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Alpina B3 revealed


Alpina has a history of making BMW models go faster, with perhaps a bit more focus on luxury and a bit less emphasis on motorsports than BMW’s M Division.

One of these models is the 3-Series-based B3, which has traditionally served up more performance and luxury than BMW offers from its mainstay model (M3 variants excluded).

In previous form, based on the E90 platform, the Alpina B3 delivered 290 kilowatts from BMW’s N55 twin-turbo in-line six engine. An even faster version, the Alpina B3 GT3, produced 300 kilowatts from the same engine.

At this week’s Geneva Motor Show, Alpina is poised to introduce an all-new B3 model, based on the F30 3-Series platform. The new car, seen in the teaser images above, will produce a claimed 301 kilowatts and 600 Newton metres of torque, which is good enough for a 0-100km/h time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 304km/h.

The 2013 Alpina B3 will also include an eight-speed Sport-Automatic transmission, an adaptive Alpina Sport Suspension and the iconic 20-inch Alpina Classic Wheels.

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