Geneva Motor Show: 2013 Alpina XD3 BiTurbo is a rival for the Audi SQ5 TDI

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 5, 2013

If the Audi SQ5 TDI is not the kind of the car you would like, then we have an alternative: ladies and gentlemen, this is the Alpina XD3 BiTurbo based on the Bmw X3. As expected, the new 2013 Alpina XD3 BiTurbo is powered by a 3.0-liter diesel engine delivering 350 hp and 700 Nm of torque, which translates into a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 5 seconds.

For those who don’t know, the Audi SQ5 is powered by a 3.0-liter TDI engine with 313 hp and 650 Nm of torque and hits 100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds. Top speed is limited at 250 km/h (155 mph), while the Alpina XD3 Biturbo offers a top speed of 253 km/h.

Not much, but you will slowly take the Audi SQ5. Using an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, the Alpina XD3 Biturbo needs only 6.8 liters of fuel per 100 km and emits only 180g/km CO2. Regarding the design, the Alpina XD3 Biturbo comes with the well-known front lip spoiler with Alpina lettering, but also with double-ended tailpipes integrated into an Alpina rear valance.

Inside, the vehicle features leather Upholstery, supportive Sport Seats, Xenon Headlights, Cruise Control and Park Distance Control. The hand-finished Alpina LAVALINA sport steering wheel with Blue/Green stitching connects driver and car while the Alpina instrument panel with black-panel LCD technology displays vital information, including a digital speed read-out and gear indicator.

Moreover, the interior features Alpina door sills, floor mats and emblems in the seatbacks provide discreet hints to the XD3 Bi-Turbo’s provenance. Optional interior trim finished in Alcantara with contrasting stitching makes for a decidedly more sporty ambiance.

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