Diesel doesn’t have to be slow, at least when Alpina BMWs are concerned

No one said green cars had to be slow.

Legendary BMW tuner Alpina has come up with what it claims is the world’s fastest diesel production car.

Say hello to the D3 Bi-Turbo.

Like all of Alpina’s cars, the D3 starts life as a stock BMW, in this case a (European-market) 330d with a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-six.

However, while the stock 330d produces a healthy 258 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque, the D3 chucks out 350 hp and 516 lb-ft.

That’s enough to get this diesel luxury sedan to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds, and on to a top speed of 173 mph. Alpina says that makes its creation the fastest diesel production car…in the world.

It at least beats Alpina’s own XD3 Bi-Turbo, which does 0-62 mph in 4.9 seconds and tops out at 157 mph. That vehicle uses a similar engine to the D3, but is based on the BMW X3 crossover.

In addition to accomplishing space-time-continuum-warping feats of acceleration, the D3 will also get 53.2 mpg on the European combined cycle, Alpina says.

Like other Alpinas, the D3 isn’t a stripped-out track special; all of the BMW luxuries remain in place; it even has an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Exterior modifications are limited to a few subtle body tweaks, including the signature 19-inch Alpina wheels. Overall, the D3 is a very different type of performance car.

Alpina prefers subtlety in its cars, and isn’t afraid to build cars that are laid back and easier to live with. A diesel model fits that mission perfectly. The D3 won’t be the best track-day weapon, but who wouldn’t enjoy cruising along on a wave of low-end torque?

The D3 will be available as a sedan or wagon for about $74, 993 and $79,785, respectively, at current exchange rates. Alpina has not said whether it will bring the D3 to the United States.

Cars

BMW’s 2020 M340i will show off mix of tech and luxury at the Los Angeles show

The 2020 3 Series represents the seventh generation of BMW's bread-and-butter luxury sedan. Where previous generations emphasized the driving experience, the 2020 3 Series focuses more on tech than ever before.
Cars

Born to run (forever): The most reliable cars you can buy right now

We all dread the thought of our car turning into a money pit, but choosing a dependable vehicle from the start can help us rack up countless care-free miles. Here, we've rounded up some of the most reliable cars available.
Cars

Our favorite fuel-efficient cars are as frugal as they are fun

You don't need to opt for a hybrid or an all-electric ride in order to achieve good fuel economy. These vehicles pack both performance and style, whether you're in the market for a luxury sedan or a game-changing pickup truck.
Cars

From Rolls-Royce to Lamborghini, these are the most expensive cars in the world

If you recently discovered an oil reserve in your backyard, you probably have some extra cash to spend. Look no further, because we’ve rounded up the most expensive cars in the world.
Cars

Prep your car for the coming snow and sleet with these cold weather tips

Driving in the winter, whether downtown or across the country, is rarely easy. Luckily, we've put together a quick rundown of a few things you should do to winterize your car before the snow officially hits.
Digital Trends Live

DT Daily: Waymo’s driverless cars, ‘Fallout 76’ tips, and Racella

In today's episode of DT Daily, we discuss Waymo's foray into the ridesharing sector, along with various tips for making the most of the recently launched Fallout 76. We also sit down with singer Racella to chat about her new EP, Waves.
Cars

Many adults believe fully self-driving cars are already traversing U.S. highways

The American Automobile Association tested cars with features such as lane-keeping and adaptive cruise control and found them lacking in real-world conditions. Forty percent of surveyed U.S. adults think self-driving cars exist now.
Cars

Want to keep connected on the road? Here are 5 ways to add Bluetooth to your car

The best way to make an old ride feel young again is to bring it up speed with the 21st century. Here's how to properly add Bluetooth to your vehicle, via independent kits, vehicle adapters, or aftermarket head units.
Cars

Jeep’s outdoorsy Gladiator pickup truck bares it all ahead of schedule

Jeep will introduce the long-promised Wrangler-based pickup truck at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Named Gladiator, the model was designed to conquer the great outdoors, not for the construction site.
Cars

The hamster-friendly 2020 Kia Soul will rock out at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Kia has released a teaser image to preview the next Soul. Scheduled to make its debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2020 Soul will keep the outgoing model's boxy proportions but it will wear a sharper design.
Cars

2020 Toyota Corolla sedan aims to offer sharper handling, better tech

The 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan gets the same upgrades as the recently-introduced Corolla hatchback, including a firmer foundation, new engine, and more tech features. Will that be enough to keep the long-lived Corolla nameplate relevant?
Cars

Startup Rivian exits stealth mode with a bold promise to electrify off-roaders

Electric car startup Rivian has finally turned off stealth mode and provided details about what it's been working on since 2009. It will build battery-powered off-roaders instead of taking on Tesla and others in the luxury EV segment.
Cars

Honda will squeeze another model into its SUV lineup at the Los Angeles show

Honda will introduce a new SUV with a familiar nameplate at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show. It envisioned the 2019 Passport as a five-seater alternative to the eight-seater Pilot. The two models will share a platform and many tech features.
Cars

Uber rolls out rewards program that lets its most loyal riders lock in prices

Uber launched a new loyalty program today called Uber Rewards. It offers frequent riders credits to Uber Eats, car upgrades, and the ability to lock in prices on their most traveled routes.