Recently unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show this year, the Alpina B3 Sedan will join the B3 Touring, XD3 and B5 stable mates on Australia showroom floors, with deliveries expected in the second half of 2020.
“We are proud to confirm Australian availability for both the B3 Sedan and Touring variants” said Alpina Australia National Sales Manager, Phil Jeffery.
“The new B3 Sedan now gives our customers the option of a traditional sports sedan, with the incredible mix of performance and luxury that Alpina is renowned for” he said.
Powering the B3 is the 3.0-litre bi-turbo petrol S58 powerplant from BMW (the same one that will be used in the new BMW M3), that has been tinkered with by the boffins in Buchloe, and makes use of unique turbochargers, and different cooling and exhaust systems. The result of this is peak power of 340 kW between 5,000 and 7,000 rpm, hurling the unassumingly and deceptively quick sports sedan from 0-100km/h in just 3.8 seconds (3.9 seconds for the Touring variant). Torque is a monstrous 700 Nm, available between 3,000 and 4,250 rpm, and power delivery is extremely linear and well matched to the drivers throttle input, ensuring a strong response in every situation. All of this, whilst only sipping a combined average fuel economy of 11L/100km.
But Alpina isn’t just about performance. It must not be confused with an M-car. Yes, it is seriously powerful, yes, it will be blisteringly fast, yes it is also very exclusive. But for those who know the Alpina brand, you’ll know it tends to do things a bit differently.
Performance notes aside, Alpina has also fetted with BMW’s intuitive xDrive All-Wheel Drive system, combined with a rear-axle mounted, electronically controlled limited-slip differential paired with an eight-speed “switch-tronic” automatic gearbox, featuring CNC’d solid aluminium steering-wheel mounted shift paddles. The new shifting system has Alpina-specific transmission software and upgraded transmission mechatronics to ensure impressive driving situations. The system is also able to shift drive torque to the front axle if the driving situation demands it, otherwise it’s biased toward the rear wheels for driving dynamics and agility.
The Alpina B3 makes use of world renowned Eibach springs fitted at each corner, with Alpina specific front pivot joints that enable increased negative camber, which in turn improves steering response and grip. The dampers are variable and feature three stages, with Sport, Comfort and Comfort + settings. (Comfort + is an exclusive Alpina setting).
Stopping the B3 are some seriously impressive brakes, with rotors that measure 395mm at the front and 345mm at the rear. Brake Calipers are painted in Alpina Blue with white Alpina Logo’s printed on them, with the front calipers being four-piston and rears making use of a single floating-piston caliper.
In true Alpina fashion, the B3’s exterior design is exceedingly tasteful and refreshing, and stays true to it’s heritage with hallmark Alpina touches such as a free-floating Alpina logo sitting proudly on the front apron, and large air intakes to not only ensure it gets optimal cooling, but also looks discreetly aggressive. The rear end features a Alpina sports exhaust system with quad tail pipes with a bespoke rear apron. There is also a very discreet boot lid spoiler, that elegantly finishes off the body kit, and also gives a nod to the performance that’s just waiting to be unleashed.
Inside, the B3 certainly feels a step above the top spec 3-series BMW model it is based on, with hand-stitched leatherwork highlighting the interior opulence. Alpina Badged entry sills feature as soon as the open the door, with the hand-stitched Lavalina leather steering wheel (that was created in Alpina’s own leather works) and prominent Alpina logo taking centre stage. There is also a vehicle specific production plaque showing your build number, with Alpina logos also adorning the floor mats and seat backrests. Rear luggage volume is also practical, with 480L of volume at it’s disposal.
Customers are also able to choose their own piping, stitching, embroidery and embossing if they so choose.
The B3 Sedan also features BMW’s ConnectedDrive technology and professional satellite navigation system, with the full-colour dash display being an Alpina specific design. There is also natural voice recognition and the traditional easy to use iDrive controller that we’ve come to know and love with BMW models.
With the local launch still at least 6 months away, pricing or specifications for the B3 Sedan are yet to be confirmed by Alpina Automobiles Australia.