British consumers looking for a high-performance diesel model can now add the new BMW Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo to their list of choices. The BMW F30 3-Series based D3 is available in the UK as a Saloon for £46,950 or as a Touring (estate) for £49,950.
Alpina says it is also targeting business users in the country:
“The D3 Bi-Turbo Saloon has a P11D value of £46,950 and, because of its low CO2 emissions, incurs a 2012/13 BIK tax rate of just 22%. This makes the annual taxable benefit £10,340, meaning a 40% tax payer would currently pay £344.66 per month – little more than half the tax payable for running a comparable petrol vehicle,” said the company in a statement.
Regardless of body style, the D3 Bi-Turbo comes with a tuned 3.0-liter straight-six turbocharged diesel twisting out 345hp (350PS) and 700Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque, for a zero to 62 mph (100km/h) sprint in just 4.6 seconds and a 173 mph (278km/h) top speed. Combined cycle fuel economy stands at 53.2 mpg UK with CO2 emissions of 139 g/km.
There’s a comprehensive list of standard equipment that includes an eight-speed automatic gearbox, Adaptive M Sport Suspension, leather upholstery, electrically adjustable heated sports seats, climate control and Bi-Xenon headlights.
In the interior, there are also special carpet overmats, ALPINA logos on the seat backs and door sills, hand-stitched leather steering wheel, and blue instrument gauges, while on the outside, the D3 sports 19-inch rims, a four outlet sports exhaust, and subtle aerodynamic aids.