[ad#Google Adsense]Alpina has been making exclusive vehicles built around high-end luxury and astounding performance since 1983. For the past 40 years they’ve been building their cars on the BMW platform, then tweaking to their own specs. Often times this tweaking involves adding a potent turbo and other performance minded parts, not to mention increasing luxury to a level rivaling any Rolls Royce. Well, they have done it again with the latest release of the B3 S Bi Turbo.
The B3 S BI Turbo has been built around the BMW 3 Series, marrying Bi-Turbo technology with the light weight and relatively small 3 Series chassis. Originally released in 2008, the newly released 2010 version sports more torque, more performance, and less of the stuff car makers have come to hate, CO2 emissions. It’s an update in outright performance and efficiency to achieve the green status so many elites crave in society today.
With the latest installment of the B3 S Bi-Turbo capable of pumping out 400 horsepower and 397 ft lbs of torque, it gives the driver reason to rev the engine to a smooth 7,000 RPM. It’s high revving capable, but not necessary, because at 1,300 RPM there is already almost 300 horsepower already on tap.
What’s most impressive with the 2010 B3 S is it’s ability to out perform previous versions, yet still maintain 29.4 miles per gallon efficiency. Furthermore the B3 Turbo has lowered their CO2 emissions, although it’d take a liberal scientist to figure out by how much. According to the latest EU test of the B3, it’s total CO2 emissions check in at 224-225 g/km (I haven’t the slightest idea what this means).
Lastly, the B3 S Bi Turbo comes in 4 distinct model variations, including Saloon, Touring, Coupe, and Convertible. The Saloon and Touring trims are option upgrade options that are applied to either a Coupe of Convertible model. All are luxury personified, with exterior featuring functional performance modifications. Even the front chin spoiler is functional, if one should choose to push all 400 horses through the switch-tronic rear-wheel or all-wheel drive transmission.
Inside the already luxurious BMW 3 Series has been upgraded, featuring custom seat and panel trim. Plenty of custom embroidery and emblems adorn the panels and seats, making it obvious at first glance that this is no ordinary BMW. The leather feels rich and the gas pedal feels powerful and it’s been specially built in small numbers for those who are both.