Published on 14 Mar 2013 by Dan Read
Alpina’s latest BMW 3-Series based B3 has been revealed but UK buyers will have to wait until the summer to get their hands on the saloon and touring versions that are being shown at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Prices haven’t been confirmed but Alpina are calling their modifications the most “in-depth ever undertaken” on the 3-Series.
As the same suggests, power comes from a twin-turbo 3.0 litre straight-six petrol that produces 404 hp and 442lb ft of torque. There’s an eight-speed auto gearbox that helps the driver get between 0 and 62 mph in 4.2 seconds and go onto a top speed of 190 mph. Economy is 37.2 mpg and the CO2 emissions are 177g/km.
As you’d expect from Alpina, the chassis and styling have been upgraded in their subtle way. Alpina badges and custom wheels also make the B3 stand out on British roads crowded by 3-Series saloons. Alpina have plans for an all-wheel drive version but it won’t be made in right-hand drive.
Alpina are also using the Geneva Motor Show to display the XD3 Bi-turbo, which is their first take on an SUV. It uses a 3.0 litre straight-six diesel that offers 345 hp and 516lb ft of torque. It will get to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds and go onto 146 mph. According to Alpina, it’s the most powerful diesel powered SUV on the market. With the trademark Alpina front end and 20-inch Alpina Classic wheels, the XD3 Bi-turbo might be the first in a long line of tricked up SUVs and crossovers to come out of the German manufacturer whose processes are integrated into BMW’s production lines.