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.

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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.

Source: ALPINA

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