We've got good news and bad news for you, boys and girls, from the floor of the Frankfurt Motor Show. The good news is that the BMW M3 has come early, with a diesel, in wagon form – albeit with a different name. The bad news is that it will in all likelihood never make it to America. Which is a shame, because it's awesome.

What we're talking about, of course, is the new Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo. BMW's wickedly talented but lesser known stepchild has created a 3 Series with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo diesel six packing 345 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. You – and by "you," we mean overseas buyers – can choose between sedan or wagon, as well as rear- or all-wheel drive. But the bottom line is a 4.6-second 0-62 time and a 173-mph top speed... from a diesel.

We scoped out the rear-drive wagon Alpina brought to the show, decked out in its signature blue. And you can, too, in the gallery of live shots above, along with the freshly assembled stock photos of both sedan and wagon versions in the gallery below.


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      ihatedavebushell
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is a D3 (d means diesel at alpina) B3 is the gas car.
        Kumar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ihatedavebushell
        Good catch: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2014-alpina-d3-bi-turbo-frankfurt-2013/#photo-997088/
      bonehead
      • 1 Year Ago
      345hp is crazy from a diesel, but i kind of doubt these claimed acceleration numbers. I dont think that a 345hp bmw wagon is capable of 0-62 in 4.6. That would mean 0-60 in 4.5 and for that weight that seems a little difficult. Maybe its the AWD and low end torque that allows it, but it seems a little optimistic to me. Sure hope its true though!
      Jeremy
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is sad. Americans continue their unique aversion to hatchbacks and wagons. We seem to only accept SUV's as high-end vehicles with hatches. The Europeans and Japanese periodically try to reintroduce wagons but the sales numbers are abysmal and they end up dropping them from the U.S. lineup. Even the A4 Avant is no more here - replaced by an Allroad which is basically a jacked-up Avant made to look like an SUV. Most people here still equate a hatchback with a cheap econobox.
        Actionable Mango
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jeremy
        I agree with everything you said. Also the CAFE standards penalize heavy passenger vehicles, which give SUVs advantages since they are classified as light duty trucks.
      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      We miss out on all the toys......
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes. Bring it to NA for under 60K...it will sell.
      jessesrq
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is my nerdy little dream car, right there. (Minus all of the Alpina badges.)
      Clock
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds awesome, but based on my driving experiences in America I wouldn't know I've never driven a twin turbo, or a performance minded diesel before.
      A_Concerned_Citizen
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seriously? A typo in the title of the article? Just poor.
      Jay
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really wish we had more cool wagon choices in the US. I use a 2006 E61 as my work vehicle and have no idea what I could replace it with now. It's been the perfect all weather work wagon with over 125k on it now. No problems and not even a rattle or squeak on the original suspension. The all-road or new 3 wagon could be cool if they offered a better engine choice.