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Alpina confirms new B3 Touring for Australia

Third-generation B3 Touring to join Alpina’s Australian range in second half of 2020

16 Oct 2019

JUST one month after its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show, Alpina Automobiles Australia has locked in the third-generation B3 Touring sports wagon for a release in the second half of next year.


While pricing and specification will be confirmed closer to its local launch date, the 3 Series-based B3 Touring will head Down Under packing BMW M’s latest 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engine, the S58 destined for the next-generation M3 sports sedan.


Given that an M3 Touring is once again not expected, the B3 offers buyers the opportunity to get into a wagon that is more practical than the sedan thanks to its 500L of cargo capacity, which can expand to a cavernous 1510L with the rear bench stowed.


That said, the B3 line-up is expected to soon double with the addition of an M3-rivalling sedan body style, meaning Alpina enthusiasts will likely get the best of both worlds.


As reported, the Alpina-tweaked S58 produces 340kW of power from 5000-7000rpm and 700Nm of torque from 3000-4750rpm, which is down 35kW but up 100Nm on BMW M’s most potent version of the engine that currently does service in the M Competition variants of the X3 and X4 mid-size SUVs.


Alpina is yet to release performance figures for the new B3 Touring, but given the preceding 324kW/660Nm B3 S Touring torched the zero-to-100km/h sprint in a scant 4.3 seconds, it is likely to take closer to four seconds flat.


In the B3 Touring, an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission supplied by ZF but tuned by Alpina sends drive to all four wheels via a rear-biased version of BMW’s xDrive system. An electronically controlled limited-slip differential is also fitted to the rear axle.


Significantly, matte-black paddle-shifters CNC machined from solid aluminium are mounted on the steering wheel as standard for the first time, replacing the old button-style set-up.


The B3 Touring’s claimed fuel consumption on the WLTP combined-cycle test is 11.1 litres per 100 kilometres.


It also features specific steering and suspension, with the latter picking up an exclusive Comfort+ mode for its adaptive dampers.


Sitting behind 19-inch Dynamic or 20-inch Classic alloy wheels wrapped in specially developed Pirelli P Zero ‘ALP’ tyres, the B3 Touring’s braking package consists of 395mm front discs with four-piston callipers, and 345mm rear rotors with floating single-pot stoppers. The calliper bodies are painted blue and feature white ‘Alpina’ logos.


The B3 Touring features specific bumpers, quad exhaust tailpipes and a sloping rear spoiler to further visually separate it from the 3 Series, while its steering wheel is trimmed in hand-stitched Lavalina leather, which can be optioned to cover addition cabin surfaces.


It also gets a vehicle-specific production plaque and metal emblems integrated into the front seat backrests and floormats as well as unique colour and trim combinations.


“The new Alpina B3 Touring presents a unique option to the Australian marketplace,” said Alpina Automobiles Australia national sales manager Phil Jeffery.


“With all the practicality of a Touring wagon, the security of all-wheel drive, incredible performance and bespoke styling options, the B3 Touring ticks a lot of desirable boxes.”

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