2009 BMW ALPINA D3 Bi-Turbo Coupe review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 6 August 2008 , 16:08:24 byVeronica

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BMW ALPINA D3 Bi-Turbo Coupe

ALPINA developed the D3 model to encourage energy saving and lowered emissions. For more power, the carmaker decided to work closely with BMW for maximizing the sporting potential of the existing units and not just fit bigger ones. The model features a twin turbo diesel engine like the 123d, but its power has been increased to 214 horsepower and the extra power lightness the engine. The model is capable of delivering 152 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 6.9 seconds. The model will be available in the UK and so, finally a lot of driver will have the opportunity to enjoy all the power the model has at very low costs, things they were only dreaming of having together. ALPINA has been working close to German carmaker, BMW since 1961 and since 1983 ALPINA is registered as an automobile manufacturer to ISO standard.

The factor with which the new D3 Coupe 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.

ALPINA engineers have taken BMW`s state-of-the-art twin turbo diesel engine from the 123d and increased power to 214hp; producing more horsepower per litre than any other engine in a current BMW or BMW ALPINA road car.

`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 152mph and 0-62mph in 6.9 secs and yet the official fuel consumption and emission figures tell a very different story: 52.3mpg (overall EU) and 143g/km! (manual gearbox version).

This year, around one hundred lucky UK drivers will get all the performance and exclusivity they would expect from an ALPINA but with running costs (and, for company car drivers, benefit in kind charges) they could only dream of, until now.

ALPINA GB, part of the Sytner Group, has been the sole UK importer for ALPINA since 1983. ALPINA has worked closely with BMW since 1961, with shared warranty coverage since 1964. ALPINA was registered as an automobile manufacturer to ISO standards in 1983.