|Review:||The ALPINA D3 does 145mph. And 600 miles on a tank. Steve Sutcliffe is impressed, even though his Nectar account has taken a nosedive.|
ALPINA has serious presence
Power band is pretty narrow compared with other cars, but we're getting used to it as the miles go by.
Boot is of a reasonably decent size, but it's not as big as I've been used to of late.
Not that much standard equipment, but at £26,995 it still seems like reasonable value.
Seats are of the firm but comfortable variety, but they look a little bit too plain, which is a pity.
Steering wheel is genuine ALPINA item; feels great in the hands and comes with the traditional coloured stitching.
Fuel consumption is hovering around 38mpg mark, which gives a real-world range of over 600 miles.
Love the way the D3 looks; people think it's the new M3 - until they see this little word on the front splitter.
Wheels and tyres
19inch wheels and Michelin Sport 2 tyres look sensational and don't ruin the ALPINA's ride in any way.
Silver D3 Saloon reg: FJ56 CKC