Alpina D3 Biturbo U.K. pricing announced

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Alpina, the German tuning firm, has provided enthusiasts around the world some strikingly modified BMWs in the course of many years from the All-Wheel-Drive B3 Biturbo to the latest B7 which is derived from the most current 7-Series and showcased in the recently concluded Geneva Auto Salon.

Alpina's forte is to find areas that the BMW factory does not cover as its latest release show: the diesel D3 Biturbo is the 3-series that BMW never came up with.

A previous model of the D3 was released by Alpina last year and the current model has been updated and enhanced in both performance and economy.

Making use of the twin-scroll 4-cylinder diesel unit from the 123d, Alpina raised its power yield to 214hp from the standard 204hp for the D3. The current model can sprint from standstill to 100km/h in 6.9 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 152mph.

These performance numbers put the D3 on the level of the 6-cylinder 325d and 330d but with a 4-cylinder fuel consumption. In the 123d the donor engine receives an outstanding 5.2 liters/100km (45mpg US).

The engine still comes up with 5.4 liters/100km (43.5mpg US) in the heavier 3-series with 143g/km CO2 emissions. The D3 is possibly the best everyday vehicle with its available saloon or touring versions. 

Press Release

THE NEW BMW ALPINA D3 BI-TURBO SALOON

The new BMW ALPINA D3. Saloon car evolution of the acclaimed D3 Coupe is now in the showrooms. A four cylinder four-door car, arguably the cleverest buy for all discerning UK drivers, delivering more than any larger engined counterpart in terms of performance, economy, low emissions and sheer exclusivity.

ALPINA engineers have once again used their development of BMW’s state-of-the-art twin turbo diesel engine from the 123d, which – at 214 hp – produces more horsepower per litre than any other engine in a current BMW ALPINA road car.

Like the previous D3 Saloon, all UK cars will be ordered in a single specification meaning that customers only need to choose between manual and automatic gearbox and select their preferred colour and trim.

The car is capable of 152 mph and 0-62 mph in 6.9 secs and yet the official fuel consumption and emission figures tell a very different story: 52.3 mpg (overall EU) and 143 g/km (manual gearbox version).

John Quigley, Managing Director of ALPINA GB said: “The previous model D3 was one of our most successful cars ever. We believe we really hit the spot in terms of performance, exclusivity and price. But the new car is even better than the previous model in all the key areas; performance is improved, yet both fuel economy and – crucially – emissions are reduced. Around half of D3 sales will be to business users – who will relish any opportunity to lower their personal benefit in kind charges.”

ALPINA GB, part of the Sytner Group, has been the sole UK importer for ALPINA since 1983. ALPINA has worked closely with BMW since 1961, with shared warranty coverage since 1964. ALPINA was registered as an automobile manufacturer to ISO standards in 1983.

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