Alpina, the renowned German BMW tuning specialist, plans to debut a tuned version of the new BMW 3 Series Touring at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year. The model, which will include customized styling and greater power, features redesigned bumpers, a tuned engine and an array of chassis upgrades.
Alpina Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH & Co. KG, founded in 1965 by Burkard Bovensiepen, a member of the Bovensiepen family of entrepreneurs, is a tuning company based in Buchloe in Bavaria, Germany that develops high-performance versions of BMW cars. Alpina cars emphasize luxury, higher torque, and include Alpina-style shiftable ZF automatic transmissions rather than manual or semi-automatic transmissions.
The Alpina B3 Touring was recently seen completing its on-road handling assessment. The tuned model featured a slightly modified body kit, larger quad-exit exhausts and a restyled trunk lid with a lip spoiler. The B3 is also expected to display the tuning company’s distinctive oversized, multi-spoke alloy wheels.
Additionally, the Touring will include the same turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine as the standard BMW M340i as well as a series of performance upgrades. The powertrain delivers 369bhp and 500Nm of torque, therefore, the Alpina is expected to exceed 400bhp and 600Nm.
The previous Alpina B3 Biturbo included a pair of unique turbochargers, a less restricted exhaust system, and an ECU remap, so similar adjustments are anticipated for the new model. Like the B3 saloon, the new Alpina B3 Touring will showcase an array of chassis upgrades, which are projected to include a set of enhanced dampers, tauter springs, and larger brakes, which will improve driver comfort and stability.
Additional specifications for the Alpina B3 Touring are expected to be announced after the car debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show, aka the International Motor Show Germany, which will run from September 10 to September 22. Aside from the B3 Touring AWD, the XD3 and XD4 diesel SUVs, as well as, the B5 Bi-Turbo Touring, known as the world’s fastest production wagon and the B7 will be showcased in Frankfurt. Other highlights will include the highly-anticipated Land Rover Defender 4x4, the first all-electric Porsche - the Taycan - and the full production version of the VW ID3.