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The Alpina XD3 is a 158mph diesel SUV

Alpina XD3 gets 330bhp, 0-62 in sub 5 secs and wheels with MANY SPOKES

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Gotta love an Alpina. Even the diesel-y, SUV-y ones like the new Alpina XD3, which will make its debut at next week’s Geneva motor show. Besides the fantastically kerbable multi-spoke alloys, quad-exhausts and schporty bumpers, Alpina has handed this mid-sized crossover a 330bhp, twin-turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine, giving 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 158mph.

Which sounds great – until you find out in left-hand drive markets the XD3 gets a QUAD-turbo diesel with 384bhp and enough torque to move the moon a few feet closer to Earth. We’re not taking it personally. Honest.

An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels in both versions, and there’s an ‘active’ limited-slip diff on the rear-axle. That gearbox, the all-wheel drive system and adjustable dampers all get Alpina-specific tuning. Prices are to be announced, but Brits will be able to order from the second quarter of this year.

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