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Alpina B3S BiTurbo Touring

Alpina B3S BiTurbo Touring

REVIEW

“What’s an Alpina?” – that’s the question a lot of people ask when presented with one in front of them. Well the short answer is, Alpina creates very special cars based on BMWs – think of them as a more sophisticated, more understated alternative to the BMW M-cars, but still just as brutally fast. This B3S BiTurbo Touring is a prime example of that – the 3.0 litre twin turbo six cylinder engine is tuned to 438bhp (that’s more than the M3 in case you were wondering) but there’s also 660Nm of torque. And the small point that BMW don’t make an M3 estate. There’s an 8spd ZF automatic gearbox and suspension tuned for a slightly comfier ride – but still firm enough to make the B3S a weapon on the twisty bits and the not inconsiderable matter of over 35mpg. There’s a unique Alpina body kit, their trademark ‘turbine’ wheels and even some wonderfully retro side graphics (thankfully optional). You can make your Alpina as classy or as lairy as you want it to be. They are a fantastic alternative to BMW’s sportiest offerings and rare too – we think they’re the hidden gems of the automotive world.

Stats

Engine / Cylsi6 Turbo Power438bhp
Displacement3.0ltr Torque660 Nm
Engine PositionFront Top Speed190mph
DrivetrainRWD CO2180 g/km
MPG35.8 mpg Retail Price£63,000
0-62mph4.3secs Cash Alternative£50,000

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