RE: Latest Alpina B3 Biturbo spy shots

RE: Latest Alpina B3 Biturbo spy shots

Tuesday 6th August

Latest Alpina B3 Biturbo spy shots

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...

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





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cerb4.5lee

Original Poster:

12,145 posts

124 months

Tuesday 6th August
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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

134 posts

39 months

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

steveb8189

236 posts

135 months

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

E65Ross

22,907 posts

156 months

Tuesday 6th August
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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

8,236 posts

196 months

Tuesday 6th August
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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

51 posts

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

thiscocks

2,014 posts

139 months

Tuesday 6th August
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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

140 posts

129 months

Tuesday 6th August
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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

134 posts

39 months

Tuesday 6th August
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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

134 posts

39 months

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

Oily76

88 posts

55 months

Tuesday 6th August
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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

88 posts

55 months

Tuesday 6th August
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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

633 posts

36 months

Tuesday 6th August
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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

966 posts

169 months

Tuesday 6th August
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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

4,547 posts

113 months

Tuesday 6th August
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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

371 posts

13 months

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

Burnham

3,505 posts

203 months

Tuesday 6th August
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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

961 posts

176 months

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

CB 987

218 posts

91 months

Tuesday 6th August
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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

210 posts

57 months

Tuesday 6th August
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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!