Alpina B3 v BMW M3 v M340i v M340d: Touring DRAG RACE

Visiting fans let's gooooo!

We've got our hands on the latest & greatest cars and trucks, and they're about to go head-to-head over the quarter mile! The question is, will it be a walkover for the new M3 ?

Well, let's start by looking at the stats. Starting with Mat in the B3 , it's powered by the S58 3-litre twin-turbo straight-six engine from the brand-new M3 . However, the power output has been modified, so it provides 495hp and 730Nm of torque. Power is sent out to all 4 wheels via an 8-speed vehicle transmission, and it suggestions the scales at 1,955 kg. If you're seeking to pick one up, the price starts at ₤ 80,700.

Together with it, we have the M3 Touring. It features the same 3-litre twin-turbo straight-six, but the power output boosts to 510hp and 650Nm. It includes an 8-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive, and it weighs in at 1,865 kg. The beginning rate for among these is ₤ 87,000.

Then we have the lesser-powered tourings. First up is the M340i, which is equipped with a 3-litre straight-six turbo that puts down 374hp and 500Nm. It's the lightest cars and truck here, at 1,795 kg, and the price can be found in at around ₤ 62,000.

Then lastly we have the . It includes the same size engine as the M340i, with the power output set at 340hp and 700Nm. Power is sent to all 4 wheels through an 8-speed car transmission, and it pointers the scales at 1,870 kg. The cost is quite similar to the M340i, being available in at around ₤ 61,000.

So will it be a clean sweep for the M3 Touring? There's only one method to learn … LET'S RACE!

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79 responses to “Alpina B3 v BMW M3 v M340i v M340d: Touring DRAG RACE”

  1. @CJ-gk5bl Avatar

    Perfect lineup doesn’t exist

    1. @lxslasheyxl Avatar

      The lineup:

    2. @leodjondo3489 Avatar

      Yanni 🥲

    3. @adkg4409 Avatar

      Jesko Absolut v Chiron 300+ v Agera One:1 v Nevera

    4. @Joseph_Hukporty Avatar

      Imagine Yianni being a part

    5. @Jeff-fx7bh Avatar

      Eh, no RS

  2. @coreyk288 Avatar

    When I see the M3 Touring I say thats a cool car, when I see the Alpine B3 I think thats a beautiful BMW.

    1. @upgradeNEVER Avatar

      The wheels on Alpina’s are beautiful!
      Probably one of my favourite wheels for a BMW

    2. @raymondjunger4742 Avatar

      Iconic wheels

    3. @skankhunt420 Avatar

      Most beautiful thing about Alpina is, that it’s way more, than a few parts and optic changes

    4. @dwilliams6346 Avatar

      I think they’ve always managed to make a bog BMW into something very attractive. Even from the 80’s their wheels and body kits and internal styling just made a BMW so appealing; but when they started stripping and rebuilding the car from scratch and fine-tuning them, what came out was an engineering masterpiece everytime. Unfortunately they failed to identify a lot of BMW’s design faults. From 2023/24 Alpina will be the only place people will be able to buy a Diesel BiTurbo BMW. The amazing thing is, Alpina announced last year it is bring back partd production for all of its classic models ranging back to the 80’s. So as you can imagine upon hearing that news, the value of classic Alpinas went up a bit lol.

    5. @purwantiallan5089 Avatar

      ​@@upgradeNEVERthe wheels on Alpina B3 kinda reminded me a lot to 2009 SLR McLaren Stirling Moss.

  3. @MichaelMainda Avatar

    Mat Watson offers the best aspects in every car he shows us 🙏

    1. @purwantiallan5089 Avatar

      Seems like he always has best aspect in every single best car.

  4. @brandonhasler813 Avatar

    Love it! The race we didn’t realise we needed to watch, but did!

    1. @purwantiallan5089 Avatar

      Shelby Cobra 427 S/C entered the chat…

  5. @randomrahul5221 Avatar

    The 340d looks the cleanest and is also the least expensive, practical and, above all, the most economical too!

    1. @sonisula33 Avatar

      And it should have been upgraded to Stage 1 for better perfomance , at least for M340i!

    2. @shiTthebed86 Avatar

      Yeah and it’s the slowest.

    3. @randomrahul5221 Avatar

      @@shiTthebed86 i never said that. That’s pretty obvious that of all the 4 cars, the 340d was gonna come last all the time.

    4. @oskarskalski2982 Avatar

      And The engine noise for a diesel is quite nice.

    5. @leet7031 Avatar

      Considering its not far behind and it costs that little to run I’d opt for the 340d , you can take the family on holiday without using multiple tanks of fuel and with 700nm it still has a good shove on the bum dyno , the reason why I purchased a 435d gran coupe over a 440i

  6. @bgamer7963 Avatar

    The alpina with m3 headlights would look amazing

  7. @ashwin_26 Avatar

    The M340i is the most impressive out of the 4. Just a little over a second slower than the M3. Bang for the buck, I’d say!

    1. @Ryyyzzor Avatar

      Just over a second slower to 60.. when one takes 3.5s that’s a fair amount. Who races from 0-60?

    2. @davothegreat9990 Avatar

      ​@@Ryyyzzorm3 is night and day quicker!

    3. @purwantiallan5089 Avatar

      ​@@RyyyzzorM340i in terms of 0 to 60 time is also surprisingly slower than even the 1982 Corvette C3 Stingray Coupe.

    4. @hassyg4083 Avatar

      @@purwantiallan5089 feel sorry for people that pay so much for these cars. Germans finessing people

    5. @lukeskywalker1666 Avatar

      @@hassyg4083just cos u can’t afford one u don’t need to feel sorry for people who can

  8. @brayobemmer5164 Avatar

    First time i have seen Sam win. That M3 launch is terrific 🔥🔥🔥

    1. @purwantiallan5089 Avatar

      M3’s launch is like Renault 5 Maxi Turbo Rally Car. Quick off the line.

  9. @bamboosho0t Avatar

    Mat is the kind of guy who keeps changing the rules on the basketball court when he loses, until he secures a win he takes his ball and goes home. And brags he won. 😆

    1. @constructionbootgazer Avatar

      Yup. Petty child

  10. @NotMyAccount Avatar

    Personally, I prefer the pre-LCI look of the M340d over all the others. KITT Tuning is offering a M8 style bumper for the pre-LCI G20 and it looks sick.

    1. @oRicardoHetfield Avatar

      I prefer everything on the pre-LCI, no shitty tablets slapped to the dashboard = clean dashboard, idrive, head lights…

    2. @99Lezard99 Avatar

      alpina looks better, has actual sound and power.

    3. @rohanw1989 Avatar

      The pre-LCI 340i looks so much better than the LCI. I don’t like the headlights or front and rear bumpers on the LCI.

    4. @AgentExhale Avatar

      Damn I didn’t even know they made an M8 bumper for G20. Personally I don’t like the notch in the headlight of the PRE LCI so I prefer LCI but I dont like how they removed the side vents on the LCI which made it look a lot less aggressive. Hopefully someone out there makes a nice bumper for the LCI and brings back the vents

    5. @purwantiallan5089 Avatar

      ​@@99Lezard99i also miss the BMW ALPINA LMGT3 Car… Its as amazing in terms of looks like the Alpina B3.

  11. @Foiiiii1 Avatar

    I really think the B58 sounds better than the S58.

    1. @LiveLifeLasting Avatar

      It certainly does

    2. @cjpp78ytube Avatar

      Definitely. N55 sounded better than S55 too. BMW’S twin turbo sixes don’t sound that great. N55 and B58 sound nice though

    3. @seansiew5629 Avatar

      Well for one Active Autowerke does offer a mid pipe/uel option to make these sound more natural and single turbo like

    4. @homayoonish Avatar

      До 2019 года звук был лучше у b58!

    5. @wethomas3 Avatar

      As an owner of an s58 and b58, you’re right. Twin turbos kill the sound as does the unequal length exhaust. But the s58 is a flash tune and e50 away from 800 horsepower. A b58 will need way more mods including an aftermarket turbo.

  12. @nomsi4263 Avatar

    Alpina B3 is just beautiful. I feel the M3 Touring is a great car, but its one of those cars that look better when you add and tune things. Especially when you put the aftermarket front bumper. That makes it look night and day better.

    1. @purwantiallan5089 Avatar

      M3 Touring just need one more thing: Stage 3 Weight Reduction and install the Carbon Bonnet.

    2. @lukeskywalker1666 Avatar

      M3 looks 100x times proper m car

    3. @jacobvanderhooft2188 Avatar

      Ya the B3 to me looks so much better than the ugly M3 face

  13. @cflwhat Avatar

    Id like to see this race again but with a tune on both the m340’s… That would be interesting

    1. @purwantiallan5089 Avatar

      Alpina B3 should add the engine swap from Saleen S7.R LMGT2.

    2. @abdelhamidbc Avatar

      Want to see that definitely but there’s also a cheap tune for s58
      So would like to see tuned 340s against regular s58 and then a race all of them tuned

    3. @forsh3546 Avatar

      Gearbox tune on the M340i would be interesting

    4. @RepentandbelieveinJesusChrist0 Avatar

      Repent to Jesus Christ ”God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.“
      ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭46‬:‭1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    5. @frs2080 Avatar

      @@RepentandbelieveinJesusChrist0: you mixed Soco Bob and Carwow Mat movies probably 😂

  14. @dipeshpatel8974 Avatar

    This is testimony to how good the B58 engine is. Yes, it may not beat the full M car, but it will probably smoke any other car with a similar power output such as the C43 and S4

    1. @biddyboy1570 Avatar

      I think it the best bang for buck.

    2. @ChR0nos_7734 Avatar

      I remember carwow drag race from years ago when M340i almost beat B9 RS4

    3. @buraksarikaya9798 Avatar

      @@ChR0nos_7734feels like the m division made this car instead of bmw. Underspecced and overperforms like the m cars.

    4. @ferdinandalester Avatar

      I mean the new C43 is a 2.0L inline 4 with some electric nonsense going on. Just a turd of a car. It’s still somewhat quick but it ain’t touching an M340i

  15. @Vuxchen Avatar

    I’ve never commented but this was one of the best drag races ever. You did so much bs and had so much fun. I love all of you search for the bloody MPG figures and when you started swapping cars to trash on the others seating positions i complete lost it.

    Such a great fun drag race i hope we get more of this 😀

    1. @richardlabeja Avatar

      Yes it was a fun episode. I hope the Fox is doing well :)🦊

    2. @shubhamgangwe Avatar

      Yeah it was fun

    3. @randomzbrothers2577 Avatar

      yeah hope to see this fun episode more, especially with 4 guys

    4. @purwantiallan5089 Avatar

      ​@@richardlabejavery fun episode surprisingly too.

    5. @hassyg4083 Avatar

      boring drag as usual

  16. @StefanStefantt Avatar

    Taking into account the fact that the alpina has more torque than the M3, it would have been interesting to see a race from 40mph in 6th gear or something like that. Wonder if the Alpina would have won that. Would you do such races in the future Mat😅? in situations like this

    1. @purwantiallan5089 Avatar

      The M3 Touring always launched directly to 6th gear.

    2. @StefanStefantt Avatar

      I was referring to a race where the cars would be locked in 6th gear in manual mode​@@purwantiallan5089

  17. @Shaggy12321 Avatar

    I’d take the M340i any day, the comfiest, smoothest, and quietest in the cabin (along with the M340D) more than quick enough, and with the B58 there’s enough headroom to run 500WHP from a good Stage 1

    1. @biddyboy1570 Avatar

      You can also run it in Eco mode. Don’t think the M3 does that. It’ll coast with the engine off and you can hit mid 40’s MPG easily on a run.

    2. @sexyhunk84 Avatar

      B58 are the best engine. Enough power to drive in city and motorways/freeways. M3 is quickest but not a day to day practical car.

    3. @Shaggy12321 Avatar

      @@sexyhunk84 Yep, also I forgot to add the power band of the B58 is far superior to the S58, with peak torque coming in at about 1600rpm up to 5000rpm, whereas the S58 has to be around 2800rpm for max power to kick in, meaning in the real world when you’re cruising in 5th/6th gear and you go to 75% throttle for an overtake, it’s instant power, whereas the S58 in the same situation would have to kick down to 3rd/4th gear, causing a delay, and using more fuel.

    4. @sexyhunk84 Avatar

      @@Shaggy12321 That’s impressive. I feel that when I cruise my X3 M 40i. It has the same B58 engine as you get in 340i. I love driving my BMW. Simply anyday better than their counterpart in Merc and Audi.

    5. @bravosava Avatar

      ​@@biddyboy1570M3 has eco modus, watched a m3 review 👍🏻

  18. @USSCoop Avatar

    Surprisingly The diesel 3 is the best looking non m3 out there because it’s got the pre facelift font end

  19. @cafe405 Avatar

    The fastest car was fastest and the slowest was slowest. These drag races never cease to surprise me.

  20. @maximilianlindner Avatar

    The B57 engine in the M340d has a dual turbo setup with two different sized vnt turbos. It’s a patent by Borg Warner and called R2S (registered two stage) system.

    1. @lm3e46 Avatar

      Thank you 🙏 finally someone knows about BMW

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