BMW Alpina B10 3.3L (E39) Review


The B10 3.3 is the successor to the B10 3.2. It is practically the same car except for the new engine which is the same as in the B3 3.3 (E46)
The engine of B10 3.3 is based on BMW’s 2.8 unit. Alpina have increased the displacement to 3.2 litre, fitted lightweight Mahle pistons which raise the compression, modified the cylinderhead and combustion chambers and reprogrammed the Siemens management system.
The result is 260 bhp and 330 Nm of torque.
The B10 3.3 engine is the same as the B3 3.3 with 280 bhp
The B10 3.2 is only available with a manual 5-speed gearbox made by ZF.
The B10 3.3 is optionally available with Switch-tronic gearbox.
The B10 3.2 and 3.3 have the same suspension changes as the B10 V8.
The brakes are also the same with ventilated discs all around.
As the B10 V8, the 6-cylinder B10 versions ride on 18in Alpina alloys with 235/40 tires at the front and 265/35 at rear.
The interior and exterior changes are the same as the B10 V8.
The B10 3.2 is almost as fast as the BMW 540i. Alpina claims a 0-100 km/h time of 6.5 seconds and the top speed of 260 km/h. According to Auto Motor und Sport 0-160 km/h is passed after 15.2 sec and 0-200km/h in 25.9 seconds
The B10 3.3 accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 6.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 262 km/h
Total of 235 limousines and 70 of touring versions were built.

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