2020 Alpina B3 Sedan Takes A Swing At The Upcoming BMW M3

Can’t wait for BMW to launch the new-gen M3? Well, then the 2020 Alpina B3 Sedan could be exactly what the doctor ordered. Unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, it follows in the footsteps of the new B3 Touring and will launch in the first quarter of 2020.

Power comes from Munich’s 3.0-liter, twin-turbo inline-six that’s been reengineered by Alpina and paired to an 8-speed ZF auto ‘box. It generates 462 PS (455 HP / 340 kW) at 5,000-7,000 rpm and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque between 3,000 and 4,250 rpm. Flat out, it will do 303 km/h (188 mph), and the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint takes 3.8 seconds, or 0.1-sec quicker than the B3 Touring.

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Like its estate sibling, the sports sedan packs BMW’s xDrive-based intelligent all-wheel drive system that variably distributes torque between the two axles as needed. Maximizing traction during high-speed cornering is an electronically controlled rear limited-slip differential, whereas contributing to the dynamic yet comfortable ride is the re-tuned suspension with three driving modes (Comfort+, Comfort and Sport). Moreover, a Sport+ driving mode is available for the variable sports steering, torque distribution and gearbox.

Several aerodynamic elements, a sports exhaust system with twin tailpipes integrated into the rear diffuser and 20-inch forged wheels (19-inch for winter tires) shod in Pirelli rubber contribute to the revised stance of the car. Customers can also choose between the model-exclusive Alpina Blue Metallic and Alpina Green Metallic paint finishes.

Inside, there are ‘Alpina’ door sills, a plaque with the models production build number, a hand-stitched Lavalina leather sports steering wheel and metal emblems in the floor mats and seat backrests. The company’s in-house leather shop offers virtually unlimited customization options, allowing owners to tailor the interior to their personal preferences.


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  • Dennis James

    Aplina fixed a lot of what was wrong with the G20 3-series. They even changed the turbocharger setup to a twin-turbo. And the wheels are leagues above the two-tone black and polish ghetto wheels that every manufacturer uses now. Nice car !

  • maxnix

    I would love an opportunity to buy this in the USA. The engine has changed to the S58 which was the twin turbo all the way from the beginning. Best of all it does not have the twin lung Grill if the new and models.

  • Bob

    BMW should soon consider leaving the car-building to Alpina.

  • Christian Wimmer

    Those legendary Alpina wheels look so damn good on EVERY BMW ever made. Seriously.

    • maxnix

      The forged ones in particular.

  • Jim Ragland

    Man, a blacked out grille on this car would look sinister. Love this shade of blue.

  • BarryFastCars

    Alpina should really consider exporting the B3 to the USA this generation. The new M3 will be a ghastly monstrosity that is not purchasable by anyone with taste. They would make a big dent in those sales with this elegant beauty.

  • maxnix

    Definitely send the B3 in sedan and a few Touring and the B4 to the USA. Not everyone wants twin lung grills on the front and not everyone takes the family car to the track.

    It is interesting Alpina returned to the shift buttons on the wheel instead of the paddles they used for the B4S recently.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Good eye re:shift buttons. I like previous iterations that featured them more prominently on the wheel. Also missing the traditional Alpina colors stitching.

  • Nowan

    even with bland and horrid recently BMW cars, Alpina often successfull to make them look cool

  • Tumbi Mtika

    This is the best-looking G20 we will ever get. That’s not saying much, but unlike the OEM, Alpina tried everything short of redesigning the damn thing, and they did it well. Stellar work as always, especially with those wheels.

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