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.
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.