ALPINA’s diesel models have always had a special appeal and are some of the most coveted cars in Europe. The Buchloe-based automaker has built a name for themselves with their diesel powerplants, so naturally, when the new 2020 ALPINA D3S was announced, we got excited.
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The new ALPINA D3 S, available as both Sedan and Touring, features the same chassis and suspension enhancements as the petrol-fed ALPINA B3 counterparts. The part that sets the models apart is obviously the 6-cylinder diesel engine in the D3 S.
The 3.0-liter powerplant produces a peak output of 261 kW / 355 PS (350 hp), which is almost 100 hp less than the output of the B3 and 15 hp more than the recently revealed M340d, which stops at 340 PS / 335 hp. The high torque value of 730 Nm (538 lb-ft) is achieved from a low 1,750 rpm up to 2,750 rpm.
The 2,993 cc diesel unit powering the new ALPINA D3 S is also benefiting from the installation of the innovative BMW mild hybrid technology, which ensures a power boost at a low speed range and helps the engine be compliant with the Euro 6d-ISC-FCM emission standard.
The new D3 S is the very first ALPINA automobile generation to be equipped with a 48-volt integrated starter generator. Power from the straight-six engine is transmitted to the 4 wheels of the car thanks to the ZF 8HP76 8-speed sports automatic gearbox with ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC.
The ALPINA D3 S Sedan accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, while the Touring does the 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.8 seconds. The ALPINA D3 S Touring hits a top speed of 270 km/h, whereas the Sedan boasts 273 km/h.
There is also a long list of performance mods: a sport-tuned suspension, high-performance brakes, and the unique multi-spoke wheels. There’s also an aero kit that improves cooling performance while adding downforce front and rear.
Sadly, ALPINA won’t sell the D3 S model in the United States.