2020 Alpina B3 Saloon
Where do you go when you want a car that looks like a BMW and still is a BMW deep inside, but sports subtle design tweaks, boosted powerplants, and new badges without looking over the top and rather elegant instead? Well, if you’re thinking Alpina, then you’re absolutely right. The firm calls itself a manufacturer because it does not offer aftermarket kits, tuning chips, of mods, but instead, it delivers BMW-based models that have been tweaked from the ground up. Alpina’s latest product, the B3 saloon, just took the stage in Tokyo, so why don’t we get to learn what’s it all about?
Both the Alpina B7 and the Mercedes Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series are high performance luxury vehicles that will run you well over $100,000; however they are both beasts of very different natures. The Alpina B7 is an over the top replacement for BMW’s lack of a factory tuned 7 Series, and thanks to the high end tuners at Alpina the supercharged luxury limousine has as much grunt under the hood as there are luxuries on the inside. Although the B7 will light up the rear tires on command, the Black Series Benz is the true sports car of the two. Whereas the Alpina seats up to five occupants comfortably, the F1 Safety Car inspired CLK only has room for two, and thanks to one of the German automaker’s high performance 6.2 Liter V8 and razor sharp handling makes the Mercedes the ride of choice for enthusiast drives, while the Alpina is more than suited to shuttle around royalty in a more than exclusive 7 Series BMW.