Tuning firm Alpina has revealed its fettled version of the updated BMW 3 Series, the B3, along with its diesel D3 S counterpart not sold here.
The B3 sedan and Touring wagon will be here before the end of 2022, with pricing kicking off at $152,900 before on-roads.
Like the 3 Series update, there’s a revised interior with new technology, while outside there are detail changes compared to the existing B3.
The Buchloe-based tuning firm has also given the B3 some more oomph courtesy of a new exhaust system and new engine software.
- 2022 Alpina B3 sedan: $152,900
- 2022 Alpina B3 Touring: $155,900
All prices exclude on-road costs.
The 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine in the B3 produces 364kW of power (at 5000-7000rpm) and 730Nm of torque (at 2500-4500rpm).
That’s up 24kW and 30Nm on the outgoing model, with peak power now available 500rpm lower.
Those outputs also align it with the recently-revealed B4 Gran Coupe, and in Touring guise it has the same 0-100km/h sprint time of 3.7 seconds.
The B3 sedan is quicker still with a 3.6-second sprint time.
All B3 models feature an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission and rear-biased xDrive all-wheel drive.
Alpina claims combined cycle (WLTP) fuel consumption of 10.1L/100km.
The Alpina B3 measures 4719mm long, 1827mm wide and 1440mm tall, on a 2851mm wheelbase in sedan guise. Claimed boot space is 480L.
The Touring has a 2mm lower roofline, and has a claimed boot space of between 500L and 1510L depending on whether the seats are folded.
The Alpina B3 hasn’t been crash tested by Euro NCAP or ANCAP, but the BMW 3 Series on which it’s based has a five-star rating based on testing carried out in 2019.
It scored 97 per cent for adult occupant protection, 87 per cent for child occupant protection, 87 per cent for vulnerable road user protection, and 77 per cent for safety assist.
Standard safety equipment includes:
- Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Lane departure warning
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Driver attention monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Reversing camera
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Eight airbags
Servicing and Warranty
The Alpina range is backed by a three-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty, with three years of free roadside assist.
Maintenance is priced in line with the BMW M340i. A three-year service plan costs $1800.
Standard equipment in the B3 includes:
- 14.9-inch driver display
- Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB+ digital radio
- 16-speaker Harman/Kardon surround sound system
- Heated steering wheel and seats
- Vernasca leather seat trim, Alpina-branded headrests
- Alpina door sill finishers, floor mats
- Parking Assistant Plus
- Keyless entry and start
- Lavalina leather steering wheel trim, blue/green Alpina stitching
- Piano black interior trim with Alpina branding
- 19-inch alloy wheels with Alpina-specific Pirelli tyres
- Adaptive dampers including Alpina-specific Comfort Plus mode
- Rear lip spoiler
Opting for the Autobahn Edition (pricing unconfirmed) adds:
- Alpina Blue or Alpina Green II paint
- Leather-piped floor mats
- Leather-piped boot floor map
- Aluminium shift paddles
- High performance brake system
- 20-inch alloy wheels
- Merino leather interior trim
- Leather-wrapped dashboard
- Adaptive LED headlights
- Automatic high-beam
- Wireless phone charging
- Extended black trim (Shadow Line Extended)