WHEN they arrive in Australia late in quarter three of this year, the awesome 2020 BMW ALPINA B3 sedan and touring range will offer an exceptional sporting performance, together with an impressive array of safety, technology and comfort.
Set to be priced from $142,900 plus on-road costs for the sedan, and $145,900 plus on-road costs for the touring, both offerings will be powered by a new, ALPINA-specific version of the BMW S58 engine.
This 3.0-litre bi-turbo straight six-cylinder unit features specific ALPINA turbochargers, cooling system and exhaust. Combined with specific ECU tuning, this power unit delivers some 340kW of power and 700Nm of torque.
“We are extremely excited to bring these amazing new BMW ALPINA vehicles to the Australian market,” ALPINA Australia national sales manager Phil Jeffery said.
“Both the new B3 sedan and B3 touring offer a unique blend of power, agility and luxury as standard,” he said.
“Of course, the ability to truly customise the vehicle with a wide range of bespoke ALPINA items adds further appeal to the model range.”
Coupled to an eight-speed, torque converter-equipped automatic gearbox and a specifically-tuned BMW xDrive rear-biased all-wheel drive system, the BMW ALPINA B3 sedan reaches 100km/h from rest in only 3.8 seconds (touring: 3.9).
For the first time, the BMW ALPINA features anatomically-optimised gear shift paddles mounted on the rear of the steering wheel. Fuel economy is rated at 11.1-litres/100km for either variant.
Using the highly-awarded, new-generation BMW 3 Series as a base has enabled ALPINA engineers to develop a superior ride and handling package over the predecessor model.
Up front, the ALPINA-specific front pivot joints enable increased negative camber, improving grip and steering response. The steering system itself is electrically-assisted and offers a variable ratio, improving low-speed manoeuvrability and high-speed stability.
Eibach springs are fitted at each corner, as well as three-stage variable dampers, offering SPORT+, SPORT, COMFORT and COMFORT+ modes; the latter an exclusive ALPINA setting that melds impressive steering response with a relaxed, absorbent ride over bumpy roads.
Braking is taken care of via the ALPINA performance braking system. Impressive 395mm front brake discs are clamped via four-piston calipers, while on the rear 345mm discs use a floating-piston caliper.
Performance aside, and in addition to an astoundingly long list of standard equipment that exudes luxury, the BMW ALPINA B3 range can be individualised via a range of optional equipment.
Bespoke, crafted LAVALINA leather interior packages are offered, using ALPINA’s in-house saddlery to offer a truly unique luxury solution in the cockpit.
A range of metallic paints, upholstery colours and interior trims are available, while 20-inch ALPINA CLASSIC alloy wheels and a glass sunroof further enhance the B3 experience.
The BMW ALPINA B3 sedan and touring are both covered by a three-year, unlimited kilometre warranty. Complimentary roadside assistance is also provided for this time
For maximum convenience, all vehicles sold by ALPINA Australia can be serviced via an
official BMW dealership. BMW’s Service Inclusive program is available for the BMW