BMW ALPINA D3 Bi-turbo: The world’s fastest production diesel car
BMW Alpina have just launched the D3 Bi-Turbo, which can comfortably lay claim to being the world’s fastest production diesel. How fast is it you may ask? Well, it is Porsche Cayman S worryingly quick with a 0-62 mph time of just 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 173 mph achieved via a 350 hp engine.
All this performance does not come at the expense of fuel economy because the BMW Alpina D3 can achieve 53 mpg and CO2 emissions of 139 g/km. Taking two years to develop, the BMW ALPINA D3 is based on the latest generation BMW 3-series.
BMW Alpina is a certified car manufacturer and not a tuner, so every aspect of the donor car has been analysed to increase performance and handling. Priced in the UK from £46,950, the BMW Alpina D3 comes in the form of estate or saloon body styles and for your money you get an eight-speed gearbox, Adaptive M Sport suspension, instrumentation in Alpina signature blue with Alpina logos, the choice of different trims and luxurious leather, heated seats, climate control and Bi-xenon headlamps.
On the outside, you get a subtle body-kit developed in the wind tunnel with a front spoiler, which reduces drag to almost zero. You also get, quad exhaust pipes and 19” ALPINA alloy wheels.