Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo spec confirmed

We shouldn't be this excited about what is ostensibly a diesel 3 Series. But then that's really doing the Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo a disservice, isn't it? What it may actually be is the most desirable car in the motoring writer's favourite place, The Real World.

Saloon is nice, but you want the Touring, right?
Saloon is nice, but you want the Touring, right?
We've speculated 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.

That fuel gauge will stay full with 53.2mpg!
That fuel gauge will stay full with 53.2mpg!
The ZF eight-speed auto is standard, and Alpina will have worked its magic on the Adaptive M Sport suspension again also. 'Alpina Green' is one of the striking signature colours, although we'd probably stick with blue.

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...

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  • ATM 06 Jan 2014

    GetCarter said:
    ATM said:
    So I just checked the Alpina site. The D3 is listed with 19 inch wheels. The B3 is listed with 20 inch. I'm pretty sure these are both go flats. I'd be surprised if Alpina were going anywhere near run flats.

    The B3 is showing as available in rwd and 4wd. The D3 is only showing one configuration but it's not obvious if it's 4wd or rwd. I thought the 335d is now 4wd only.
    Checked with Alpina. Go flats only ..

    ..and only RWD in RHD. 4x4 available, but not in UK spec - LHD only.
    This is interesting.

    335d RHD is 4WD / x-drive only
    D3 RHD is RWD only.

  • Max_Torque 05 Jan 2014

    Some quick sums suggest this D3 biturbo is the new "most power from the least Co2" category leader!

    345bhp/706Nm from 139g/km = 2.48 bhp/g/km & 5.09 Nm/g/km

    (old top dog was the Maca 12c (@ 2.21 bhp/g/km & 2.17 Nm/g/km)

    and in the real world, it's gonna be even better, with people claiming mid 30mpg from the D3, but 12c's apparently struggling to get mid 20s mpg!

  • Fun Bus 03 Jan 2014

    TheDoggingFather said:
    Spoof said:
    Depends entirely on the Sytner you use. I've used a few now with having Alpina, in my experience, Nottingham and Maidenhead are petty good, another I've used was terble.
    Can you not deal direct with Alpina?
    With Sytner Nottingham, you almost are as they are Alpina UK. The next closest you'd get is going direct to the factory in Germany.

  • Vladimir 03 Jan 2014

    Lowtimer said:
    Correct. Neither do a lot of the ordinary BMWs now... they have quietly sidled away from 'standard fit' runflats on a lot of models now in the UK market.
    I had to tell my dealer they were a no cost option on the m135i; he didn't believe me!

  • Lowtimer 03 Jan 2014

    Vladimir said:
    Pretty certain Alpina have never used RFTs. Nor have any proper M cars. Shows how cr4p they are!
    Correct. Neither do a lot of the ordinary BMWs now... they have quietly sidled away from 'standard fit' runflats on a lot of models now in the UK market.

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