2023 BMW Alpina D4 S Gran Coupe verdict and specs

Could Alpina’s latest take on the diesel super-saloon be all the car you’d ever need?...

Alpina D4 S Rear


Ever since the emissions scandal, buyers of performance cars have been steadily moving away from diesel power, which is one of the reasons why BMW won’t offer you an M440d in Gran Coupe form. Even the two-door version has since been taken off sale.  

It’s safe to say, then, that the Alpina D4 S Gran Coupe will be a rare sight on UK roads, but don’t let that put you off, because what Alpina has built is arguably the pinnacle of the performance executive cruiser – fast and frugal, comfortable and cosseting, exciting and engaging. Indeed, if you are a high-mileage driver with a keen focus on low fuel consumption but still values performance and dynamics, it ticks every box. 

Of course, with a starting price of £65,700, it’s certainly not cheap (it’s £8075 more than an M340d saloon) but if this is, as we suspect, the pinnacle of the fast diesel, we reckon that it is worth every penny. 

What Car? rating  5 stars out of 5

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BMW Alpina D4 S Gran Coupe

Price £65,700 Engine 6cyl, 2993cc, twin-turbocharged diesel Power 350bhp @ 4000-4200rpm Torque  538lb ft @ 1750-2750rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic Top speed 168mph 0-62mph 4.8sec Fuel economy 40.9mpg (WLTP) CO2/tax 182g/km, 37%

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