Few tuners benefit from the kind of factory support that Alpina does, giving the pseudo-aftermarket firm nearly as much official status as BMW's own M division. And this is its latest product.

Set to debut, as expected, at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week is the new Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo, which you can consider, for all intents and purposes, the diesel M3 that BMW never built. While the outgoing D3 (which was Alpina's best-selling model) used a four-cylinder engine, Autocar reports that the new model packs a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo inline-six diesel to drive a respectable 345 horsepower but a mammoth 516 pound-feet of torque to either the rear wheels or all four through the optional availability of xDrive. (European buyers will also be able to choose between sedan and wagon bodystyles.)

The engine is the same as you'd find in the XD3 and D5 (Alpina's diesel performance versions of the X3 and 5 Series, respectively), but in the lighter 3 Series form can propel the D3 Bi-Turbo up to 62 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds and on to an Autobahn-crunching top speed of 173 mph. And as per Alpina tradition, visual cues are minimal, with a subtly optimized aero kit and 19- or available 20-inch alloy wheels. Unfortunately, the 7 Series-based B7 is the only Alpina we get on this side of the Atlantic, but an oil-drenched performance enthusiast can dream.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      dave and mary
      • 1 Year Ago
      516 pound-feet of torque? Anyone who buys one - contact me. I have a tree stump I want pulled out. :)
      • 1 Year Ago
      Torquing or twerking? What? Too soon?
      • 1 Year Ago
      The wheels are their branding. You see the wheels, you know what you're looking at immediately. They are love and hate, but I can't help but like them after hating them.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good to see these wheels again. Haven't seen them since the last Alpina tuned BMW came out. Snark aside, they really are great looking wheels. If I was going to own a BMW I'd want an Alpina.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm in love with that engine! Do you think this "Alpina" has a bi turbo setup for the VM 3.0? That kind of diesel power in a GrandCherokee or Ram would be awesome.
      • 1 Year Ago
      70s called. They want their wheels back.
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's about time they change/modify the wheel design... Alpina has been using the exact same design for decades now.
        • 1 Year Ago
        That's kinda the point. Maintaining a certain look throughout their vehicle lineup. Besides, these wheels are timeless. It's like saying Mercedes should change their logo because the star is from the early 20th century.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd assume these things probably have their own VIN and as such cant be imported. Its a shame because this would be an absolute monster.
      • 1 Year Ago
      That looks so good! WHY OH WHY can't get we this?!?!?!?