2002 Alpina B10 3.3


Tuning firm Alpina has always had a close relationship with BMW. Founded by Burkard Bovensiepen in Buchloe in 1965, the company is recognised as a manufacturer in Germany, with modern Alpinas bearing two chassis numbers – the original BMW VIN (struck out) and an Alpina VIN

Alpina started with modified cylinder heads and induction systems for the BMW 2002 and E21. They enjoyed great success in motorsport in the early days and gradually became associated with highly-developed, sporting but civilised versions of mainstream BMWs

This B10 is a great example of an Alpina version of the E39, one of the best-regarded BMWs of modern times. The E39 was facelifted in late 2000 and the 3.3-litre B10 is based on the facelift version. The B10 was one of the last Alpina models available in the UK with a manual gearbox

The hand-built, straight-six engine in the B10 is based on a 3.3-litre version of the tough, US-market iron-block six with unique Alpina cylinder head, camshafts and tuning. The engine produces 276 BHP at 6200 rpm and 257 ft-lbs of torque

On the road this is a quick car with an engine that seems to have no inertia at all. It’s happy at any revs in any gear but – in true straight-six fashion – it loves to rev. The drivetrain is superb, and the balance of the car infinitely predictable, but the suspension is a revelation. This is the best-damped car I’ve ever driven. It manages to combine superb ride quality with great body control and a surprising lack of roll. Unlike the BMW I drive every day, the front & rear suspension seem to be on the same page and the car rides flat without fore-aft pitching. The net result is a car that feels smaller and lighter than it is and which handles and rides better than the car it’s based on. It also goes a whole lot quicker. If I had to sum it up with a comparison, I’d say it was like a Porsche 944 with four seats, less weight, a better drivetrain and a far more charismatic engine

The car has just had an Inspection 2 service with a BMW specialist and a set of Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres fitted by my local tyre specialists. It’s in lovely condition with an unmarked interior and original paintwork which is remarkably free of stone chips. This is a proper, correct Alpina with great history and is ready to drive away with a long MOT and road tax into 2014

I’ll declare an interest here: if this had been an Alpina Touring it would not be for sale, it’d be in my garage.

  • 2002 Alpina B10 3.3
  • Alpina build number 198
  • 106,000 miles
  • 2 previous owners
  • full history
  • recent Inspection II service
  • Titanium Silver
  • Alpina 3.3-litre straight six
  • 5-speed manual gearbox
  • Alpina suspension
  • Alpina wheels, 8 x 18″ front, 9 x 18″ rear
  • new Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres, 235/40 front, 265/35 rear
  • full-size Alpina spare wheel
  • Alpina front spoiler
  • factory Xenon headlights
  • headlamp washer system / intensive cleaning
  • folding mirrors
  • cruise control
  • ESC stability control
  • PDC parking sensors
  • black leather interior
  • Alpina sports leather multifunction steering wheel
  • front sports seats with adjustable-length bolster
  • 3-stage heated front seats
  • front arm rest
  • air-conditioning
  • auto-dipping rear-view mirror
  • alarm system
  • onboard computer
  • BMW Business radio / cassette
  • 6-CD changer
  • HiFi speaker system
  • integrated phone kit with phone mount on left of transmission tunnel
  • high gloss shadowline trim
  • anthracite headlining


For more details please contact Nicholas Froome on 07976 299636 or email sales@youngtimercars.co.uk

Photo credit
Alpina B10 3.3 shot in Brighton, Summer 2013, © Nicholas Froome
Courtesy of Youngtimer Cars

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