Ready for immediate viewing at Sytner Nottingham is this unique ALPINA D3 Touring presented in Chris Harris’s preferred colour of ALPINA Green.
One of only four such D3s in the UK, the highly flaked metallic looks great in the sun and remains distinguished when dirty, while the silver deco-set enhances the car’s natural poise and marks it out as something a little different. The sense of occasion continues on the inside with extended Merino leather covering the seats, door cards and caps, as well as the lower dash and top roll.
ALPINA-specific details include the numbered production plaque, ALPINA roundel etched in silver on the Piano Black trim, enamel roundel in the seatback and embossed roundels in the headrests. To remind the driver he is piloting something very different from the norm, the steering wheel is trimmed in ultra-supple LAVALINA leather with trademark blue and green stitching to complement the blue instruments and green exterior.
The D3’s real showpiece however is the thoroughness of its engineering. ALPINA’s engineering team of 70 developed the D3 over two years, using a combination of existing BMW parts where suitable and developing their own when not. The brakes for example, utilise Brembo callipers and a pad compound specially developed by ALPINA to combine optimum feel and stopping power from cold. The engine features two ALPINA-specific twin-scroll turbochargers that work in parallel, while the intake was optimised for high, unrestricted induction rates. To cope with the extra heat generated and the stresses of running for a tank of fuel at a time at 170+ mph, the cooling package was significantly uprated and now boasts a dedicated oil cooler, secondary radiator and 30 percent larger primary radiator, in addition to an innovative intercooler arrangement. ALPINA specific engine management software complements and optimises these changes, with the uprated torque converter and solenoids in the eight speed gearbox ensuring progress is smooth, effortless and reliable. ALPINA have re-engineered the adaptive suspension with D3-specific spring rates and Bilstein dampers, calibrated for an extra-cossetting ride in Comfort and even sharper handling in Sport. All modes however are superbly resolved and lend the D3 the long distance comfort of a luxury limousine combined with a deftness of handling usually associated with Italian exotica.
The D3 appeals to the head as well as the heart, easily managing over 40mpg (officially 52.3), emits just 139g/km of CO2, while strong residuals make for a very attractive total cost of ownership. Not bad for a spacious estate that will accelerate to 62mph in 4.6 seconds and exceed 170mph…
For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact Gary Lott on 0115 934 1414.