Fast 3 Series Showdown: M3 vs Alpina D3

by Bimmerfest.com Member - RDL53 on July 25, 2014, 4:30 pm
Autocar gets their hands on two very fast versions of the BMW 3 Series: the 425 horsepower BMW M3 and the 345 horsepower Alpina D3 Diesel. Which is the better choice to satisfy your need for speed: the M3, lighter and more horsepower or the D3, a ridiculous torque monster with a bit of added weight? Have a look at what Autocar found out when they put these two 3 Series head to head.




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10 responses to Fast 3 Series Showdown: M3 vs Alpina D3

tturedraider commented:
July 25, 2014, 5:00 pm

That was really good. As he says, personal preference. Alpina has always been about a kind of refined brutishness and ///M cars about more of a raw brutishness. Which probably explains why BMWNA sells ///M cars here, but not Alpinas (excepting the B7, which, of course, has no ///M version).
3ismagic# commented:
July 25, 2014, 7:37 pm

Wish we could get the B3 and D3 here in the US.


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Pappy Pipes commented:
July 25, 2014, 7:51 pm

Great comparison! Prefer M3's looks and D3's driving characteristics.
dunderhi commented:
July 25, 2014, 10:18 pm

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Originally Posted by tturedraider View Post
That was really good. As he says, personal preference. Alpina has always been about a kind of refined brutishness and ///M cars about more of a raw brutishness. Which probably explains why BMWNA sells ///M cars here, but not Alpinas (excepting the B7, which, of course, has no ///M version).
The times are a changing. This Fall both the M6 GC and the Alpina B6 xDrive will both be sold in the States. I would assume this is BMW's response to AMG's AWD offerings.
bleschins commented:
April 19, 2016, 10:25 pm

Agreeing with some of the posts in this thread... (I know I'm way late here). What is preventing BMW from bringing other Alpina models into the U.S. market, particularly the D3 and D4. Is it the government? The diesel sedan stigma? My next car is almost certainly going to be a 328d xDrive, but I'd rather have a D3 or D4 any day. The current daily driver gets horrific mileage and I want something more efficient that I can be lead-footed with (and still get respectable fuel economy) as I return home from college. Most of the miles I do at home are on the highway. Any input on this would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Side note on this -- almost bought a 335d, but the financials weren't lining up
tturedraider commented:
April 19, 2016, 10:28 pm

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Originally Posted by bleschins View Post
Agreeing with some of the posts in this thread... (I know I'm way late here). What is preventing BMW from bringing other Alpina models into the U.S. market, particularly the D3 and D4. Is it the government? The diesel sedan stigma? My next car is almost certainly going to be a 328d xDrive, but I'd rather have a D3 or D4 any day. The current daily driver gets horrific mileage and I want something more efficient that I can be lead-footed with (and still get respectable fuel economy) as I return home from college. Most of the miles I do at home are on the highway. Any input on this would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Side note on this -- almost bought a 335d, but the financials weren't lining up
Diesel stigma and the Alpina price point. Americans would never buy them and there aren't enough of us.
bleschins commented:
April 19, 2016, 10:34 pm

It's a damn shame. If only there could be like a European delivery program and then the car would be fine for U.S. roads.
jjrandorin commented:
April 19, 2016, 11:46 pm

@Op thanks for posting this! Just watched it via youtube on the tv with my wife. Came away pretty darn impressed with the D3 but i know we cant have it here. It was interesting hearing and seeing the comparison.

I personally did not like the sound of the D3, but it was very much a "luxury" car or "limousine" as he mentioned.
bleschins commented:
April 20, 2016, 12:22 am

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it was very much a "luxury" car or "limousine" as he mentioned.
That is exactly why I like it. There's a nice amount of performance, but it's not a full-out sports car like the M models. After seeing all of the videos on the D3 and D4, it seems like the perfect highway cruiser. The criteria for me when it comes to selecting a car that I know I'll be happy with for the long haul has the following criteria (not necessarily in order): 1) luxury, 2) performance, 3) fuel economy, 4) safety, and 5) comfort.
BlackBmw13 commented:
April 21, 2016, 11:03 pm

Ty for sharing