ALPINA D3 BI-TURBO SPEC CONFIRMED
Available now, and under £50K too. Form an orderly queue...
on the D3 previously, but today comes the official spec detail from Alpina. The 350hp, 516lb ft, 139g/km and 53.2mpg we're familiar with, but there are some very exciting additional numbers from Alpina today. The official 0-62mph time is 4.6 seconds, and prices have been confirmed too: £46,950 for the saloon, £49,950 for the Touring.
As with the B3 Bi-Turbo, a few trademark Alpina accoutrements distinguish the D3. 'Subtle aerodynamic enhancements' include new bumpers and side skirts, there are four exhaust pipes and, of course, those 19-inch multispoke alloy wheels.
The interior receives the familiar Alpina upgrades; a build number plaque, blue instruments displays, a smattering of logos and hand-stitched Lavalina leather.
Both versions of the world's fastest diesel production car (Alpina's words, not ours) are available now. We were scratching our heads trying to find a comparable car to the D3, but there is something; take one Mercedes C350 CDI and treat it to a few hours at Brabus and its D6 S package. 265hp and 457lb ft are massaged to 313hp and 509lb ft, which should keep the Alpina in sight. That's £2,326.80 fitted, which would make a Brabused C350 saloon £38,371.80. It's another option, certainly.
Finally, another (sort of) valid stat amongst the power and performance; a 22 per cent Benefit-in-Kind rate means a D3 saloon driver in the 40 per cent tax bracket would pay just £344.66 a month. PistonHeads. MPG matters...