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2018 Alpina B3 S cops huge price drop

By Chris Thompson | Photos: Alastair Brook, 05 Apr 2019 News

2018 Alpina B3 S price drop feature

The last of Alpina’s B3 S and B4 S have had price cuts of more than $25K

Pricing for the 2018 Alpina B3 Biturbo S has dropped significantly to round out the last few models available in dealers around Australia.

The current generation, based on the BMW F30 3 Series, is set to make way for the new G20-based B3 S, likely later this year.

To make sure there’s space for a new round of low-volume luxury cars, Alpina Australia has dropped the pricing for the B3 S from $142,900 before fees and on-road costs to $116,990 drive-away.

With options, a B3 S could cost almost $160,000, so a price drop this significant is indicative of how quickly the brand needs to shift its cars to make way for the new stock.

Closely related to the B3 S, the Alpina B4 S coupe is also copping a price cut, down to $123,990 drive-away. Previously, a B4 S would set buyers back at least $149,900 from the showroom before on-road costs.

Only a handfuls of Alpina B3 S and B4 S units are left up for grabs in Australia, as the traditionally boutique brand doesn’t tend to maintain a high stock count.

Those who manage to secure one of the remaining models will find themselves with access to near-BMW M3 levels of performance in a more demure package, with 324kW and 660Nm from a BMW twin-turbo 3.0-litre inline six.

As is normally the case, this is down on power but up on torque from the M3’s 331kW and 550Nm, in an effort to build a more useable car with plenty of torque on tap without being ‘peaky’.

Alpina’s reputation for creating plush BMW-based cars has built more slowly in Australia, where the brand is still known primarily within enthusiast circles, but rarely outside of them.