Innovative, turbo-charged automobiles have always played a central role in ALPINA’s more than 45-year history as a manufacturer – the 1989 BMW ALPINA B10 Bi-Turbo is an excellent example, having achieved true cult status. In 2008 the BMW ALPINA B3 Bi-Turbo rekindled this tradition, combining Bi-Turbo charging with the compact dimensions of the BMW 3 Series.

In 2010, the new BMW ALPINA B3 S Bi-Turbo combines improved performance and torque with reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions – it is the logical result of continuous engineering development at the highest level. Building upon the highly-praised traits of its predecessor, it presents itself as one of the most harmonious and multi-faceted sports cars in its segment.


Whether Saloon, Coupé, Touring or Convertible, whether rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive – the B3 S Bi-Turbo marries explosive performance with a high level of comfort and everyday usability, addressing the needs of an unusually broad target group of automotive enthusiasts:

Information on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions according to 1999/94/EG:

Fuel consumption, combined:9.7 l/100km9.7 l/100km9.7 l/100km9.7 l/100km
CO2 emissions:224 g/km225 g/km224 g/km225 g/km

Chassis & Suspension

Typically ALPINA, the chassis and suspension offer a unique blend of sport and comfort.

The light, agile and direct handling of the B3 S Bi-Turbo is immediately noticeable. An ideal 50:50 front/rear axle weight distribution in combination with carefully chosen suspension components make for a great overall chassis set-up, which is equally engaging and comfortable. Stiffer rear axle suspension mounts, for example, increase steering precision and feedback, especially noticeable during fast lane changes.

Low profile conventional tyres which forego Run Flat technology in favour of comfort in combination with light weight alloy 18″ or 19″ ALPINA wheels ensure that unsprung mass is kept to a minimum.


Fine, elegant lines and a tasteful presence. The dynamic appearance of the B3 S Bi-Turbo is in part defined by the modern and functional front spoiler. Engineered using the newest developments in aerodynamic design, the spoiler reduces lift at the front and enables optimal air flow to the high performance cooling system. The coupé and convertible carry a new rear valance which communicates a tasteful sporting charm through its integrated rear diffusor and two distinctive double-ended exhaust pipes, a little like the stern of powerful luxury yachts.

A fresh, evolutionary design with a clear heritage. The new ALPINA CLASSIC 19“ light-alloy wheels underline the finely-proportioned forms of the new B3 S Bi-Turbo models. Reminiscent of a turbine and with a three-dimensional sweep, each of the 20 spokes leads from the hub right to the edge of the rim, making for a very fluid and dynamic appearance even when motionless. Unique: the new design retains the hidden air valve mounted in the wheel centre, which is covered by a lockable hub cover, leaving the wheels flawless in their form and beauty.

The comprehensive level of standard equipment convinces: leather sport seats offer excellent lateral support and comfort on long journeys, the ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC leather sports steering is luxurious to the touch, the blue ALPINA instrument display provides additional information such as engine oil temperature and a digital speed indicator.

Length (mm)4545
Width (mm)1817
Height, unladen (mm)1422
Wheelbase (mm)2760
Track front (mm)1503
Track rear (mm)1512
Luggage capacity DIN (l)450
Fuel tank capacity (l)approx. 63
Weight, unladen (kg)1570
Permissible gross weight (kg)2090
Permitted payload (kg)520
Max axle load, front (kg)1005
Max axle load, rear (kg)1120
Max trailer load limit, braked (kg)1700
Max trailer load limit, unbraked (kg)750
Cylinders6 in-line
Displacement (cc)2979
Bore (mm)84.0
Stroke (mm)89.6
Compression ratio (:1)9.4
Max output (kW/hp)294 / 400
at rpm (1/min)6000
Max torque (Nm/rpm)540 / 4500
Engine managementSiemens MSD81
Fuel typeSuper plus
Emissions classificationEuro 5
Gearbox6-speed Sport-Automatic ZF 6HP19 TÜ SWITCH-TRONIC
Final drive ratio3.46
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)4.7
Top speed (km/h)300
Fuel consumption *
Urban (l/100 km)tba.
Extra urban (l/100 km)tba.
Combined (l/100 km)9.7
CO² emissions (g/km)224
Wheels and tyres
Standard wheels and tyresALPINA CLASSIC 18″ / MICHELIN Pilot Sport 2
front8 x 18 245/40 ZR18
rear9 x 18 265/40 ZR18