it's human nature to want what we can't have. well, some of us americans really want the freshly updated 2023 bmw alpina b3 sedan (a.k.a. saloon) or wagon (a.k.a. touring), but, unfortunately, we can't have either one. instead, alpina's specially tuned version of the 3-series sedan and wagon are reserved for our enthusiast counterparts who live overseas.
like the regular '23 bmw 3-series models that do grace our shores, the alpina variants also receive restyled exterior elements and a revised dashboard. the new crossover cues include a more angular front bumper and slimmer headlights. likewise, the driver and front-seat passenger now face a curved display that spans most of the dash and incorporates a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 14.9-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. but what exclusive updates do the b3 saloon and touring get for 2023? we're here to tell you.
along with the visual changes and new tech, the most notable upgrade to the '23 alpina b3s is under the hood. bmw's tuning house went to work on the cars' twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six, helping it breathe better by adding a new exhaust system as well as installing new engine software. the result is increased horsepower and torque, with the former rising from 462 to 495 hp and the latter rising from 516 to 538 pound-feet.
both alpina models can most easily be identified by their available multispoke 20-inch wheels (a set of 19-inchers is standard). a closer inspection will also reveal "alpina" lettering on the bottom edge of the front bumper and specific badging on the sedan's trunk lid and the wagon's rear hatch. inside, both body styles have unique details such as a plaque on the center console complete with an individual build number. the list of options for the alpinas' interior materials also has much greater variety than a mainstream bmw.
the '23 bmw alpina b3 saloon and touring can currently be configured on the company's website (we recommend viewing the australian or u.k. version). in the u.k., both b3s have a starting price that's equal to roughly $98,000. we'd gladly pony up the money for the wagon shown here in a wonderful shade of alpina green paint—if only we had the chance.