RE: Alpina B3 Bi-Turbo Touring | Frankfurt 2019

RE: Alpina B3 Bi-Turbo Touring | Frankfurt 2019

Tuesday 10th September

Alpina B3 Bi-Turbo Touring | Frankfurt 2019

462hp confirmed for latest B3, 'all the car you'll ever need' chants to begin again



At any motor show, it's pretty much guaranteed that Alpina will emerge with a lightly enhanced BMW to make everything else look a bit daft. And here we are again - the Defender will grab the headlines and BMW's own concept is certainly bold, but it's the Alpina B3 that probably appeals most as an actual car. It follows the usual formula, which is no bad thing: take a flagship 3 Series, make it more luxurious, more dynamic and more powerful, paint it a cool colour and admire the result.

There's been a great deal of speculation around the latest G20-era Alpina models, with all those questions now able to be answered. Most interesting is the engine, because this B3 uses the new 2,993cc S58 straight-six- the one destined for the next M3 - and not the 2,998cc B58 as found in the Supra, Z4 and M340i. So it makes its peak power of 462hp higher and for longer than any of those B58 cars (from 5,000-7,000rpm), with torque of 516lb ft from 3,000rpm. Alpina says the B3 is capable of more than 186mph, and that this is the first Buchloe product designed with the 0-124mph sprint in mind; there isn't a time yet, although a "breathtaking" experience is promised.


Modifications over the M340i xDrive are predictably expansive. Alpina believes a B3 delivers "superior road holding, balanced handling and pronounced agility" over its (very good) predecessor thanks to wider tracks, greater suspension and chassis rigidity and more negative camber up front. There are new springs from Eibach, "enhanced" variable sports steering, a bespoke map for the automatic box (with proper paddles, at last!), 395mm front brake discs and an optional forged 20-inch wheel - saving 14kg in unsprung mass over regular rims.

Cosmetically, the B3 is marked out by the usual range of Alpina enhancements, including new intakes, four exhausts and reworked splitters to improve the aerodynamic balance, plus the Alpina Green and Alpina Blue colours that are unique to its cars. Lavalina leather is smothered over the cabin, with all manner of colour choices said to be available.

For the German market, Alpina says the car will be available to order from the first quarter of 2020 as a Touring, with deliveries commencing in the summer. We'd expect UK B3s to follow soon after, hopefully at least in time to show off the benefits of xDrive on slippery autumn roads...













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BigChiefmuffinAgain

152 posts

43 months

Tuesday 10th September
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Lovely thing - I had a B10V8S a while back and they are lovely cars. Certainly fits the "All the car you will ever need" tag.

Bar the new dashboard, of course.

lcs_turbo

42 posts

43 months

Tuesday 10th September
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Is it odd to covet one of these over a Porsche / Ferrari etc? There's just something about an Alpina that is very cool to me.

Gandahar

7,136 posts

73 months

Tuesday 10th September
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I'm not sure, the front grille looks a bit small.


Gandahar

7,136 posts

73 months

Tuesday 10th September
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Actually, I think this looks fantastic.

I'm enjoying seeing the stuff from Frankfurt so far. Might be less stuff there this year as reported, but some nice gems and also a couple of comedy cars to annoy Harry Metcalfe. I hope he is over there and will do a video.

Phil Dicky

5,724 posts

208 months

Tuesday 10th September
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That would do.

Onehp

1,088 posts

228 months

Tuesday 10th September
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Wow, based on the S58 this is a 'low powered' M engine, fascinating!

Basically an M3 estate but more suited to real life.

Love it.

Website says 1865kg unladen which is as expected.

sutts

514 posts

93 months

Tuesday 10th September
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Hell yes, that’s lovely. I like the green but would prefer the more traditional chrome grille surround and a smattering of satin chrome elsewhere to lift it a bit more.

simonbamg

353 posts

68 months

Tuesday 10th September
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not a fan of estates but thats not bad if it was specc'd correctly, however i bet a few of you are running to your man caves with a box of tissues over it

Sandpit Steve

258 posts

19 months

Tuesday 10th September
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That’s rather lovely. Well done Alpina (although they don’t often get it wrong, let’s face it).

Hopefully there’s a few of us around who still think an estate wagon is a much better car than an SUV. This will quite happily run the wife and kids around six days a week, but be a little bit of fun on a quiet Sunday morning.

Harry_523

177 posts

44 months

Tuesday 10th September
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Yum. 60 grand on this or on a Defender. No contest!

Am I alone in loving those 5 spoke wheels?

Onehp

1,088 posts

228 months

Tuesday 10th September
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Harry_523 said:
Am I alone in loving those 5 spoke wheels?
You won't be in the majority, for me nothing beats many evenly spaced thin spokes. Wheels are the easiest thing to change luckily.

scottygib553

161 posts

40 months

Tuesday 10th September
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That is just fantastic.

scottygib553

161 posts

40 months

Tuesday 10th September
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Actually I've just read the article and those specs. Fantastic-er.

Augustus Windsock

1,768 posts

100 months

Tuesday 10th September
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I’m not liking the silvery fang-things on the front bumper in the top photo, however they seem to be body-coloured in subsequent images (?) which is more to my liking.
Handsome thing, and something I would love in my garage (if the price is right).
Talking of price, I’m guessing that Alpina offers zero discounts, unlike the offerings from BMW?

Deerfoot

4,064 posts

129 months

Tuesday 10th September
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Augustus Windsock said:
I’m not liking the silvery fang-things on the front bumper in the top photo, however they seem to be body-coloured in subsequent images (?) which is more to my liking.
That`s just a reflection of the floor on the top photo isn`t it?

Oily76

92 posts

56 months

Tuesday 10th September
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Blimey, that is stunning. Haven't totally warmed to the styling of the saloon 3, but this looks just perfect.
Put me down for one please, and pay for it too while you're at it. Ta.

Harry_523

177 posts

44 months

Tuesday 10th September
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1865kg seems a bit steep though. I guess thats the effect of an extra turbo and AWD

ZX10R NIN

15,103 posts

70 months

Tuesday 10th September
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Just lovely.

Big GT

650 posts

37 months

Tuesday 10th September
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The Mutts Nuts

Glenn63

540 posts

29 months

Tuesday 10th September
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Perfect daily dog van for me, il take mine in that green with brown leather, multispokes and badge delete!