Alpina has built the M3 wagon BMW won’t
The most powerful 3 Series Touring you can buy right now is the 330d xDrive, which offers a respectable 195kW and 580Nm from its 3.0-litre turbodiesel inline-six. That’s all well and good but BMW wagon fans might be left wanting more. Enter Alpina and the B3 Touring.
The B3 is powered by the new S58 inline-six turbocharged petrol engine slotted into a regular 3 Series Touring. Those keeping track of BMW’s engine codes will realise that this is the donk that will power the upcoming M3 and M4, so Alpina seems to be beating them to the punch.
An eight-speed ZF automatic sends 334kW of power and 600Nm of twist to all four wheels, which should result in some quick 0-100km/h dashes. Alpina isn’t saying exactly how fast but does say it will crack the 300km/h barrier in Sport+ mode.
Fully adaptive dampers are part and parcel, as are larger stabiliser bars and Eibach springs. Hefty 395mm brakes up front and 345s on the rear are squeezed by four-piston calipers, with drilled discs and better pads optional extras.
A set of 19- or 20-inch alloys are available, in either Dynamic or Classic designs. There’s also a front splitter, new side skirts and a rear diffuser along with four exhaust pipes.
Keen? Got some bad news. At this stage, it’s a Europe-only affair. It’ll be available over there in Q1, 2020.