What’s Best for You: The BMW M3 or the Alpina D3 Biturbo?

Alpina D3 Biturbo 1 photo
Photo: Alpina
The answer to the question written above the photo of this article might seem pretty obvious at first but I do want your to read it again. It says: what’s best for YOU. That’s right, we’re asking from each person’s point of view.
The thing is, anyone can easily say that the M3 is the one car to go for just by looking at the performance/specs sheet but few people actually spend the time thinking about what would make sense in their lives.

Living with a car like the M3 is a beautiful thing. That’s because it offers stellar levels of performance, the kind you’d get in an older supercar and yet you can live with it day by day. Sure, there are a couple of downsides but compared to anything else on the road, it’s a compelling offer.

The downsides are basically limited to ride harshness, fuel consumption and the DCT transmission that might not be the best choice for your daily drives. What’s the solution then? Well, the Alpina D3 Biturbo might be one.

It’s a car based on the 3 Series but, like all Alpinas, it has some magic imbued in it. The interior uses superior materials and has its own design, the exterior features new aerodynamic parts while the engine and transmission have been massaged to offer more performance.

Unlike the M3, this is a diesel. It’s based on the 335d model but now makes 350 HP and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque. Those figures are staggering and will allow you to rumble with most of the cars on the road these days.

It will do 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in just 4.6 seconds and even faster if you go for xDrive. Unfortunately, the D3 is available with xDrive only in Touring guise. Oh, didn’t I mention that? The Alpina is also available as a Touring model, the miss thing BMW missed out of with the M3.

The fuel consumption will also be significantly lower and traveling for longer distances a lot more comfortable due to the specially tuned suspension of the Alpina. Of course, when on the track, dynamically, the win will go to the M3 but how many times did you actually go to the track?

Therefore, the question remains: the M3 or the D3?

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