ALPINA, which will be integrated into the BMW Group by the middle of the decade, is giving the D3 S a nip and tuck for the 2023 model year now that the 3 Series has been facelifted. It features the same revised headlamps and tweaked bumpers as its older sister, but with a sportier look. The front spoiler lip, quad exhaust, and trunk lid spoiler indicate that it is an upgrade over the M340d.
ALPINA is following BMW’s lead by marrying the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with a 14.9-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system in the D3 S. Both screens are contained inside a single piece of curved glass, and the central console has been simplified by removing the traditional temperature control buttons.
While the 2023 B3 has gotten much more power to compete with the newly introduced B4 Gran Coupe, the D3 S retains 355 horsepower and 730 Nm (538 lb-ft) of torque. The 3.0-liter inline-six diesel engine remains intact, but the revised diesel sedan and wagon gain a mild-hybrid arrangement with a 48-volt starter generator. BMW and ALPINA both say that the new hardware increases both efficiency and responsiveness.
The twin-turbo engine propels the sedan to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.6 seconds and the Touring to 4.8 seconds from a standstill. The former has a top speed of 170 mph (273 km/h), whereas the latter has a top speed of 168 mph (270 km/h) due to its larger size. The ALPINA D3 S is an easy AWD cruiser, eager to devour Autobahn at high speeds while being amazingly efficient, with maximum torque coming in at only 1,750 rpm.
Already on the market, the updated diesel-powered sedan starts at €77,050 in Germany, while the wagon starts at €78,450. ALPINA will begin delivery in October. The two are much less expensive than the B3, which costs €88,600 and €89,900, respectively.
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