BMW Alpina B3 3.0 (E36) Convertible (Dutch review)


If you don’t understand Dutch, just enjoy the view of perfect maintained rare Alpina B3 3.0 E36 Cabrio.
The B3 3.0 is the succesor to B6 2.8/2. The reason why Alpina replaced so quickly was E36 M3 3.0, which went on sale by BMW in 1993, was both more powerful and over 7000DM cheaper than the B6 2.0/2. So Alpina introduced the B3 3.0, which was almost 10000DM cheaper than M3.
When BMW introduced the M3 3.2 (called M3 Evo in the UK) in late 1995, Alpina had to respond beacaause the M3 3.2 had 321 bhp against B3 3.0’s 250 bhp. So in April 1996 the B3 3.2 based on the 328i, was introduced.

Engine/ Gearbox
The B3 3.0 engine is absed on BMW’s 2.5 liter six-cylinder which produces 192 bhp and 240Nm. The biggest difference between the B3 3.0 engine and the B6 2.8/2’s engine is the displacement, which Alpina inccreased ftom 2.8 litre to 3.0 litre. That allows the B3 3.0 to produce 250 bhp instead of 240 bhp; torque increased to 320Nm, as much as the M3 3.0. The most interesting option for the B3 3.0 is the optional Switch-Tronic gearbox; it is a 5-speed automatic gearbox which allows manual gear changes with buttons on the steering-wheel.
The B3 3.2 engine is based on BMW’s 2.8 litre six cylinder which produse 193 bhp and 280Nm. Alpina has increased the displacement to 3.2 litre, fitted Mahle lightweight pistons, modified the combustion chambers, reprogrammed the engine manageement-sytem, made y Siemens, and fitted a new exhaust system. Those are the most important chanhes that allows the Alpina 3.2 litre engine to produce 265 bhp and torque is up to 33Nm. The gearbox is made by Getrag and hass 6-speed and the Switch-tronic gearbox is available as an option

Suspension/ Brakes/ Wheels
The B6 2.8/2 already had a really good chassis so Alpina has just done some fine-adjustments on the B3 3.0 to make the car ride better. The breaks are unchanged with ventilated discs at front and solid at rear and wheels are the same.
The B3 3.2 received a new front stabilizer and new rear springs and stabilizer. The breaksare uprated with bigger discs, ventilated at front, with floating calipers.

Interior/ Exterior
The changes inside the B3 3.0 are the same as in the B6, exept a new steering-wheel. The exterior is unchanged. The interior changes include a hand-sewn leather-rimmed steering-wheel, a shift-knob made of wood, luxury wood on the gearshift console, Alpina upholestry, sport seats and new instruments, blue with red needles.
For the B3 3.2, Alpina introduced a new front spoiler.

A manual B3 3.0 could acceelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 6.4sec and could reach a top speed of 264km/h. The switch-Tronic version was a little slower but still fast. According to Auto Motor und Sport in could accelerate to 100km/h in 7.1 sec. 0-1690km/h in just 15.9sec and 0-200km/h in 26sec. The top speed was 258km/h
Even though the B3 3.2 is not as powerful as the M3 3.2, it is nearly as fast. Alpina claims a 0-100km/h in just 5.9sec. and top speed of over 260km/h. BMW claims 5.5sec for the M3 3.2 to 100km/h and the top speed is limited to 250km/h. In auto Motor und Sport’s test the B3 3.2 accelerated from 0-100km/h in just 5.9sec, 6.5sec for the Stitch-Tronic, 0-160km/h in 13.9sec and 0-200 in 23.2sec

Between April 1993 and December a total of 741 B3 3.0 were built. In April 1996 the B3 3.2 was introduced. The production ended in 1999 and total of 342 B3 3.2 were built.

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