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Did you know that the first ever BMW production plant outside of Germany was established fifty years ago in the Republic of South Africa? The car company celebrates this anniversary by announcing an investment of around five billion crowns in a new factory near the city of Pretoria, where the new plug-in hybrid X3 will be produced.
Cooperation with the South African part of BMW is also celebrated by Alpina, which in 1985 produced a special version of the 333i with a six-cylinder M30 engine and a coupe body for the local market. The cars were built in Buchloe, Germany, their drive unit had 145 kW and 285 Nm – the interesting thing is that due to the limited space under the hood after the in-line six transplant, buyers had to choose whether they wanted air conditioning or power steering. Only 204 pieces were produced.
Alpina commemorates this collaboration and BMW’s presence in South Africa with the limited edition B3 50 Years of South Africa, which will be significantly rarer than the 333i. He will build only five pieces. The cars get 20-inch Alpina Classic wheels, typical decals and an inscription on the front spoiler. Inside, owners can look forward to 50th anniversary logos on the headrests and a 50 Years an Icon, BMW South Africa plaque on the center console. Lavalina leather upholstery gets Alpina white and green stitching.
Under the hood is a three-liter six-cylinder engine with two new single-chamber turbochargers with an output of 364 kW and 730 Nm. The top speed is 305 km/h and you reach 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds accompanied by the sound of a better exhaust system. The springs, stabilizers, steering calibration and brake system differ from the standard three.
The price is roughly 3.5 million crowns.