PART FOUR of FOUR
The Alpina X3
My favorite Alpina upgrade of this four-pack? Easily this aggressive X3 makeover. Versus the stock X3, the Alpina is virtually unrecognizable.
Granted, comparing the Alpina X3 to the base model is not a fair comparo. This Alpina truck started as the X3 M Sport, which is already a little-known way to make the humdrum design really pop with some M style.
The fact that there is no X version of the X3 (yet) helps to make this Alpina SUV ultra unique and exclusive.
2015 BMW X3 xLine
2015 BMW X3 M Sport
The import and BMW distribution of the ALPINA B6 and B7 to the US is big news. They are all extremely rare and extremely cool, especially the new ALPINA B6 Gran Coupe.
These ALPINA specials are a fantastic M car alternative, with more engines, xDrive and even diesel engines able to Alpina-fied.
But the great thing about the ALPINA upgrade catalog is that all the parts that make these complete models are also available indivudally. There is a slight benefit to this for current BMW owners: you can target specific upgrades and install them over time. The wheels and aero kit first, perhaps. Then the ECU and exhaust, followed by springs and a custom cabin?
Sounds good to me!
Here is a mega gallery of the current ALPINA sedans and coupes that are not available as full cars in the US: the 3 series, 4 series and 5 series. These become the B3 for gas engines versus D3, etc for the diesels.
But we have grouped them by overall model size here.
Favorite details? The 20-spoke alloys are sublime at all times, as are the long-tail rear spoilers.
Also like that the ALPINA upgrade aesthetic is all body-colored. (A bit of external carbon-fiber fatigue here recently.)
What is on our wishlist for Alpina cars or perhaps the style reco for BMW owners?
Even less chrome. Dark kidney grilles and even gloss-black Alpina multi-spoke alloys!? Yum!
ALPINA X3 USA
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