The temptation proved too attractive to pass. And Alpina basically admits that:
"Besides the core competence of developing a small but fine selection of exclusive [...] automobiles [...], Alpina is also in a position of responding to very specific customer demands."So an SUV is not part of the core of Alpina - but hey, people buy these things in huge numbers, so here you go. All the rest of the statement reads similar, nearly defensive and saying "sorry, fans, it is a new world, get used to it". The owner and CEO Bovensiepen is basically confirming that in their Alpina promotion.
What did they do? Alpina transplanted the superb V6 Bi-Turbo D5 Diesel engine (remember this post) into the X3, add a few Alpina design spices inside and out - et voilà, the first Alpina truck: hello BMW Alpina XD3 Biturbo. And it does sound good for a Diesel, check the video below.
Alpina, we forgive you. People will buy the XD3, no doubt. The money is too good. But please, Mr Bovensiepen, what about a 5 GT Alpina? (I know, it is probably a bit late for that one). Or what about the new 3 GT? And of course the 4 door coupes, the 1, 2, 4 series and 6 Gran Coupe (which really makes much more sense than a similar M6)... I wonder how many models Alpina could digest and which ones they pick? They certainly could do with a few more. At least the B3 Biturbo including the estate is already out.
for life style people:
for true enthousiasts:
oh, and dear Alpinistas, get rid of that background music or at least lower the volume.