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

Article by Christian A., 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.

BMW is never one to rest on its laurels. True to its commitment to always providing the best cars that come out of its fold, BMW continues to seek ways to reinvent its cars. A glaring and proud testament to this is the new BMW X3.

BMW X3 takes its inspiration from the standard BMW X series but it takes the design features to a whole new level. These design upgrades include wheel arches that are flared to maximize strength coupled with short front and rear overhangs that give the X3 the look and feel of a powerful sports activity vehicle. In comparison to previous models, the X3 is taller by half an inch (12mm), longer by 3.36 inches (83mm), 1.1 inches (28mm) wider, and has more ground clearance of half an inch(12mm). Even the wheelbase of the new BMW X3 is longer by 0.6 inches (15mm) at 110.6 inches(2819mm) than its predecessor.

X3 is characterized by three distinct lines. There is the door handle level upper counter line that initially rises within the front wheel arch area, but drops to the rear in a marked way that evokes a harmonious flow. This is further accentuated by two lines that also grace the wheel arches, subtle yet distinguishable, low-key yet remarkable.

The rear is also adorned by horizontal lines, a show of force for the strapping built of the BMW X3. All these lines are never without purpose. These were intended to create a magnificent show of lights and shadow effects that glisten in the exquisitely modeled surfaces of the X3.

Typical of the BMW, the X3’s taillights, found on the far out portion, are shaped T-like to add to the distinctive characteristics of the car. Even the LED light bars were well thought of, as these are consistent with BMW’s night-time design signature.

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