They might sound like a brand of muesli or air freshener, but few will deny that Alpina know exactly what they're doing when it comes to high-performance luxury cars. Their latest, the Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo, is particularly impressive, as it just so happens to be the fastest diesel production car in the world.
Says Alpina sales manager Matthew Stripling: “What makes these figures even more remarkable is that the D3 Bi-Turbo is also a luxury car that delivers its world-beating performance alongside uncompromising comfort and refinement.
“The new six cylinder D3 has a wonderful bespoke feel that touches all the senses to make every journey a pleasure, whether commuting to work or powering through the mountains.”The Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo
The Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo is based on BMW's latest generation 3-Series. It's the fruit of a two year development programme, and Alpina are doubtlessly pleased as punch at the way things have turned out.
Diesel engines are usually regarded as the more steadfast, sensible and fuel efficient choice. If you want pulling power, reliability and fuel efficiency, go for a diesel. Until now, people have always turned to petrol engines for their kicks. It's no coincidence that those who favour high speeds, loud noises and deliciously noxious smells are called “petrolheads” (as opposed to “dieselheads”).
That soon might all change. The Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo can achieve 0-62mph in just 4.6 seconds thanks to its 350hp, 700Nm power. And with a top speed of 173mph, those petrol-scented days may soon enter the realm of memory.
Yet despite all this incredible power, this is still an efficient diesel engine. It's still capable if up to 53.2mpg, with CO2 emissions as low as 139g/km.BMW Luxury
Thanks to its BMW origins, the Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo offers all the luxury and advanced features you might expect from such a merging of minds. The long list of standard equipment includes an eight-speed automatic gearbox, Adaptive M Sport Suspension, leather upholstery, electrically adjustable heated sports seats, climate control and Bi-Xenon headlights.
Indeed, in terms of luxury the Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo is in the realms of tailored suits and monogrammed luggage. The 17” alloy wheels and the four outlet exhaust are impressive enough, but what truly makes each car stand out as an example of individual bespoke luxury is the model plaque displayed on the centre console that displays the car's unique build number.
Matthew Stripling continues: “The D3 will be attractive to business users who have the resources to purchase a high-performance luxury car but have been put-off by the high taxation.
“ALPINA has traditionally been the choice of informed professionals who enjoy fine technology and attention to detail. With such a competitive package, the D3 Bi-Turbo is sure to prove successful in this discerning market.”
More important than that, it's a further step towards the future in which people realise that high-performance luxury motoring and solid green credentials need not be mutually exclusive.