To be absorbed into the BMW Group by the middle of the decade, ALPINA is giving the D3 S a nip and tuck for the 2023 model year now that the 3 Series has gone through a facelift. Naturally, it gets the same redesigned headlights and modified bumpers to mirror its 3er sibling, but with a bit sportier design. The front spoiler lip, quad exhaust, and trunk lid spoiler reveal it’s a step up from the M340d.

With BMW switching to the iDrive 8 for the 3 Series LCI, ALPINA is following suit with the D3 S by pairing the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with a 14.9-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. Both displays are housed within a single piece of curved glass, while the center console has been simplified by deleting the physical buttons for the climate settings.

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While the 2023 B3 has gained substantially more power to match the newly released B4 Gran Coupe, the D3 S soldiers on with 355 hp and 730 Nm (538 lb-ft) of torque. Although the 3.0-liter inline-six diesel has remained unchanged, the updated diesel sedan and wagon duo gets a mild-hybrid setup with a 48-volt starter generator. Both BMW and ALPINA claim the new hardware improves not only efficiency but also response.

The twin-turbo engine helps the sedan reach 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in 4.6 seconds and the Touring in 4.8 seconds. The former will max out at 170 mph (273 km/h) while the latter will do 168 mph (270 km/h) since it carries a bit more bulk than the saloon. With the full torque kicking in from just 1,750 rpm, the ALPINA D3 S is an effortless AWD cruiser, ready to devour Autobahn at high speeds while remaining impressively efficient.

Already available to order, the revised diesel-fueled sedan costs from €77,050 in Germany where the wagon kicks off at €78,450. ALPINA will start deliveries from October. The two are considerably more affordable than the B3, which retails for €88,600 and €89,900, respectively.

Source: ALPINA