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2015 Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo update revealed; 700Nm, 5.3L/100km

August 21, 2015

The new BMW-based Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo has been revealed bringing some minor tweaks following the 3 Series facelift earlier this year.

2015 Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo update

Alpina is a car manufacturer in its own right in European markets. This gives buyers the opportunity to purchase a brand-new vehicle with aftermarket-like personalisation options already fitted, while being back by warranties.

For the update, Alpina, a German-based firm, has introduced a new front spoiler system and new grilles, LED headlights, and an updated rear bumper bar and lower diffuser section.

There’s no changes under the bonnet, which means the same 3.0-litre turbo-diesel straight six resides. That’s no bad thing though as it produces an impressive 257kW and a whopping 700Nm.

Out on the tarmac the D3 can cover 0-100km/h in just 4.6 seconds, making it not far behind the full-swing BMW M3. It can also soar on to a top speed of 274km/h. Fuel economy is rated at just 5.3L/100km.

Alpina offers all-wheel drive packages as well, bringing the 0-100km/h sprint down to 4.5 seconds. This is based on the overseas-only xDrive all-wheel drive 3 Series drivetrain.

For the interior, Alpina has applied its usual smattering of finely crafted leathers and bespoke instruments, while adding in an updated cruise control system and parking distance controls for the new model.

It’s a shame Alpina doesn’t have an official showroom in Australia. For now, the D3 Bi-Turbo is available in overseas markets only.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.