Do you like the look of the BMW X3 xDrive30d but crave a little more grunt? Well, famed German tuner Alpina has the answer ? and it?s called the Alpina XD3.
Set to make its public debut at the Geneva International Motor Show in March, the quad-turbo (yes, four of them!) BMW Alpina XD3 has been tuned to deliver 285 kW and 770 N.m from its 3,0-litre inline-six turbodiesel heart. Interestingly, this configuration will be offered in left-hand drive only, with right-hand-drive Alpina markets using a less powerful, twin-turbo set-up instead.
In its most powerful form, the XD3 is 90 kW and a full 150 N.m better off than the Munich-based brand?s standard X3 xDrive30d derivative, and quite a bit punchier than the new M40d (240 kW and 680 N.m) powertrain introduced in the recently unveiled second-generation X4, too.
The result is a claimed zero to 100 km/h sprint time of just 4,6 seconds and a top speed of 266 km/h, along with a claimed fuel consumption figure of 9,0 L/100 km under the new, more stringent Worldwide Harmonised Light-Duty Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).
Alpina has also made some alterations to the ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission and xDrive all-wheel-drive system, and added its own sports suspension, complete with electronically adjustable dampers and an active rear limited slip differential. Fresh front and rear bumpers (the latter framing quad-exhausts) have been added, too.
Furthermore, the cabin has gained a handful of fairly subtle updates, while Alpina Classic 20-inch alloys with lockable wheel covers and concealed air valves come standard (22-inch items are optional).
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