Alpina’s latest SUV brute has debuted at the Geneva motor show, bringing added performance and extra refinement to the new BMW X3 it’s based on.
Using the Bavarian maker’s latest-generation X3 platform, the Buchloe-built XD3 adds a revised version of the 3.0-litre six-cylinder twin-turbocharged diesel for right-hand drive markets and a highly-modified quad-turbo for the rest of the world.
The twin-turbo, which is the model most likely to land in Australia, produces 254kW and 700Nm that moves the mid-size SUV from 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 254km/h.
The quad-turbo, that can’t be converted to fit into a right-hand drive engine bay, produces a gruntier 289kW and 770Nm – shortening the 100km/h sprint to 2.6 seconds and nudging the top speed up to 265km/h.
All models also feature Alpina-spec adaptive damper suspension, active limited slip-differential, eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Standard on both versions are quad-tip exhausts, 20-inch alloys (with optional 22-inch wheels available), Alpina body kit with iconic ‘Alpina’ branded lip spoiler and striping kit ala other models found in the bespoke maker's range.
Inside, the XD3 tweaks are only mild and include leather seats with Alpina embossed headrests and unqiue steering wheel. All models receive an Alpina build plaque on the centre console.
Orders for the European model will be taken from Q2 2018 and deliveries are expected to commence from 2019.
Australia hasn’t been confirmed for the milder twin-turbo variant yet but given the influx of the retuned models to our market recently it is tipped to be announced once pricing has been finalised. Even if we do miss the model, the 265kW/500Nm petrol-powered 3.0-litre six-cylinder twin-turbo BMW X3 M40i arrives in July and is 0.1sec quicker to the ton.
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