It whitethorn dependable a small weird to our American assemblage but there’s a marketplace for show diesel-powered vehicles successful Europe. Automakers similar BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi support producing ample displacement diesel mills for immoderate of their models, and Alpina, BMW’s in-house tuning firm, offers immoderate of the fastest compression ignition models successful the world. Among them is the XD3, which is simply a quad-turbo diesel SUV monster.
The speedy household conveyance was refreshed successful the summertime of 2021 and presently is 1 of the quickest accelerating diesel SUVs connected the planet. Under the hood, there’s a 3.0-liter inline-six diesel motor with 4 turbochargers. Its highest output reaches 389 horsepower (290 kilowatts) and 590 pound-feet (800 Newton-meters) of torque, channeled to each 4 wheels done an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The XD3 – unneurotic with its coupe-SUV sibling XD4 – tin deed 62 miles per hr (100 kilometers per hour) from a standstill successful conscionable 4.6 seconds. On paper, the apical velocity is 166 mph (267 kph). These are beauteous awesome stats for a diesel-powered SUV – but tin it really execute them successful real-world conditions? Let’s find out.
Our friends and colleagues astatine AutoTopNL precocious had the accidental to thrust an Alpina XD3 from the facelifted mentation of the model. Unfortunately, this isn’t an Autobahn apical velocity test, though we get to spot the diesel SUV execute a 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) acceleration trial with motorboat control. As acold arsenic we tin tell, the instrumentality really achieves what the automaker promises – astir 4.5 seconds to deed the 62-mph (100-kph) mark.
In lawsuit you don’t privation an overly analyzable diesel motor with 4 turbochargers, Alpina besides sells the XD3 successful Europe with a mild-hybrid diesel tech. It is based connected the aforesaid 3.0-liter portion with 2 turbochargers and delivers a highest powerfulness of 350 hp (261 kW) and 538 lb-ft (730 Nm) of torque. It is conscionable somewhat slower to 62 mph (100 kph) with a clip of 4.9 seconds.