The BMW Alpina range is for those drivers who love BMWs but are wanting a more thrilling level of performance from a stylish range. The specialist firm has created enhanced versions of BMW's estates, saloon and coupes - and all are excellent cars.
There isn't enough room to detail just how impressive the BMW Alpina range is but drivers can expect excellent vehicles. They include the Alpina D4 and D5 and the D3 and B3 which are saloons based on the BMW 335i, while the D3 and B3 Alpina Touring are the estate versions. Alpina also make the B4 and B7.
If we take the BMW Alpina XD3 as an example, everything highlighted for this vehicle is true also of the others. There is, apparently, no end to the number of SUVs available for buyers but for anyone looking for the fastest diesel version should look in the direction of the Alpina XD3, which is based on BMW's X3 xDrive35d, because this impressive vehicle will accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds.
With the Alpina XD3, owners will find some major tweaks specifically to the cooling system, exhaust and air intake to help create the extra power. The car is essentially still using the diesel 3.0 litre twin turbo which is coupled to an eight speed automatic gearbox to help control the 345bhp being generated. When it comes to handling, the BMW X3 is already one of the better SUVs available so the Alpina really is putting the cherry on the cake for those who want the XD3.
The Alpina XD3 is a car for motorists who really do mean business; the unrestricted top speed is 157 mph and the car grips the road in a variety of conditions. The automatic gearbox is excellent and helps transfer the power effectively, and with the roar of the exhaust, this is a thrilling car to drive.
The driver can change the control settings which will also alter the gearbox response, dampers, steering and the throttle's sensitivity. The best option is to use 'drive' for getting the best out of the car but set it to 'Eco Pro' and all the fun is reduced as it strives to conserve fuel. However, when set to 'comfort' the Alpina XD3 is a fantastic drive and a good mix of smooth ride and excellent body control, there's no body roll on corners thanks to the effective stability control system.
For anyone wanting to see what the Alpina XD3 can do, there are two more settings - the Sport and Sport+, with the latter reducing the impact of the stability control system although it will step in if it senses the car is about to lose control. There's a good selection of standard equipment including Bluetooth connectivity, electrically adjustable leather seats, satnav, dual zone air conditioning and xenon lights.
Why not have a look at the Alpina on the official BMW UK company website and get the latest news about the BMW Alpina at The UK Alpina Owners' club. You may also like to see what they're saying about the Alpina on the Top Gear website.
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