Rumors are swirling that Alpina, the tuning house that specializes in all things BMW, will followup its Geneva debut of the B3 Bi-Turbo with an oil-burning variant slated for debut at September's Frankfurt Motor Show. The news comes from Auto Zeitung, which reports that the second-generation D3 will be based off the Europe-only 335d.

This is a departure from the last D3, which had the four-cylinder turbo-diesel from the BMW 123d in a 3 Series body. The new model is expected to use a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged inline-six, which will generate 350 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. That should scoot it to 62 miles per hour in under five seconds (likely while towing a tree stump). Both rear- and all-wheel drive should be available on the D3, and we imagine the thrill of this much power channeled through just the two rear wheels to be akin to skydiving sans parachute.

For our European friends that want an Alpina D3, but don't need more torque than any American full-size pickup, there may be plans to offer a four-cylinder variant that still delivers Alpina performance without a compromise in economy. We'll have more on the Alpina D3 when it debuts at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.


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      k_m94
      • 1 Year Ago
      This output's pretty similar to the very fast and Europe only M550d x-drive, but in the much smaller and lighter 3 series package. Should be relatively efficient as well.
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      "For our European friends that want an Alpina D3, but don't need more torque than any American full-size pickup..." Wow, Brandon -- you really need to do some more research. There are multiple American truck options that offer far more torque than this car. There are also multiple American gasoline-powered cars that offer more torque...food for thought.
        11fiveoh
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        He meant don't need more horsepower than any truck, as in even a base model full size. Could be worded better, but he wasn't really wrong.
        jason32379
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        He's not far off though. How many trucks have less torque than this six-cylinder car? Perhaps at least 80% of them. Haters gonna hate.
      Ak74
      • 1 Year Ago
      350 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque 516 of torque ?!!!!
      Muttons
      • 1 Year Ago
      On another note, I think Alpina started out as a wheel company. They created this one cool multi-spoke design and then ordered 10,000 from their supplier, but a software glitch placed the order for 10 MILLION (pinky to the side of the mouth). Fearing bankruptcy they decided to sell the wheels attached to various dark blue BMWs. And Alpina was born.
      William
      • 1 Year Ago
      "will followup its Geneva debut of the B3 Bi-Turbo with an oil-burning variant" Does the B3 Bi-Turbo not use gasoline? Or does "oil-burning" mean the car uses diesel? If so, what do you colloquially call a car that uses gasoline? Both gasoline and diesel fuel are oils derived from petroleum, aren't they?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @William
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      jason32379
      • 1 Year Ago
      And now I have another reason to move to Europe.
      Stridenttube
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm a big fan of the Alpina wheels on the big 7, but I'm not sure it works on the 3 series. Non the less a wonderful car, as always.
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