New 2020 Alpina D3 S saloon and estate launched

Alpina has unveiled a diesel-powered version of its BMW 3 Series, with 350bhp and 730Nm of torque

Alpina has launched a tuned version of the latest BMW 330d xDrive. Called the D3 S, it features the same styling and chassis upgrades as the petrol-powered B3, but it’s powered by a tuned version of BMW’s turbocharged 3.0-litre diesel engine.

It’s available to order now, although first deliveries aren’t expected to arrive until November this year. UK prices are yet to be officially confirmed but, based on Alpina’s European figures, they should start from around £61,000 for the saloon and £62,500 for the estate.

New Alpina XD3 review

The Alpina D3 S’s powertrain is based on the BMW 330d’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six engine, but features new intercoolers, a reflashed ECU, an uprated cooling system and a freer-flowing exhaust. The result is an output of 350bhp and 730Nm of torque, which is 92bhp and 170Nm more than the standard BMW 330d.

Like the BMW 330d xDrive on which it’s based, the Alpina D3 S sends power to all four wheels, through a reworked version of the standard car’s eight-speed automatic gearbox. Top speed stands at 170mph, while the 0–62mph sprint takes just 4.6 seconds in the saloon – thanks in part to the transmission’s revised shift pattern.

It shares the same chassis and suspension setup as the petrol-powered Alpina B3 – meaning there’s a fresh set of adaptive dampers, uprated Eibach springs, larger diameter disc brakes, new calipers, a reconfigured electronic power steering system and a new electronically controlled limited-slip differential.

The D3’s track width and wheelbase is also increased over the standard 330d, which Alpina says will benefit the car’s handling. Finally, customers can spec a high-performance braking system with lightweight, drilled discs and uprated brake pads as an optional extra.

Cosmetic upgrades have also been carried over from the Alpina B3. There’s a new body kit with a deep front splitter, wider side skirts, flared wheel arches and an aggressive rear diffuser. Fresh 19-inch alloy wheels, wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tyres, are offered as standard, while the brand’s trademark 20-inch multi-spoke alloys are available as an optional extra.

The D3’s interior can be finished to the owner’s preference, with Alpina offering a choice of upholstery, stitching and embossing options for the seats – and a range of trim variants for the centre console and dashboard. Soft furnishing aside, though, the cabin is near-identical to the standard 3 Series, with the same digital gauge cluster and iDrive infotainment system.

What do you make of the new Alpina D3 S? Let us know in the comments section below…


New Skoda Octavia vRS Estate diesel 2021 review
Skoda Octavia vRS diesel - front
Skoda Octavia vRS Estate

New Skoda Octavia vRS Estate diesel 2021 review

The Skoda Octavia vRS diesel is a competent all-rounder, but is tough to recommend when compared to its petrol-powered sibling
12 Jan 2021
Audi RS4 Avant review
Audi RS 4 Avant - driving front
Audi RS4

Audi RS4 Avant review

The Audi RS 4 Avant is a devastatingly capable and fast all-rounder that’s easy to live with - it just lacks character.
7 Jan 2021
Best family cars to buy 2021
Best cars & vans

Best family cars to buy 2021

What are the best family cars on sale? Whether you're after an SUV or an affordable hatchback, out top 10 list reveals all...
5 Jan 2021
New Renault Megane Sport Tourer E-Tech PHEV 2020 review
Renault Megane Sport Tourer - rear seats
Renault Megane Sport Tourer

New Renault Megane Sport Tourer E-Tech PHEV 2020 review

Has a new hybrid powertrain propelled the Renault Megane Sports Tourer to the top of its class?
18 Dec 2020

Most Popular

BMW, Mercedes and Tesla owners could be at risk of higher insurance premiums
bmw x5 m50d tracking front

BMW, Mercedes and Tesla owners could be at risk of higher insurance premiums

Raw, uncapped insurance group rating data could be used by insurers to increase premiums on various high-end cars
19 Jan 2021
New 2021 Mercedes EQA electric crossover arrives with 302-mile range
Mercedes EQA - front
Mercedes EQA

New 2021 Mercedes EQA electric crossover arrives with 302-mile range

The new Mercedes EQA is a premium rival for the Volkswagen ID.3 and Kia e-Niro, with a maximum claimed range of 302 miles
20 Jan 2021
Best electric cars to buy 2021
Electric cars

Best electric cars to buy 2021

There are more electric cars than ever to choose from, so we've picked some of the best you can buy in the UK now
4 Jan 2021