Powerful 488 HP Engine Reaching 190 mph
Sadly, we don’t have access to the Alpina B3 in the United States, which was the first car to get the M3’s “S58” engine before BMW released its own version. This more sophisticated alternative to the M3 also does away with the controversial kidney grille and has since seen a number of special editions.
To celebrate 50 years since BMW established its presence in South Africa, the carmaker has released a new model. The special sedan is painted in the iconic Alpina Green II color and boasts 20-inch multi-spoke wheels from Alpina. To add a touch of nostalgia, the car is equipped with “Alpina” lettering on the front spoiler and retro-style side decals that evoke the 1980s.
As you open the doors, Alpina branded sill plates invite you in as a plaque on the centre console reveals this car’s elite status. A total of just five have been produced and all showcase a stunning black leather interior with BMW Group South Africa 50 Years anniversary logos on each headrest. Meanwhile, stylish white and green stitching, combined with an exquisite leather-wrapped steering wheel showcasing Alpina’s logo all add to the exclusivity of the overall experience.
Exclusive to the South African market, the new special edition is based on the beefed-up B3 facelift launched in 2022. Powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine, it can pump out an impressive 488 horsepower as well as a massive 538 lb-ft of torque that’s sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed auto transmission. It’ll reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.6 seconds and its top speed is rated at 305 km/h (190 mph).
Alpina furnishes the B3 with a sporty suspension that is adjustable for varying degrees of damping. Buchloe techniques are also applied to improve both braking and steering, adding drilled discs and heat-resistant brake pads, and additionally featuring a quad-pipe exhaust configuration combined with four distinct driving modes: Comfort+, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+.
The BMW Alpina B3 50 Years of BMW South Africa Edition, as it is officially known, has already sold out – despite its hefty price tag of R 2 960 341.20, which is equivalent to roughly $162,400. That’s a huge sum, especially when you consider that the M3 CS is “only” listed for $118,700 in the US.