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The D3.

BMW and Alpina have extended their 40-year collaboration into a new market segment with the introduction of the new BMW ALPINA diesel D3 sedan.

Built from the BMW 320d, the 2.0-liter D3 delivers 200 hp (149 kW) and 302 lb-ft (409 Nm) of torque yet has one of the lowest CO2 ratings (156 g/km) in the BMW range and offers fuel economy of 5.9 liters/100km (40 mpg US) on the combined European cycle.

Alpina adds a newly-tuned suspension, a larger Garrett turbocharger and intercooler, larger injectors and reprogrammed Bosch engine management. The result is a 25% increase in power, a 20% increase in torque, but only a 3.5% increase in fuel consumption compared to the 320d Sport.

The D3 uses a diesel particulate filter, and is Euro-4 compliant.

Alpina also modifies the silhouette with aerodynamic front and read spoilers. With a six-speed manual transmission, the D3 accelerates from 0-62 mph in 7.4 seconds, and has a top speed of 145 mpg. The D3 goes on sale for £26,995 (US$51,088).


allen Z

Next up is Euro5, then Tier 2 Bin 5. It is also a little pricey, but then again, if you are going for a BMW, then you might as well have the money to slurge.


Pricey partly because it is an "Alpina" version. I'd buy a standard 2.0L Diesel 1 series BMW if it met Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions and were available in the US (1 series is not here).


I would recommend the standard 320d as the 1 series is a bit small. It is really a very fine car. 50mpg (UK) 135 mph ! A great shame you cannot get them in the US.


Gosh, I'd love to get my hands on one of these. Anyone know about the rules regarding importing cars from Europe to the U.S? Isn't there a "show car" exemption?

I would like to "show" my "car's" mpg to my neighbors.

Roger Pham

Impressive blend performance and fuel economy. Can rival the Camry Hybrid on both accounts except for the price. This is a good showcase between Diesel technology and Hybrid technology.


This is the car I have been waiting for! Finally I can have my cake and eat it too, plus run it on 100% biodiesel... there is a god and it/he/she has answered my auto needs! If anyone has any insight on how to get one into the US, (EPA, DOT Legal issues) I sure would like to know. Thanks Mike for listing this, its awesome!


Dunno what you're all talking about £27 grand for a BMW of this calibre is positively cheap in comparison to an equivelent Merc, Jag etc.
Are cars really that much cheaper in the US?


...This is a good showcase between Diesel technology and Hybrid technology....


These two technologies aren’t necessarily exclusive. You can combine both and obtain further efficiencies. Peugeot obtained 28% increase in mileage (combined) in their C4 prototype.

If the same gain is applicable to this BMW maybe you can expect around 50mpg or more.

As a reference, with normal driving, I get around 51mpg in my 98 320d, but it only has 136hp (tuned for 160hp).

fyi CO2

Too bad the referenced 98 320d is not Euro-4 compliant


Fyi Co2

You're right, it's an old car. I’m trying to find a newer one.


$51,000 US (27,000 pounds) would buy you a 540i or a M3 in the US so yes, that is a lot of money for a 3 series...I would guess a non "Alpina" version is probably a good $10,000 US less costly.

Roger Pham

In theory, you are quite correct. However, in real life, cost and complication must be to the level that the consumer will embrace the technology. Turbodiesel with all kinds of exhaust emission treatment is quite complicated and is already pricey for the middle income can they afford to pay for electric hybrid technology added on to it?
The Peugeot C4 is more like a concept car rather than the pre-production model.



You're right about the price issue. That is important from the sales point of view, especially in a market where cars aren't so taxed like in the US.

Where I live, the price of diesel technology is a small fraction of the taxes we have to pay for a new car, so diesel is dominant.

A decent car usually starts at 20000 Euros, if you choose a 2.0 Litre version you must add 10000 Euros (5Euro/cm3) for the registration tax and apply 21% of VAT over 30000 Euros, at the end you get 36300 Euros +- $43560. In the fuel department each gallon costs around $6, most of it is fuel tax.

I am describing the average car that is sold in my country and it is already a turbodiesel with that complexities. If its true the price of upgrading from Euro 4 to Euro 5 will be around 500Euros, it will have a small impact.

There is plenty of space for govs. to compensate for the adoption for pricier but greener technologies like hybrids diesels. It's a mater of political will...


This is a Turbo Diesel yea?
Man, thats a lot of power and torque. And I though the 2.0 VW Golf TDi had a lot with 103kW and 320Nm back in the day. But I guess in the premium upper market you can get all sorts of treats not accesible to the average man.


We have an Alpina D3 and it beats the standard car hands down, and it undercuts the price of a 320d with msports kit by £600. In all honesty best car ever owned by the family, 200hp 302ft torque and gets at least 45mpg and thats is when thrashing it hard on a back lane in the UK, cant beat suspension for suppleness and controll in this segment

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