The Alpina B3 Touring is the M3 we really want
No M3 touring? Alpina has the answer.
Alpina is one of the most popular German car tuning companies in the world, thanks to its great history of tuned BMWs, and the latest B3 Touring is exactly the kind of car we want but BMW doesn't want to offer.
The BMW M3 has always been offered as a 4-door saloon or as a 2-door sports car, but it has never been offered as an estate. Audi builds fast estates for decades, and Mercedes is also in the game for fast and practical wagons, but BMW doesn't. Their officials explained that the practical version of the M3 is the X3 M- which is an SUV- and that is what customers will likely buy, Unfortunately, the X3 M is a terrible car, so we didn't have a good practical M3... until now.
Alpina have taken the regular 3-series touring and beefed it up with massive 20-inch alloy wheels, huge quad-exhaust pipes, a deeper front bumper and some subtle side skirts, and in addition to the dark emerald green colour, it is a looker. But still, the party piece is under the bonnet.
It comes with the same 3.0 litre twin-turbocharged straight-six found in the X3 M. While both cars have similar power outputs -455hp- Alpina have given the engine more torque, pushing out 700Nm of torque. The engine is mated through BMW's 8-speed automatic and it should be capable of a 0-100km/h time from a standstill of around 4 seconds.
The interior has been subtly changed compared to the normal 3-series. Aside from some badges and a different colour in the gauge cluster screen, it all looks quite similar. The trim may not be to everyone's taste, but i find it posh and luxurious feeling.
Pricing is the best part, though. Prices will start at 60.000€, which makes this a great bargain, being considerably cheaper than a C63 estate and even the normal M3.