M3 too obvious? The Alpina alternative is on the way...
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...
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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.
scottygib55306 Aug 2019
Yeah yeah just bring out the estate already
steveb818906 Aug 2019
What sort of factory warranty do you get on these?
E65Ross06 Aug 2019
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.
Cupramax06 Aug 2019
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?