Your entire BMW Three Sequence vary will undergo a facelift in 2022. And that replace may also cowl an ALPINA product: The B3. At the moment, below the hood of the B3 lies BMW M’s S58 engine — a 3.zero liter twin-turbocharged I6. However that’s simply the premise of the B3’s engine.
ALPINA being ALPINA, the engine was torn aside and modified for B3-duty and within the present mannequin it makes 456 horsepower, which is definitely lower than the usual M3’s 473 horsepower. Nonetheless, the B3 makes extra torque — 516 lb-ft, versus the M3’s 406 lb-ft (or 479 lb-ft for Competitors fashions).
However that’s about to alter. In response to some unconfirmed stories, the ALPINA B3 might bump its whole output to 490 horsepower which places the B3 LCI in between the usual M3 and the Competitors mannequin. That is definitely an fascinating growth if the ultimate energy numbers stick. Traditionally, lots of the ALPINA merchandise tried to remain off the collision course with M merchandise, for apparent causes.
In order that begs the query: Has that technique modified in Buchloe and Garching, or might we see the usual M3/M4 bumping its energy as properly? Clearly, the S58 engine can accommodate extra energy with easy engine tweaks, so there’s room for extra ponies below the hood.
The present ALPINA B3 runs from zero to 100 km/h in 3.eight seconds within the Sedan and three.9 seconds within the Touring. In 13.four seconds you get to 200 km/h (Sedan), and 13.9 (Touring). So with the alleged further energy, we anticipate the B3 LCI to be even sooner.