What's got four-doors but is faster than an AMG coupe around the track?
If you live in Europe and want a more exclusive take on a tuned BMW 3 Series than something with an M badge, the Alpina B3 is available as a sedan or station wagon. The twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six produces 455 horsepower. It also delivers its 516 lb-ft of torque between 3,000 and 4,250 rpm to propel the B3 sedan to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds. Or, enough to get the car rolling and outsprint the Mercedes-AMG GT on a lap of the Sachsenring race track near Chemnitz in Germany. The hot lap was taken with Guido Naumann at the wheel, and Auto Bild recorded the event for posterity.
According to FastestLaps, that puts the Alpine B3's scorchingly quick lap time of 1:36.67 minutes not just a split second faster than the Mercedes-AMG GT at 1.36.80, but also quicker than the AMG C63 S, Lamborghini Urus, and the SLR McLaren. A split-second faster is the Porsche 991 Targa 4S 1:36.66, while the fastest car overall is the McLaren Senna at 1:25.19.
The B3 is also no slouch on the industry benchmark track, the Nurburgring, where Sport Auto recorded a lap driven by Christian Gebhardt at 7:53.26. That put the B3 on par with the F10-generation BMW M5 and BMW M2 Competition with Gebhardt at the wheel.
The engine is not the big equation to a lap that quick, although BMW's twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six is a smooth and controllable lump of power. As well as the eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system, the B3 uses suspension tuned by Alpina and a rear limited-slip differential as well as some aerodynamic enhancements. It also looks sharp with Alpina's signature wheel styling and exclusive paint. There's no doubt the tight and twisty track suits smaller cars by not having enormous straightaways for the more powerful cars to stretch their legs on.