RE: Latest Alpina B3 Biturbo spy shots

RE: Latest Alpina B3 Biturbo spy shots

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eftiem64

26 posts

23 months

Tuesday 6th August
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Love Alpinas. Hope to own one, one day. The Touring would be my choice.

Trouble is, you can get a low mileage M5 Comp for what these cost new!

DevonPaul

665 posts

81 months

Wednesday 7th 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.
They are understated, they're one of the few BMWs that come without an //M badge.

Paul

Wills2

15,800 posts

119 months

Wednesday 7th 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.
Not really.



E65Ross

22,907 posts

156 months

Wednesday 7th August
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Wills2 said:
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.
Not really.


Which Alpina is that? Is it the M3/4 rival? Or the 330d rival?

NewUsername

51 posts

Wednesday 7th August
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E65Ross said:
Wills2 said:
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.
Not really.


Which Alpina is that? Is it the M3/4 rival? Or the 330d rival?
https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/comparison-bmw-m3-versus-alpina-d3

looks like the m rival , i'm not sure where youre going as the M's these days have much more aggressive bumpers, wings, body than the alpina's

granted the Alpinas have a fair bit of graphics but you dont have to spec them ;-)

E65Ross

22,907 posts

156 months

Wednesday 7th August
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NewUsername said:
E65Ross said:
Wills2 said:
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.
Not really.


Which Alpina is that? Is it the M3/4 rival? Or the 330d rival?
https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/comparison-bmw-m3-versus-alpina-d3

looks like the m rival , i'm not sure where youre going as the M's these days have much more aggressive bumpers, wings, body than the alpina's

granted the Alpinas have a fair bit of graphics but you dont have to spec them ;-)
That's the D3, the proper M3 rival is the B3.


BSSBMW

210 posts

57 months

Wednesday 7th August
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The F3x B3 and the D3 which are based on the SE look pretty much identical and are definitely more understated than a pumped up M car.

Kolbenkopp

1,763 posts

95 months

Wednesday 7th August
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Hohum.... I'm not sure about the whole exercise any more tbh. Recently had the pleasure of driving a couple thousand km over a week in a B58+ZF8 car (M240i). It's all very impressive, but all things considered not that spectacular. Oodles of accessible torque, not much noise, noticeable torque converter slushiness, very linear, distinct lag, heavy car feeling heavy (which wiill be worse in a 3 series based product, Alpina magic or not). The most impressive bit was actually balance / suspension (had the adaptive bits) which I expected to be much worse over worn alpine roads.

The sad truth is IMO it feels like they are really emulating a powerful electrical car as best as possible.

HM-2

4,547 posts

113 months

Thursday 8th August
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Kolbenkopp said:
distinct lag
I remain convinced that people who claim there's "distinct lag" on the B58 don't understand what "lag" actually is.
It's a 3,000cc engine with a tiny turbo and makes peak torque from 2500RPM.

JD

1,799 posts

172 months

Thursday 8th August
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E65Ross said:
That's the D3, the proper M3 rival is the B3.

And one looks like a factory car, and one looks like a chavved up three series.

Along with the almost standard B3 xxx or D3 xxx plate.

Question, would you rather get stuck in a lift with an Alpina owner, or Impreza wrx owner?

Plate spinner

13,278 posts

144 months

Thursday 8th August
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Are these classed as a BMW and Alpina is a spec (as in Merc AMG) or is Alpina still classed as the manufacturer?

Just curious really.

Tonk68

7 posts

3 months

Thursday 8th August
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Alpina is classed as a manufacturer now producing 1,700 cars a year, they come with the BMW vin number scored out and an Alpina one added the last three numbers of this corresponds to the build number plaque in the car

E65Ross

22,907 posts

156 months

Thursday 8th August
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JD said:
E65Ross said:
That's the D3, the proper M3 rival is the B3.

And one looks like a factory car, and one looks like a chavved up three series.

Along with the almost standard B3 xxx or D3 xxx plate.

Question, would you rather get stuck in a lift with an Alpina owner, or Impreza wrx owner?
I'd say the Alpina looks just as tarted up as an M car, with the 4 exhausts and boot lip spoiler etc.

Burnham

3,505 posts

203 months

Thursday 8th August
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E65Ross said:
JD said:
E65Ross said:
That's the D3, the proper M3 rival is the B3.

And one looks like a factory car, and one looks like a chavved up three series.

Along with the almost standard B3 xxx or D3 xxx plate.

Question, would you rather get stuck in a lift with an Alpina owner, or Impreza wrx owner?
I'd say the Alpina looks just as tarted up as an M car, with the 4 exhausts and boot lip spoiler etc.
I guess customers don't want it looking like a standard 320 either, so its clearly hard to strike a balance that suits everyone.

okenemem

443 posts

138 months

Monday 12th August
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cant wait

Kolbenkopp

1,763 posts

95 months

Thursday
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HM-2 said:
I remain convinced that people who claim there's "distinct lag" on the B58 don't understand what "lag" actually is.
It's a 3,000cc engine with a tiny turbo and makes peak torque from 2500RPM.
Yup, sorry that was badly worded. It's not the engine lagging, but the drive train as such. IMO there's a huge delay between right foot input and anything happening RE acceleration. The ZF8 is nice, the calibration as good as it gets with BMW, but it's still a slush box. Combined with the engine mapping, feels to me one either gets Jackyll or Hyde, depending on torque requested via pedal. IMVHO the gear box works much better with their diesels.

Perhaps the more beefy Alpina petrol can emulate... But IMO the B58 needs a manual.

HM-2

4,547 posts

113 months

Thursday
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Kolbenkopp said:
IMO there's a huge delay between right foot input and anything happening RE acceleration.
In Eco and Comfort I definitely do get the odd moment where the ZF8 can be a bit dimwitted, especially when approaching roundabouts or junctions. And it can be a bit overzealous in kickdown from 8th at low load (like on the motorway), particularly in Eco Pro. But in Sport it's generally excellent (on par with the VW DSG in spirited driving and much better than the double-clutch box in the pre-FL A45 AMG which is dreadful) and manual mode is great- unless I'm on a motorway slog I only ever drive my M140i in manual mode.

Edited by HM-2 on Thursday 15th August 10:34