Revised Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo appearing at Frankfurt

Subtle changes give Alpina's latest diesel-engined 3-Series even more appeal

Alpina’s products have always been incredibly compelling. While less hardcore than their equivalents from BMW’s Motorsport division, Alpina is hardly short of racing history itself, while an emphasis on quiet luxury gives the firm’s road cars unique appeal.

And the one thing BMW M hasn’t yet built – some might say mercifully – is a diesel-powered vehicle. Alpina has, since the original D3 of 2005, and its latest product is set to be launched at the upcoming Frankfurt motor show.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

The new Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo is a revision of the previous car, rather than an all-new model – and follows on from the lightly-revised 3-Series on sale soon.

Using a 3.0-litre, twin-turbocharged inline-six like that of the BMW 330d and 335d, Alpina’s fettling results in a 345bhp power output and a hefty 516lb ft torque peak, for seriously potent performance.

In saloon form, the D3 Bi-Turbo reaches 62mph in 4.6sec from rest, and hits 171mph flat-out. Also available as an estate, performance barely suffers: the saloon’s 0-62mph time is matched, and top speed drops marginally to 170mph.

At the same time, combined fuel economy of 53.3mpg for the saloon and 52.3mpg for the estate means day-to-day running costs will be quite manageable.

Additional equipment such as cruise control, park distance control and a special storage package improve the ownership experience further, while exterior features take a leaf from the similarly-revised 3-Series.

That now includes LED headlights, as well as a pair of twin tailpipes at the rear, the usual aesthetic mix of deeper bumpers and side skirts, Alpina stripes and a set of multi-spoke alloy wheels finish things off nicely.

The 2015 Frankfurt motor show opens its doors to the press on September 15, and the public two days later. You can find a round-up of Frankfurt stories here.

Recommended

Visit/bmw/m3-saloon/20529/all-new-bmw-m3-competition-revealed-an-icon-reborn
BMW M3 saloon

All-new BMW M3 Competition revealed – an icon reborn

23 Sep 2020
Visit/porsche/panamera/203115/facelifted-porsche-panamera-gts-2020-review
Porsche Panamera

Facelifted Porsche Panamera GTS 2020 review

22 Sep 2020
Visit/rolls-royce/ghost/202117/all-new-rolls-royce-ghost-revealed-luxury-saloon-set-to-rival-bentley
Rolls-Royce Ghost

All-new Rolls-Royce Ghost revealed – luxury saloon set to rival Bentley Flying Spur

1 Sep 2020
Visit/porsche/panamera/22967/renewed-porsche-panamera-range-revealed-topped-by-621bhp-non-hybrid-turbo-s
Porsche Panamera

Renewed Porsche Panamera range revealed – topped by 621bhp non-hybrid Turbo S

26 Aug 2020

Most Popular

Visit/ferrari/203127/ferrari-omologata-revealed-latest-bespoke-commission-a-v12-super-coupe
Ferrari

Ferrari Omologata revealed – latest bespoke commission a V12 super coupe

One-off Ferrari Omologata revealed with bespoke body 789bhp V12 engine
25 Sep 2020
Visit/porsche/panamera/203126/porsche-panamera-turbo-s-2020-review
Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera Turbo S 2020 review 

Monster straight-line pace and impressive handling, but the Panamera sweet spot is found elsewhere
26 Sep 2020
Visit/bmw/m3-saloon/20529/all-new-bmw-m3-competition-revealed-an-icon-reborn
BMW M3 saloon

All-new BMW M3 Competition revealed – an icon reborn

This is the all-new BMW M3 Competition saloon which will join the M4 Competition coupe in BMW M’s new M3/4 family
23 Sep 2020
Visit/lamborghini/203125/lamborghini-boss-stefano-domenicali-named-new-f1-ceo
Lamborghini

Lamborghini boss Stefano Domenicali named new F1 CEO

Lamborghini’s CEO to take charge of F1 from 2021.
25 Sep 2020