The new BMW ALPINA B3 Bi-Turbo

by Tim Jones on March 6, 2013, 11:17 am
The new BMW ALPINA B3 Bi-Turbo

Alpina has released the F30 3 Series based Alpina B3 Bi-Turbo. Powered by a twin turbo 3.0 (N54 anyone?) engine making 410hp that sends it from 0-62 in just 4.2 seconds. Beyond the massive power increase over the BMW 335i the B3 sports a full Alpina body work including front and rear spoilers and 20" signature Alpina wheels. Inside the interior gets Alpina tweaks including green accent stitching and Alpina badges.

Alpina F30 B3

The foundation that Burkard Bovensiepen laid in the 1960s in the form of a performance-enhanced BMW 1500, has since developed into a permanent fixture in the luxury sports car segment. What were then the first technologically and qualitatively relevant products marketed by ALPINA, namely four-cylinder petrol engines with Weber dual carburetors in the BMW Neue Klasse, are now in modern form high-tech automobiles. Equipped from the outset with the best possible genes by BMW, they currently represent the ultimate in performance, comfort, 'driving culture' and efficiency.

Alpina B3 interior

The new BMW ALPINA B3 Bi-Turbo combines these characteristics like no other automobile before it. The straight-six 3.0 liter engine equipped with two turbochargers delivers 410hp and a maximum torque of 600Nm. The adaptive ALPINA sport suspension system and the 8-Speed Sport-Automatic transmission with ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC deliver maximum comfort and impressive dynamics. Functional aerodynamics combine well with the trademark 20" ALPINA CLASSIC wheels and together with two elliptical double tailpipes create an elegant appearance. The new BMW ALPINA B3 Bi-Turbo accelerates from 0 - 62 mph in just 4.2 seconds, reaching a top speed of 190mph. When driven moderately, it consumes significantly less than 10 litres of Super plus (98 RON) per 100km and achieves a class-leading combined fuel consumption measured to ECE norm of just 7.6l/100km and 177g/km CO2 (Saloon RWD).

Alpina all wheel drive B3 Allrad

These extraordinary performance figures are also available for friends of all-wheel drive. The new BMW ALPINA B3 Bi-Turbo Allrad utilities the proven possibilities of the excellent BMW xDrive system and offers unparalleled levels of traction and driving dynamics.
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33 responses to The new BMW ALPINA B3 Bi-Turbo

Leslierc commented:
March 6, 2013, 12:05 pm

http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2...-3-series.html

Now THIS is a car!
kunal_D commented:
March 6, 2013, 12:27 pm

WOW... I want one right now!
dunderhi commented:
March 6, 2013, 12:38 pm

Now that's a beauty!

I saw a 13 B7x at my dealer two weeks ago and it made question my 6er purchase, well just for a moment before I got to thinking about the $145k price tag.
furby076 commented:
March 6, 2013, 12:52 pm

Is if the M3 is a 3 series on crack. Is the Alpina the 3 series on Cocaine?
Jamesonsviggen commented:
March 6, 2013, 1:16 pm

Only thing that speaks to me are the blue faced gauges. Would like them in my car!
JoeFromPA commented:
March 6, 2013, 1:27 pm

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Originally Posted by Jamesonsviggen View Post
Only thing that speaks to me are the blue faced gauges. Would like them in my car!
Go buy a volvo s60/v70 r from 2004-2007

This will be an awesome car to buy....when it's 3 years old and 50% depreciated as Alpina B7's have done!
Jamesonsviggen commented:
March 6, 2013, 1:40 pm

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Originally Posted by JoeFromPA View Post
Go buy a volvo s60/v70 r from 2004-2007

done!
I would, but know of too many horror stories in terms of cost of keeping them on the road, things like electronic dampers being $$. But I always oogle them at Carlisle each year.
jdefg2000 commented:
March 6, 2013, 2:31 pm

this works....
Zeichen311 commented:
March 6, 2013, 2:35 pm

First F30 I've seen that has tripped the "gimmegimmegimme" circuit.
And we can't have it Stateside.
dunderhi commented:
March 6, 2013, 4:39 pm

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Originally Posted by tim330i View Post
Alpina all wheel drive B3 Allrad

These extraordinary performance figures are also available for friends of all-wheel drive. The new BMW ALPINA B3 Bi-Turbo Allrad utilities the proven possibilities of the excellent BMW xDrive system and offers unparalleled levels of traction and driving dynamics.
A 190mph AWD compact wagon! I think Mrs Dunderhi would find that to be a suitable replacement for her X5M.

I don't think it would compete for M3 sales. So, BMW, please bring it to the States.
Jamesonsviggen commented:
March 6, 2013, 4:46 pm

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Originally Posted by Zeichen311 View Post
First F30 I've seen that has tripped the "gimmegimmegimme" circuit.
And we can't have it Stateside.
Really?

All I see is a body kit, big wheels, and some stripes. These are all things you can do to any F30 including using BMWs own performance body kit if you want a full warranty.
dunderhi commented:
March 6, 2013, 5:15 pm

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Originally Posted by Jamesonsviggen View Post
Really?

All I see is a body kit, big wheels, and some stripes. These are all things you can do to any F30 including using BMWs own performance body kit if you want a full warranty.
Please look a little closer. Alpina does significant modifications to the engine, transmission, suspension, interior, exterior, and carries a full BMW warranty. They are not an aftermarket company per se, Alpinas are built along side generic BMWs in the BMW factories, but they built to Alpina's performance specs. I believe the engine assembly and interior leather work is done in their own facilities.
tim330i commented:
March 6, 2013, 5:18 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamesonsviggen View Post
Really?

All I see is a body kit, big wheels, and some stripes. These are all things you can do to any F30 including using BMWs own performance body kit if you want a full warranty.
410hp and a Alpina Factory Warranty that is honored by BMW. Not exactly a body kit when you put a twin turbo in the F30

Tim
Jamesonsviggen commented:
March 6, 2013, 5:20 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by dunderhi View Post
Please look a little closer. Alpina does significant modifications to the engine, transmission, suspension, interior, exterior, and carries a full BMW warranty. They are not an aftermarket company per se, Alpinas are built along side generic BMWs in the BMW factories, but they built to Alpina's performance specs. I believe the engine assembly and interior leather work is done in their own facilities.
We were talking about looks, or at least that is how I interpreted him saying it was the first f30 he had "seen".

I am well aware of what Alpina does below the skin and it's history, thanks.
Jamesonsviggen commented:
March 6, 2013, 5:20 pm

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Originally Posted by tim330i View Post
410hp and a Alpina Factory Warranty that is honored by BMW. Not exactly a body kit when you put a twin turbo in the F30

Tim
Again, please read in context.
Jamesonsviggen commented:
March 6, 2013, 5:38 pm

Again, I am still on appearance...

Those wheels, 20" on a 3 series seem a bit big to me. I hope they are forged, if not they may be 30lbs which does nothing to help other performance improvements being clouted.

In my opinion, 19s are about as big as you would want on a 3 series.

I will say this is much better than the AC Scnitzer car which also showed at Geneva. That thing was downright hideous.
PeteRock commented:
March 6, 2013, 5:40 pm

pricetag??

I really like the looks, not OTT like some of the aftermarket mods some people are putting on, and obv will be a beast to drive.

I really want one
dunderhi commented:
March 6, 2013, 6:00 pm

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Originally Posted by Jamesonsviggen View Post
We were talking about looks, or at least that is how I interpreted him saying it was the first f30 he had "seen".

I am well aware of what Alpina does below the skin and it's history, thanks.
I had a different interpretation. The it's the first F30 I've seen that has tripped the "gimmegimmegimme" circuit comment was also what I felt and it little to do with the exterior package. I could take or leave the exterior mods, they don't grab me as anything special from anything else that others are offering. The Alpina difference is the finer leathers/interior finish and the drivetrain that make me want this car. I tend to spend more time inside my cars driving them than sitting outside looking at them, so that's what's more important to me. So, gimmegimmegimme!
captainaudio commented:
March 6, 2013, 6:25 pm

The $64,000 question is how much does it cost and what is the competitor in that price range?

CA
Jamesonsviggen commented:
March 6, 2013, 6:42 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by dunderhi View Post
I had a different interpretation. The it's the first F30 I've seen that has tripped the "gimmegimmegimme" circuit comment was also what I felt and it little to do with the exterior package. I could take or leave the exterior mods, they don't grab me as anything special from anything else that others are offering. The Alpina difference is the finer leathers/interior finish and the drivetrain that make me want this car. I tend to spend more time inside my cars driving them than sitting outside looking at them, so that's what's more important to me. So, gimmegimmegimme!
I agree completely.

I was just stating the styling does nothing for me compared to anything else offered from BMW(MSport, MPerformance) or aftermarket(a variety of body kits in a variety of materials) and much better wheel options are out there.

Mechanically, you have the N54 with some handling upgrades, like the 335is that was never offered in a sedan and in a higher state of tune. So that is definitely cool.
Zeichen311 commented:
March 6, 2013, 7:01 pm

Shall I edit my original post to replace "seen" with "read about?"
dunderhi's interpretation was the correct one. Although I do happen to like the exterior changes, and Alpina Blue is something pretty special, it's the total package that did it. This is a winner.
jlukja commented:
March 7, 2013, 12:48 am

I'll take two please.
alpinaman24 commented:
March 7, 2013, 11:29 am

available in US ?

they have alpinas for nearly most models but not allowed in US
Zeichen311 commented:
March 7, 2013, 12:10 pm

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Originally Posted by alpinaman24 View Post
available in US?
Nope.
Start sending those letters to BMW NA Customer Relations....


(But ... it's a long shot because it costs well over a million dollars to federalize & certify a powertrain. We won't get it unless the demand justifies that investment.)
jdauria commented:
March 7, 2013, 12:21 pm

Awesome! but will probably be stupid expensive
serge_ua commented:
March 7, 2013, 4:20 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Zeichen311 View Post
Nope.
Start sending those letters to BMW NA Customer Relations....


(But ... it's a long shot because it costs well over a million dollars to federalize & certify a powertrain. We won't get it unless the demand justifies that investment.)
How much more over $1M? I am just curious. If it is, say, $2M, and they expect to sell 1000 cars, that would be +$2K per car...
Jamesonsviggen commented:
March 7, 2013, 4:39 pm

B7 is the only Alpina we get because it has a place in the lineup as there is no M car in the 7 series. We will not see this or most other Alpina products here for that reason.

I can only think of one other Alpina car here in the past decade, the Z8. It was only offered as an automatic. Once again, it had its place as BMW was offering the Z8 as manual only.
guidosarducci commented:
March 8, 2013, 6:28 pm

will this car be available in the U.S.? I've heard Europe only.
z4 driving commented:
March 10, 2013, 5:58 pm

Love it... !!!
STRIMELLE commented:
March 17, 2013, 2:42 pm

I am very please to hear about this serie 3
Im am waiting for the exact same model, in serie 4
eurogrup commented:
March 20, 2013, 12:10 am

Speachless
STRIMELLE commented:
March 20, 2013, 3:52 am

Let-us hope a very soon upgrading of the serie 4.

I would by it immediately.

Cordially
SD330i commented:
March 20, 2013, 4:10 am

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Originally Posted by Jamesonsviggen View Post
B7 is the only Alpina we get because it has a place in the lineup as there is no M car in the 7 series. We will not see this or most other Alpina products here for that reason.

I can only think of one other Alpina car here in the past decade, the Z8. It was only offered as an automatic. Once again, it had its place as BMW was offering the Z8 as manual only.
We were just passed by a B7 on the I-5 freeway just outside of Oceanside Ca tonite on the way back to San Diego from San Clemente ( my hometown ). Beautiful AW color just cruising in the fast lane.. Don't see many of these even in SoCal