• May 21st 2010 at 3:32PM
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Alpina B3S goes on sale in the UK – Click above for high-res image gallery

The twin-turbo, 400-horsepower Alpina B3S has been let loose on the UK market. With just about 400 pound-feet to get you off the line you'll get from 0-to-60 in 4.7 seconds. That might not sound too impressive for an Alpina, but you'll be able to hang with Porsche Carrera S's, and that's not bad for a 3 Series. Staying away from hard going will get you another impressive number, though: 24.2 combined miles per gallon (29.1 Imperial).

The Alpina B3S is offered in Saloon, Touring, Coupe and Convertible, with deliveries beginning in July. Follow the jump for the full press release and have a look at it in the gallery of high-res photos below.

[Source: Alpina]
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Following its recent world debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the new ALPINA B3 S Bi-Turbo is now available in the UK. Higher levels of output and efficiency make the model's unique edge in this rarefied market sector even sharper.

The new B3 S reflects the ALPINA ethos of ultra high performance combined with environmental consciousness. The 3 litre straight six now yields an extraordinary 400hp at 6000 rpm and massive torque – 540 Nm at 4500 rpm. In Coupe form this delivers 0-62 in 4.7 seconds and 186 mph, yet economy is improved (29.1 mpg combined) and CO2emissions lowered to 224 g/km.

The B3S is readily identified by a redesigned front spoiler and a new rear diffuser which encloses the tailpipes, reducing lift and ensuring optimum engine cooling. The ALPINA Classic alloy wheels get the new design treatment seen on the latest B7.

With switchable six-speed automatic transmission in Saloon, Touring, Coupe and Convertible forms, the B3 S stays faithful to another ALPINA manufacturing edict - that the sporting nature of its cars should not compromise luxury, comfort and everyday usability.

First deliveries of the B3 S Bi-Turbo start in July with availability through Sytner, UK concessionaires for ALPINA.

ALPINA GB, part of the Sytner Group, has been the sole UK importer for ALPINA since 1983.
ALPINA has worked closely with BMW since 1961, with shared warranty coverage since 1964.
ALPINA were registered as an automobile manufacturer to ISO standards in 1983.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      BMW = Bayerische Motor Werks. They make engines. Used to make jet engines for Adolf. So BMW makes a fast car. Amazing! How long does it stay on the road at that speed. Alpine = First hairpin and you're down. They are not known for comfort nor handling.
      • 5 Years Ago
      silly, just buy an M3

        • 5 Years Ago
        Isn't the M3 limited to 155mph?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ugly body kit and ugly rims.
      • 5 Years Ago
      what the hell is up with the emblems any more and it will just look like a Picasso
      • 5 Years Ago
      I, for one, love this and would take it over the seemingly torqueless M3. I just don't like the new 3 series' lower front end
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fake! Everyone knows Alpina only makes blue cars ;-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      WOW! Look at that "gallery!" 2 whole pictures!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not much i can say here, i gave it a couple minutes thought and all i can come up with to say is that it's plain old ugly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Then don't bother commenting.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Might i suggest the same to you?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Doesn't Alpina slap the same accoutrements--bodykit, wheels--on every single car they "build"? Besides the improved fuel economy, why wouldn't you just get an M3?
      • 5 Years Ago
      BMW needs to refresh their cars, looking a little stale.
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