A rival to the likes of the Audi RS4 Avant and Mercedes-AMG C63, it’s powered by the 3.0-liter, straight-six twin-turbo S58 engine, tuned to deliver 462 PS (455 hp / 340 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque. Directing the output to the all-wheel drive system is an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission.
The new B3 Touring also packs a limited-slip rear differential and Launch Control function that has been optimized for the 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) sprint. Alpina didn’t say how quick it is to 100 km/h (62 mph), but it has a top speed that exceeds the 300 km/h (186 mph) mark in Sport+ mode, the rest being Comfort, Comfort+ and Sport.
The suspension has been updated with Eibach springs, larger stabilizers and Variable Damper Control. The improved brakes comprise of 395 mm front and 345 mm rear discs with four-piston fixed calipers finished in Alpina Blue and featuring the company’s logo in white. Available at a premium are lightweight drilled brake discs with heat-resistant pads.
Further highlighting the tuned 3-Series Touring’s design are a number of aerodynamic enhancements, which provide better cooling and reduce lift at high speeds for increased stability. A couple of twin tailpipes are integrated into the rear diffuser that features small fins in the middle for a more dynamic approach. The 19-inch Dynamic wheels are shod in 255/35 front and 265/35 rear winter tires, and the Classic 20-inch ones are wearing 255/30 and 265/30 front and rear rubber, respectively.
Reserved for Alpina models are the Blue and Green metallic paint finishes. Should they not be to your liking, then you could also choose between a variety of other shades from BMW and BMW Individual.
More customization options are available in the cockpit and include Lavalina leather, piping, stitching, embroidery and embossing made to customer specification, alongside new door sills and floor mats. The digital instrument display with the new Alpina design, infotainment system, navigation, Parking Assistant, Active Guard Plus and others are also standard.
Alpina will launch the new B3 Touring in Q1, 2020, with deliveries starting next summer and pricing to be announced in due course.