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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4 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

Quote:
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.