Alpina used the 83rd edition of the Geneva Motor Show to display two models. The first was the firm’s latest version of the B3. British drivers will have to wait until the summer for the saloon and touring versions of Alpina’s latest take on the BMW 3-Series, but the car was on display at the motor show along with its specs, which suggest that the B3 Biturbo will be worth the wait.
The German firm say that the B3 contains modifications that are their most “in-depth even undertaken” on the 3-Series. To justify that claim they’ve uprated the twin-turbo 3.0 litre so it produces 404 hp and 442lb ft of torque. The BMW straights-six engine is attached to an eight speed gearbox that helps the saloon version accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 4.2 secs. The economy is a reasonable 37.2 mpg combined and the CO2 emissions of 177g/km are pretty good for a car whose top speed is 190 mph.
The chassis has been uprated to accept the power and the styling has been changed subtly, so there are Alpina badges where you would expect to find them and the car sits on custom alloy wheels, both of which will make it stand out from other 3-Series models on the road. Alpina are planning a four-wheel drive version, but it won’t come to Britain as there are no plans for a right-hand drive version.
Aside from the 3-Series based B3, Alpina are also using the 2013 Geneva Motor Show to reveal the XD3 Biturbo. Like the B3 it’s powered by a 3.0 litre straight six engine, but the 345 hp and 526lb ft of torque the engine generates comes from diesel power. The top speed is 146 mph and it will reach 62 mph in less than 5.0 seconds. This is the firm’s first SUV, so perhaps they will branch out into other segments of the market as BMW continue to do so.