2013 Alpina B3 Bi-Turbo leaked ahead of Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 22, 2013

The new BMW Alpina B3 Bi-Turbo is set to make its world premiere next month at the Geneva Motor Show. The newest F30 generation of the BMW 3-series is the basis of this B3 Bi-Turbo. Through an Autocar report, we learned that this car will be available first as a salon. A Touring model will be arriving later. BMW is preparing to launch the coupé and convertible variants in the next several years.

In the official image, the Alpina B3 Bi-Turbo appears to have a front lip spoiler with the logo of Alpina on the front. BMW kept the blue and white roundel. In 2012, Autocar stumbled into the car’s images while it was being tested.

It revealed that the car came with bespoke alloy wheel designs, a small boot spoiler and a quad exhaust system. Powering the B3 is a reworked version of BMW's 3.0-litre straight six. It’s believed that power will be marginally raised over the existing model to around 410bhp. It’s expected to have a peak power from 5500rpm to the car’s 7000rpm redline.

Meanwhile, torque of around 400lb ft will be available from 1300rpm. It will be equipped with an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. Power will be distributed to the rear wheels but four-wheel drive is available as an option. The performance of the BMW 335i will be improved, enabling it to accelerate to 62mph in slightly more than 5.0sec. It’s estimated to be about 20% more efficient than the outgoing car.

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