrol, dammit.
I'm currently looking at ~2-year-old midsized saloons, with the C43 AMG topping my list.
I'd love to compare with the F30 Alpina B3, but I've found precisely none for sale in the UK.

I like the wheels on that spy shot one more than I do the usual 21-spoke Alpina style wheels too...
I went through similar recently, hoping an F31 B3 might pop up. I settled for a F31 D3, it’s a great car but I do miss having a petrol....

BSSBMW

240 posts

63 months

Tuesday 6th August 2019
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I came close to buying the last F31 B3S which was a cancelled order that I couldn't change the spec on so pulled out as it was a lot of money to spend on a compromise.

I hope the G21 B3 turns out to be a great car!