(E46) BMW M3, Alpina B3 3.3 and the Hartge 5.5 on track!
Did You know that?: At Geneva motorshow in 1999, Alpina introduced their
variant of the E46- the B3 3.3. The B3 is a real bargain, 'only' 88500DM
for the saloon and 90600DM for the coupe wich was introduced at the IAA
1999 in Frankfurt. The touring was introduced at Geneva motorshow in 2000
and the convertible followed at the Autoshow in Birmingham in 2000. At
Geneva Motorshow in 2001, Alpina introduces the B3 3.3 Allrad. This model
continued in production after the B3 3.3 was replaced by the B3S.
The B3 3.3 and B3S engine is based on the S52B32 engine from the US- spec
E36 M3 3.2 with 240hp which has a regular M50 intake and hydraulic valve
lifters. The cylinder head and the single- Vanos system have more in common
with the regular M50 engine than any M-engine. Alpina have increased the
bore to 86.4mm as well as a longer stroke (94mm). The cylinder is tuned in
traditional fashion as well a new Exhaust manifold. Extremely light pistons as
well as newly developed crankshaft have been used in conjunction with a new
torsion- vibration damper, sustaining permanent revs of up to 7200rpm with
ease. The engine produces 280bhp at 6100rpm and torque of 335Nm. The B3 is
also very frugal, only 9.9litre/ 100km in mixed driving conditions. The
standard gearbox is Getrag six-speed unit but the five- speed SwitchTronic
is available as an option.
Suspension/ brakes/ wheels
the suspension has been uprated with stiffer springs and modified dampers.
Tires are Michelin Pilot Sport, 225/40 ZR18 at the front and 255/35 ZR18 at
the rear. The B3 3.3 uses 330i brake set-up, with upgraded brake pads.
Inside the B3 3.3 is equipped with sport seats in Alpina design leather,
new instruments with blue background and red needles, luxury wood 'Myrtle',
a hand- stitched leather steering- wheel, Alpina floor mats, Alpina door
sills and silver-plated production plaque. The exterior changes are very
subtle, front and rear spoiler lips are fitted.
Alpina claims a0-100 time of 5.7seconds for the manual and 6.8 for the
SwithTronic version. The top speed is more than 265km/h. But Auto Motor und
Sport's test shows that the B3 is even faster. 0-100km/h in only 5.5seconds,
0-160km/h in 13.2 and 0-200 in 21.4sec. The coupe is just as fast but has a
higher top speed. The touring accelerates from 0-100km/h in 6.1 and top
speed of 161km/h
1982 Alpina B7S Turbo Coupe Restoration Complete pt1
The cosmetic restoration is complete on my 1982 Alpina B7S turbo Coupe. #14 of 30 produced in 1982, this is
one of the most collectible post war BMW's. For the full details visit my
webpage at www.vintageandsportscar.com Contact Lawrence Romanosky @
Lromanosky@me.com or phone at 403-607-8625. The car is in Calgary Canada.