Americans are just starting to dip their toes into the diesel-powered car market again, but over in Europe oil-burners have been big business for decades. Whole tuning shops are dedicated to turning turbodiesels into torque monsters, and BMW specialist Alpina may be preparing a 350 horsepower, all-wheel drive BMW 335d.
The new Alpina D3 is said to make use of the BMW 335d’s inline-six twin turbocharged diesel engine, which from the factory makes a respectable 265 horsepower and 410 ft-lbs of torque. This is a big step up from the previous Alpina D3, which transplanted the 204 horsepower 2.0 liter turbodiesel into the 335d body.
This move to a bigger engine means bigger power gains, with Alpina reportedly able to turn 350 horsepower and a stump-pulling 516 ft-lbs of torque. This should help motivate the big sedan from 0 to 60 mph in less than five seconds, making me once again jealous of Europe’s engine offerings. Expect impressive fuel economy in addition to excellent performance, though I doubt it will come anywhere close to the bizzare 81 mpg Alpina BMW from the early 1980s.
While the Alpina D3 is expected to debut next month at the Frankfurt Auto Show, it will likely remain a European-only model. Even though BMW seems intent on bringing many more diesel engine options to customers in America, including the all-new BMW 328d, for now tuning houses like Alpina will focus on the markets they know and trust.