Joined: 30 Oct 2002 Posts: 6943 Location: Nottingham, UK
Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:25 pm Post subject: Live from Geneva 2013 - Info, Photos and Videos
Just wrapped up the press conference - and nipped into a press area to try to share some stuff hot off the press.
For those following me on twitter (@neilmw) you'll have seem some updates (but no photos as my phone not playing!)
Obviously the cats out of the bag on the surprise - a Xd3 Bi-Turbo based on the X3. This car has the same engine and transmission as the D5. The car looks suprisingly good - and thats from someone who is definitely not a X3 fan. I'll fill you in with some of the reasoning behind the car a bit later when I've had some more conversations.
I briefly spoke to Andy B this morning and he said the obvious and biggest challege was making the X3 feel like an ALPINA. He is confident they have.
The X3 is made in Spartenburg, USA, as a result it comes to Buchloe as a standard X3 and is converted to the ALPINA there - this is exactly the same that happened with the Roadster S.
As it comes from the USA the ability to do ALPINA things on the production line is limited. As a result it is not available in ALPINA Blue or ALPINA Green. By a quick check of the BMW website that means there are 10 BMW colours to choose from.
It also means that ALPINA wood is not available.
Interesting facts about the show car...
1. It is in Midnight Blue with full stripes. The car featured in the launch video and photos is a White car also striped.
2. The main interior is trimmed in black alcantara with white stiching this looks the part and definitely moves the interior up a notch or two.
3. The have worked with a supplier (TBD) on a new innovative interior detailing. The technique allows for very fine detailing to be put into the interior trim and lit by LEDs.
As you can see it can change colour (in this case ALPINA Blue -> ALPINA Green) and in my book looks fantastic !
Sadly this is only a prototype / concept phase - but definitely looks worth pursuing.
4. The show car is 002. 001 is not built yet - when it is it will be a RHD car !
5. The car features an akrapovic rear section - this basically has been designed to increase performance and improve / enhance the sound of the car.
6. The show car is sitting on 21 inch (optional wheels) There is no Dynamic option only 20 or 21 inch new Classic wheels.
7. An unofficial acceleration test showed the car could accelerate 0-50kph in just 1.1 seconds ! Thanks to great traction and obviously the torque.
BMW ALPINA B3 Bi-turbo
The show car is in ALPINA Blue with silver stripes. The car is running 20 inch new classics and looks well on it.
ALPINA were pleasantly surprised with the car's economy and emissions which is down to a number of factors including the donor engine's valvetronic and stop/start. As with all ALPINAs the amount of R&D gone into the car is huge.
Sacrilege I like them all, the X3 especially the B3.
Favourite colour is Alpina green but don't think any one is brave enough to buy this colour.
Thanks Neil and Andy excellent write up presentation. _________________ 520D Estate black Current Car
M135i Mineral grey Oyster auto Sold 2015
B3 Bi Turbo 102 Space Grey Sold Jun 2012
B3 Bi Turbo 109 Alpina Blue. Sold Jul 2009
RoadsterS sold April 2008
B2.5 sold 1996 K reg 4 dr. Sterling silver
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Joined: 23 Feb 2010 Posts: 899 Location: Leamington Spa
Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:15 pm Post subject:
Great report guys, but I sit here and a shiver has gone down my back.
Some may know I hate diesel and as for SUV's need I say anything. For me Alpina combining the two in my eyes are changing their direction completely, IMHO. _________________ Now
E39 B10 3.2 # 64 Alpina Blue Metallic since 03.10
E46 330Ci Cab
MX5 Mk2,E46 325ti,Mini Cooper S, Z3M Roadster, MX5 Mk1, E38 728, E36 325, Westfield SEi fitted with 240 BHP XE Redtop, Westfield WSEi fitted with Honda SuperBlackbird, Smart 4/2, Omega MV6, LS400, Senator 24v, Volvo 360 GLT, Fiesta Supersport, Porsche 2.7s (1976)First car
+ 23 Motorbikes in my younger days
Really looking forward to being there at the Salon next weekend
Have to admit that although I'm not a fan of SUVs, that XD3 looks good; the B3 is just superb
Tim _________________ M2 in Long Beach Blue - it's great but when are Alpina going to produce a B2 version?!
M4 in Tanzanite Blue with full Silverstone interior and black 19ers - did put a huge grin on my face with every drive but now also exchanged...
D5BT #137 Imperial Blue with Turbine Classics - put a smile on my face with every drive, but now exchanged!
Triumph Speed Triple R Crystal White 2014MY
D3BT #225 Montego Blue; Classics (exchanged for Imperial Blue D5BT)
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