Uprated and understated: The B3 is BMW tuner Alpina’s take on the new 3-Series
The latest Alpina makes its world premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show
Alpina’s latest B3 sedan, shown at the Tokyo Motor Show, gets the typical Alpina goodies: lower suspension, more power, body kit … you get the idea. Alpina has tuned BMW’s sweetheart 3.0-liter straight-six to 462 hp and 500-plus lb-ft of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic.
Alpina says the all-wheel-drive B3 can hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds (three-tenths faster than a stock M340i xDrive) and has a 188 mph (!) top speed. Meanwhile, we speculated in January that BMW’s next M3 will have between 444 hp and 500 hp.
Alpina says its variable damper control has comfort-plus, comfort and sport modes (adjusting the steering, as well), while the brakes are 15-inch discs in front, 13.5 in the rear. The calipers are finished in Alpina blue with a white Alpina logo. Drilled discs are optional.
As far as we know, for now Alpina is only sending its B7 sedan to the States, but the company does say the U.S. is among its biggest markets, so here’s hoping.