2023 ALPINA D3 S unveiled with mild hybrid diesel engine
To be absorbed into the BMW Group by the middle of the decade, ALPINA is giving the D3 S a tweak and a tweak for the 2023 model year now that the 3 Series has had a facelift. Naturally, it gets the same redesigned headlights and modified bumpers to reflect its 3er sibling, but with a slightly sportier design. The front spoiler lip, quad exhaust and trunk lid spoiler reveal that this is a step up from the M340d.
As BMW switches to 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 screens are housed in a single piece of curved glass, while the center console has been simplified by removing the physical buttons for climate settings.
While the 2023 B3 gained significantly more horsepower to match the all-new B4 Gran Coupe, the D3 S continues with 355 hp and 730 Nm (538 lb-ft) of torque. Although the 3.0-litre straight-six diesel remained unchanged, the updated diesel sedan and wagon duo get a mild-hybrid configuration with a 48-volt starter generator. BMW and ALPINA say the new hardware not only improves efficiency, but also response.
The twin-turbo engine allows the sedan to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in 4.6 seconds and the Touring in 4.8 seconds. The former will hit 170 mph (273 km/h) while the latter will hit 168 mph (270 km/h) as it carries a little more bulk than the sedan. With full torque kicking in from just 1,750 rpm, the ALPINA D3 S is an effortless AWD cruiser ready to devour the highway at speed while remaining incredibly efficient.
Already available to order, the revised diesel saloon costs from €77,050 in Germany where the station wagon starts at €78,450. ALPINA will begin deliveries from October. Both are considerably more affordable than the B3, which sells for €88,600 and €89,900 respectively.