What is it? Compact exec from maker of ‘enhanced’ BMWs
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MPG 52.3 CO2 144g/km
Is this one of the best BMW 3 Series’ ever? Could be – it’s certainly very different from a conventional Three.
Alpina is a car manufacturer in its own right that has worked with BMW for more than 40 years, so it knows exactly how BMWs are put together.
The D3 Biturbo starts off being built as a normal four-cylinder turbodiesel 3 Series by BMW, then Alpina grabs it and enhances it.
The first thing Alpina’s spannermen do is sling out the 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine and replace it with a lightly tuned 211bhp version of the 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel from the 123d. An Alpina exhaust system is fitted, along with higher-spec brakes, tweaked suspension, Alpina alloys with non-run-flat tyres, and a bodykit.
The difference all these changes makes is genuinely astonishing: you’ll start to be blown away almost as soon as you pull away.
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