Chris Harris from DRIVE had the opportunity to test drive the recently introduced 2013 Alpina B3.

Chris Harris from DRIVE had the opportunity to test drive the recently introduced 2013 Alpina B3.

He describes the car as being a comfortable "sub-M3" that can be used on a daily basis but can turn into a very quick car if you push hard the acceleration pedal since the power is there at all times. It comes with a 3.0-liter straight-six twin-turbo gasoline engine which generates 410 HP (301 kW) and a peak torque of 598 Nm (442 lb-ft). Thanks to this powerful engine, the Alpina B3 will do 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.2 seconds before topping out at 191 mph (305 km/h).

Chris praises the car for its very good drifting capabilities thanks to its optional locking differential and he also likes the natural sound coming from the Akrapovic exhaust system. Aside from being fast and fun to drive, the Alpina B3 remains pretty economical as it will return 29.8 mpg US (35.8 mpg UK or 7.9 liters / 100 km) so it's an all-around package created for those who want more oomph than a regular 3-Series but consider the M3 a bit too much.

Be part of something big