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

Article by Christian A., 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 410 bhp. It’s expected to have a peak power from 5,500 rpm to the car’s 7,000 rpm redline.

Meanwhile, torque of around 400 lb.-ft. will be available from 1,300 rpm. 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 5.0 seconds. It’s estimated to be about 20% more efficient than the outgoing car.

The 83rd edition of the Geneva Motor Show (Salon international de l'automobile) is scheduled from March 5 to 17, 2013. Held at the Palexpo, the Geneva Motor Show is organized by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles. The first Geneva Motor Show was held in 1905. It is considered as a level playing field for carmakers since Switzerland has no auto industry of its own.

In the 82nd iteration held from March 8 to 18, 2012, the Geneva Motor Show played host to production cars such as Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati Convertible, Artega GT Roadster, Aston Martin V12 Zagato, Audi A1 Quattro, Bentley Continental GT V8, BMW 6 Series (F06) Gran Coupé, Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, Ford F-Series Super Duty, Honda Civic D, Isuzu D-MAX, Jaguar XF Sportbrake, Lexus RX 450h, Maserati GranTurismo Sport, Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, Mini Countryman John Cooper Works, Mitsubishi Outlander, Peugeot 4008, Subaru Impreza, Toyota GT 86, Volkswagen Passat Alltrack and Volvo V40.

Concept cars shown at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show include the Lamborghini Aventador J concept, The Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept, Bentley EXP 9 F, Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Disco Volante, Citroen DS4 Racing, Honda NSX, Hyundai i-oniq, Infiniti Emerg-e, Mazda Takeri, Nissan Invitation, Pininfarina Cambiano, SEAT Toledo Concept, Tesla Model S and Toyota FT-Bh.

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