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Another BMW 3 Series sizzler

2007-04-30 08:52
Renowned BMW tuner Alpina has launched a hot version of the 3 Series, badged the B3 Bi-Turbo.  

Alpina modified BMW's 3-litre inline six-cylinder engine and added twin turbochargers.

The tuned engine offers 265 kW at 5 500 to 6 000 r/min, as well as maximum torque of 500 Nm from 3 800 to 5 000 r/min.

The B3 comes with a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.

According to Alpina the allure of the new B3 Bi-Turbo is found in its V8 like performance, but with the advantages of a much lighter and noticeably thriftier 3.0-litre straight-six, a six with an aluminium block and twin-turbo charging.

Alpina claims 0-100 km/h acceleration takes less than 4.9 seconds, and speed peaks at 285 km/h.

The car also has a 50/50 weight balance between front and rear axles in combination.

The tuner makes additional suspension modifications and fits 18-inch alloy wheels shod with Michelin tires; 19-inch combinations are optional.

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