• Aug 5, 2008

For ALPINA, simply substituting a larger engine for added performance is considered alien. Instead, the German automaker prefers to "maximize the sporting potential of existing units." With that in mind, ALPINA has tweaked the twin-turbo diesel powerplant from the BMW 123d and dropped it under the hood of the BMW ALPINA D3 Bi-Turbo Coupe. With a new output of 214 hp, and 330 lb.-ft. of torque, the coupe will hit 62 mph in 6.9 seconds as it accelerates towards its top speed of 152 mph. Best of all, and the modus operandi behind the eco-friendly sports car, the ALPINA D3 squeezes out a combined EU fuel economy rating of 52.3 mpg with a stick shift (50.4 mpg with an automatic). Before you go running down to your neighborhood BMW dealer, we'll remind you that the ALPINA D3 will only be sold overseas with a base price starting at £32,950 (about $64,500)

[Source: Alpina]


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The new BMW ALPINA D3 Bi-Turbo Coupe

The factor with which the new D3 Coupe is best compared to its rivals is its Power-To-Weight ratio; an equation commonly applied in motor sport. But, with heavily increased personal taxation designed to encourage energy saving and lowered emissions, the calculation is assuming wider relevance to drivers - especially those in the select niche at which this latest ALPINA is aimed.

As epitomised by the D3 Coupe, gaining extra performance simply by substituting a larger engine is alien to the ALPINA philosophy. Instead, the manufacturer, working closely with BMW, maximises the sporting potential of existing units.

ALPINA engineers have taken BMW's state-of-the-art twin turbo diesel engine from the 123d and increased power to 214hp; producing more horsepower per litre than any other engine in a current BMW or BMW ALPINA road car.

'Added lightness' makes a significant further contribution to the remarkable figures achieved by the new model.

The extra power, lightness of the engine, plus additional weight saving technology means an overall power-to-weight ratio of 146hp per tonne – virtually matching BMW's own 330d Coupe.

The car is capable of 152mph and 0-62mph in 6.9 secs and yet the official fuel consumption and emission figures tell a very different story: 52.3mpg (overall EU) and 143g/km! (manual gearbox version).

This year, around one hundred lucky UK drivers will get all the performance and exclusivity they would expect from an ALPINA but with running costs (and, for company car drivers, benefit in kind charges) they could only dream of, until now.

ALPINA GB, part of the Sytner Group, has been the sole UK importer for ALPINA since 1983. ALPINA has worked closely with BMW since 1961, with shared warranty coverage since 1964. ALPINA was registered as an automobile manufacturer to ISO standards in 1983.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      You do know, that BMW's are cheaper here then in Europe, right?
      32k pounds is the starting price of 335 sedan... so, the Alpina 123d would come around $39k. The 128 coupe starts at $29k. Diesel + Alpina adds around $10k.
      http://www.bmw.co.uk check out the 335se saloon.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thats a very good point. Thanks for bringing it up. I read evo magazine (from England) and they are always complaining about how their BMWs are more expensive than ours!
      • 6 Years Ago
      is that mpg for real? bc that is most impressive.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Those are in imperial gallons. In US gallons, it comes out to 43.5 mpg. Still impressive, but not quite as amazing as 50+.
          • 6 Years Ago
          ah yes, that sounds about right.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Real world mpg for "normal" drivers with the occasional fast autobahn rides should be between 35 and 40.
      Carlos
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why not just call it twin turbo?
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Because bi-turbo is shorter?
      • 6 Years Ago
      i cant figure out how to reply to the correct person properly. disregard prev comment. meant for snutz
      • 6 Years Ago
      The best BMW body - check
      Striking good looks - check
      Amazing fuel consumption - check
      Reasonably priced - check

      Result: the perfect daily driver!

      WANT!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, to be fair, a prius costs around £17,500 so this is less than two times more expensive. For the price of a prius you can get a nice ford mondeo with a 1.8 or 2.0 TDCi engine...
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's all relative, but I wouldn't check off that last box.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Torrent: While I'm sad that it isn't available stateside and that the car shall be produced in limited numbers, I'd prefer to get herpes from some cheap whore than drive that ugly box on wheels called the Prius.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Torrent
        The Price of 3 Priuses: Check!

        Actually it's a lot less than 2 Prii, if you compare it's European price with the European price of a Prius.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Amazing...
      • 6 Years Ago
      If they can get 50mpg out of a fat ass pig like that, then 100mpg is definitely possible with a small car, small engine and boost.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy crap... even if you got 40 hwy mpg out of this car that would be pretty amazing. 200HP w/ 330lb/ft... and the mileage of a Prius. How is that not a win for a daily driver? Its just to bad its so damn expensive.
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