Published on 08 Sep 2013 by Dan Read
Ask your self if you’d be interested in a BMW that goes from 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds but also returns 53.3mpg. We were definately interested when these images can through with the news that Alpina has done what they do best and modified a BMW 3-Series for added performance and subtly meaner looks. They’ve used a 3.0 litre bi-turbo engine to achieve the performance and economy which gives an impressive 345bhp and 516lb ft or torque.
The engine is the same straight-six diesel used in the XD3 and D5 models and this is the first time that Alpina has put a six-cylinder diesel engine into the D3. The previous D3 was the firm’s best selling car of all time and came with a four-cylinder motor so this is a departure for Alpina. This engine is compliant with EU6 and is good for 139g/km of CO2 and the 53.3mpg economy we mentioned earlier. It’s also good for a top speed of 173mph, which is 21mph more than the outgoing model.
Both saloon and touring versions will be produced, each offered as rear-wheel drive only in Britain and other right-hand drive countries, while left-hand drive models will be offered with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. A limited-slip differential is optional. With subtly styling differences between the D3 and the BMW 3-Series on which its based like a body kit and 19-inch Alpina Classic alloys, there won’t be any mistaking the Alpina from standard 3-Series machines.
We haven’t been given a price as yet but we’re told that the new Alpina D3 will arrive in the UK next year.