Alpina D3 coupe shows what diesels can do

Alpina D3 coupe shows what diesels can do

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Alpina has taken BMW’s state-of-the-art twin turbo diesel engine from the 123d and increased power to 214hp, and in doing so has produced an engine with more horsepower per litre than any other engine in a current BMW or BMW Alpina road car. Welcome to the Alpina D3 coupe.

The new Alpina D3 Coupe best is best compared to its rivals is its Power-To-Weight ratio; an equation commonly applied in motor sport. But, with heavily increased personal taxation designed to encourage energy saving and lowered emissions, the calculation is assuming wider relevance to drivers – especially those in the select niche at which this latest ALPINA is aimed.

As epitomised by the D3 Coupe, gaining extra performance simply by substituting a larger engine is alien to the Alpina philosophy. Instead, the manufacturer, working closely with BMW, maximises the sporting potential of existing units.

‘Added lightness’ makes a significant further contribution to the remarkable figures achieved by the new model.

The extra power, lightness of the engine, plus additional weight saving technology means an overall power-to-weight ratio of 146hp per tonne — virtually matching BMW’s own 330d Coupe.

The car is capable of 250km/h and 0-100km/h in 6.9 secs and yet the official fuel consumption and emission figures tell a very different story: 5.4 L/100km (overall EU) and 143g/km of CO2 emissions. (manual gearbox version).

Plans for New Zealand exports are as yet unknown.

alpina-d3-coupe-fq

Alpina has taken BMW’s state-of-the-art twin turbo diesel engine from the 123d and increased power to 214hp, and in doing so has produced an engine with more horsepower per litre than any other engine in a current BMW or BMW Alpina road car. Welcome to the Alpina D3 coupe.

The new Alpina D3 Coupe best is best compared to its rivals is its Power-To-Weight ratio; an equation commonly applied in motor sport. But, with heavily increased personal taxation designed to encourage energy saving and lowered emissions, the calculation is assuming wider relevance to drivers – especially those in the select niche at which this latest ALPINA is aimed.

As epitomised by the D3 Coupe, gaining extra performance simply by substituting a larger engine is alien to the Alpina philosophy. Instead, the manufacturer, working closely with BMW, maximises the sporting potential of existing units.

‘Added lightness’ makes a significant further contribution to the remarkable figures achieved by the new model.

The extra power, lightness of the engine, plus additional weight saving technology means an overall power-to-weight ratio of 146hp per tonne — virtually matching BMW’s own 330d Coupe.

The car is capable of 250km/h and 0-100km/h in 6.9 secs and yet the official fuel consumption and emission figures tell a very different story: 5.4 L/100km (overall EU) and 143g/km of CO2 emissions. (manual gearbox version).

Plans for New Zealand exports are as yet unknown.

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