Alpina B3 S Biturbo Coupé in the test

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Alpina B3 S Biturbo Coupé in the test
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I in its first stage and without the S In terms of its name, the BMW Alpina B3 maintained a respectable distance from the big BMW M brother with a V8 engine. 360 biturbo horsepower from Buchloe contrasted with the 420 naturally aspirated horsepower in the BMW M3 from Garching.

Now the reluctance of the small series manufacturer towards the large corporation that supplies the body shells and basic technology seems to be over: Thanks to fundamental The three-liter in-line six-cylinder in the Alpina specification, which still relies on two turbochargers, now mobilizes up to 400 horsepower modifications in the engine peripherals. The Alpina B3 Biturbo is at least nominally closer to the M GmbH sports model.

Alpina remains optically restrained

Of course, the newcomer remains true to Alpina's claim of dignified understatement. With the Alpina B3 S Biturbo, the eye will look in vain for a distinctive nose hump or strikingly designed exterior mirrors like the one on the BMW M3. In return, the model range offered in Buchloe is even larger than the sports model from M. While the model is only available as a coupé, convertible or sedan and only with rear-wheel drive, Alpina also offers the three-seater with S identification as a touring model. With the exception of the convertible, the all-wheel drive mentioned at BMW xDrive is optionally available everywhere for an extra charge of 3,000 euros.

The clientele who get their money's worth at Alpina is therefore a larger, albeit probably not less well-off. The neat Alpina B3 Biturbo is not available for less than 61,200 euros. The four-door sedan with rear-wheel drive is available for this. The most expensive Alpina B3 S model is also the rear-wheel drive hardtop convertible. That changes hands from 70,600 euros.

It includes excellent ergonomics and fine materials in the classically elegant interior of the Alpina B3 Biturbo, as well as the BMW business radio with CD player, the xenon Light including headlight cleaning system or the Alpina fine wood equipment. The 19-inch wheels in dynamic design mounted on the test car, on the other hand, cost extra and cause confusion at first.

Hide and seek with the valves

Where are the valves that can be used to check the tire pressure? Behind the lockable wheel hub covers, is the answer. This is niceBecause no valve pin disturbs the filigree look of the Alpina B3 Biturbo, it makes the spontaneous reduction in tire pressure, which is required in the test during sidesteps on the racetrack, more difficult, because in this case the key has to be used to release the pressure.

Maybe points However, this fact also indicates that Alpina does not see the purpose of the Alpina B3 Biturbo S primarily away from public roads. This assumption is supported by the fact that, in contrast to the BMW M3, the chassis set-up is comparatively comfortable. This means that travel comfort is extremely good, but it also has the disadvantage of a noticeable body roll when cornering quickly.

As a result, the subjectively and objectively much more powerful 400 PS model is not able to match the 360 Powerful predecessors in the test on the small course in Hockenheim or on the 180 meter long slalom course to overtake the rank. On the contrary: the Alpina B3 Biturbo rushes through the Pylonengasse at an average 67.1 km /h exactly one km /h slower than the old Alpina B3 Biturbo, on the small course there is virtually a tie with lap times of 1.16.2 and 1.16.1 minutes.

Comfort more important than sportiness

Since this is not the case in the test with the standard acceleration from a standing start - Here the new Alpina B3 Biturbo leaves the old one well behind with 4.7 seconds to 100 and 16.2 seconds to 200 km /h (B3: 4.9 and 17.6 seconds) - it is clear that in this case the chassis is the limiting factor. When it was set up, comfort obviously took precedence over the last bit of sportiness.

Those who use their car on a daily basis and only plan a trip to the racetrack every now and then will appreciate this. Thanks to the phenomenally appealing biturbo engine, which one could imagine in the next generation of BMW M3, it can travel fast, after all, even without a rock-hard substructure. Of course, the BMW Alpina B3 S Biturbo is not quite as economical as the Allgäu manufacturer promises. Consumption of less than ten liters of Super Plus could not be achieved in the test.

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