Unlike the X5 and X6 that do have an M diesel locomotive under the hood, BMW isn’t going to do a sporty version of the X3 SUV – but fret not, there’s a solution coming from Alpina in the form of the new XD3.

The Bavaria-based aftermarket specialist has decided to tamper with the “state-of-the-art BMW 3.0-liter straight-six engine with two turbochargers and common-rail high-pressure direct injection” of the standard X3 diesel derivative – and now displays a total of 333 horsepower (245 kilowatts) and a tractor-ready 516 pound-feet (700 Newton-meters) maximum torque. You might think – in this day and age – the numbers are good, but not great. Read on, because Alpina also has performance figures: the sprint from 0 to 62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) takes just 4.9 seconds, while maximum speed is now rated at 158 mph (254 kph). That’s one fast getaway sports car – oh, sorry, we’re talking about an SUV, with a diesel engine!

The Alpina XD3 is like a diesel BMW X3 M (4)
Alpina has even switched to the new WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicle Test Procedure) cycle, and came up with an average of nine liters per 100 kilometers on average, as well as CO2 emissions of 238 grams per kilometer. The 3.0-liter is of course linked to the ubiquitous eight-speed automatic transmission and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system, reworked to deliver an “Alpina specific torque distribution.” There’s more as well – the XD3 rides on a new sport suspension with electronically adjustable dampers and an active rear limited slip differential, comes with 20-inch wheels with lockable wheel covers and hidden air valves and you can even get a shiny set of 22 alloys if you want.


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