No, this is not the next BMW M3. But it's still something pretty special. What you're looking at here is the Alpina B3, a hotter version of the new F30 3 Series that will be done in a similar fashion to the B5, B6 and B7 models that we've long drooled over.

Signature Alpina changes like the revised lower front fascia, rear lip spoiler and modified exhaust are clearly evident on this prototype, as are newly designed wheels. No, they aren't the lovely 20-spoke Alpina wheels found on all the other models, but who knows, things could change before the car goes into production. What's more, who knows if the 3 Series body can even handle 21-inch rollers.

Details? None right now. We can probably assume that the Alpina B3 will use a boosted version of the turbocharged 3.0-liter six found in the 335i, but until the car officially debuts later this year (set to launch in early 2013), your guess is as good as ours.


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      BEEEAMMERRR_GUY
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not even Alpina can fix that god awful hood gap on the front end, WOW.
      AGSHOP
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't stand the HOOD CUT on top of the grill. Basically you can see where the hood is opened. That cut ruins the FLUSH of the car. The 8th gen accord coupe has his ugly problem. Honda fixed it with the 9th gen coupe. You can't see the hood opening. Hopefully in 6 years bmw fixes this hood cut.
        JonnyO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AGSHOP
        I didn't notice that until you mentioned it, and now I can't un-see it. Agreed.
      tegdesign
      • 2 Years Ago
      That front hood line on the new BMW's is just killing me! I'm a BMW owner and I could never look passed that straight line over the snout. YUCK!
        Turismo4GT
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tegdesign
        Yep, would look so much better if the hood was just a continuous piece of sheet metal all the way down to the grill and headlights.
        eljay001
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tegdesign
        I think that sloppy line on the hood is to take attention away from those terribly silly headlights.
        AGSHOP
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tegdesign
        EXACTLY! I JUST POSTED THIS! THE CURRENT ACCORD COUPE has this and it makes me sick! Thankfully the 9th gen fixed it! BMW will also fix it in 6 years.
      A P
      • 2 Years Ago
      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
        FIDTRO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A P
        You commented on the wrong post, the one for the 2013 Accord is farther down.
          A P
          • 2 Years Ago
          @FIDTRO
          I will get to that post in a minute. Whats worse? A 26K boring Honda or a 50K boring BMW?
      muspod
      • 2 Years Ago
      why are all these cars toting trailers?!
        Rr778
        • 2 Years Ago
        @muspod
        to test varying loads Also quite useful to carry testing and other equipment
      Turismo4GT
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's the first time since the F30 3-series debuted that I've actually thought that front end looks good.
      mikelee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honest to God(!) . . . WHO CARES? BMW's haven't changed in decades. Their design is getting SO TIRESOME!
      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it comes to the USA and in coupe form I may get this rather then the next M3 coupe. (maybe M4?) That audi RS5 is a contender too.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Taillights
        • 2 Years Ago
        For one thing, it will probably last longer than an M3. With the B7, Alpina replaced the plastic radiators and tranny to a more durable one, metal radiator and serviceable transmission, for example. Alpina doesn't buy into BMW's ludicrous "lifetime fluids", someone keeping their BMW's beyond warranty can appreciate that.
        KarlC
        • 2 Years Ago
        We all win as you have choice. I prefer my e46 b3s to the m3 as it's more unique, sounds better and very easy to live with. A bit cheaper to run too. The later e90 b3s has quicker in gear acceleration than the equivalent m3 too. If I wanted to race on the track m3 all the way. If I needed to cross a country or pop to the shops b3s every time
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      ALPIIIIIIIIIINAAAAAAAAAAA
      Leon
      • 2 Years Ago
      lol that gap on the hood is honestly unreal
      KarlC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Knowing Alpina you will be able to choose those wheels or the more typical 20 spoke jobs. From memory I think those are called Dynamics.
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