With BMW M being actually cussed about launching Touring fashions lately, you’ve in all probability heard lots of people recommending Alpina merchandise as a substitute. It could develop into a little bit of a cliche, however for these in search of a Touring mannequin with extra energy than they want, Alpina options may simply do the trick. It’s the case with the B5 BiTurbo and now with the Alpina B3 Touring.
Unveiled in full for the primary time on the Frankfurt Motor Present earlier this week, the Alpina B3 Touring now additionally has an attractive video on Youtube, in case you weren’t satisfied but. So what’s it? Effectively, underneath the hood of the B3 Touring hides a 3-liter straight six engine developed to the liking of the Buchloe-based firm. You may suppose its an upgraded B58 engine however you’d be mistaken as what we’re coping with here’s a detuned model of the S58 unit which can be used on the upcoming M3, however with ‘solely’ 462 HP. It has bespoke turbos and delivers 700 Nm of torque, to all 4 wheels of the automobile.
The xDrive system has additionally been optimized to work flawlessly with the automobile and the electronically managed locking differential on the rear axle. Based on Alpina, their B3 Touring can attain a prime velocity of 300 km/h (186 mph) which must be loads for anybody on the market. Sadly, for the second, we don’t have any efficiency figures, corresponding to 0-62 mph acceleration instances however they need to be actually near the 4-second mark.
Thus, for those who’re in search of an M3 Touring, that is the automobile to get. It even has the identical engine underneath the hood, admittedly with a few small tweaks achieved to it, to maintain it according to the way in which Alpina does issues. Now, would you go for this or the BMW M340i xDrive Touring?