Numerous tuners work around the clock to provide customers with upgraded performance rides of their beloved four-wheel possessions. But few of them feature the level of craftsmanship as names such as Alpina or Brabus.
Such tuners are often forever associated with a certain brand even if they perform upgrades on other marquees because they are intractably connected to that one brand, without actually being their in-house tuners. This time around we have the recently facelifted Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo, delivered in sedan and estate flavors.
They follow the line of the updated BMW 3 Series and come with modest styling updates, such as the new front bumper and kidney grille, LED headlights and back lights featuring new graphics and a refreshed rear apron. The very subtle visual changes are a long standing part of Alpina tradition, so no surprises in this department.
The interior is the same tale: upgraded and higher quality materials and standard amenities such as cruise control or park distance system.
The mechanical clockwork has not been tampered with, so under the hood we have the 3.0-liter straight six diesel engine equipped with two turbos and churning out 350 PS (257 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque.
That’s enough for the sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) to be done in 4.6 seconds in the case of both variations – sedan and station wagon. The latter does feature a slightly softer top speed of 274 km/h (170 mph) to the sedan’s 276 km/h (171 mph).
If you need the fastest variation of the D3 Bi-Turbo bunch you should opt for the Touring xDrive that comes with all-wheel drive and lowers the 62 mph run to 4.5 seconds.