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 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 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).
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.