BMW Alpina XD3 – Alpina Star
If there ever was an X3M, this would probably be it.
Another day, another crossover? Not quite. The BMW Alpina XD3 is a different animal altogether actually. If ever the Bavarian car maker intended to create an X3 M, it would probably turn out to be very similar to today’s test-drive car.
Based on the diesel equivalent of the X3, Alpina (an automobile manufacturing company based in Buchloe, in the Ostallgäu district of Bavaria, Germany that builds and sells souped up versions of regular BMW cars) has created a beast of a crossover and that is just skimming the surface.
You see the XD3 Bi-Turbo combines performance, traction and diesel efficiency with crossover features like a superior sitting position, everyday functionality and practical dimensions plus a drivetrain that would would allow you to keep up with almost any supercar off the lights.
Looking at the numbers, 350hp with a mind-warping 700Nm of torque, allows the fairly large XD3 to hit 100km/h in just 4.9 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 250km/h. What’s even scarier is with all that power at your right foot, fuel economy has been rated at a staggering 6.6l/100km. Its a performance crossover package that I dare say is almost impossible to beat.
On the exterior the Alpina XD3 clearly distinguishes itself from the standard X3 thanks to a redesigned front end that features a sportier, more dynamic air-inlets, grille, twin-circular headlights, LED foglight, an Alpina front spoiler and horizontal aluminium satin inserts that pitch down slightly towards the centre.
The sides also feature an additional Alpina side skirt along with a chrome piece just aft of the front fender. At the back, you get an Alpina rear valance that houses the Akrapovic-sourced quad exhaust system that gives off a sporty growl whenever you floor the throttle – nothing about it sounds in anyway diesel at all! Topping off the extensive list of visual bits are the massive Alpina Classic 20-inch 20-spoke lightweight alloy wheels with 255 tyres upfront and 285 ones at the back.
Speaking of features, the XD3 includes an extensive list of options, which are standard on the Alpina like leather upholstery, Alpina Sport Seats (that feature the Alpina badge), Xenon headlights, Cruise Control, Park Distance Control and Automatic Air Conditioning, Driving Assistant (Lane Departure Warning), Central Information Display and iDrive Controller, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Bluetooth Telephone Preparation with USB Audio Interface, BMW Emergency Call and Passenger Airbag Deactivation.