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For a long time diesel engines only played a marginal role in the passenger car segment. Lethargic, unrefined, noisy and not particularly clean – just some of the attributes of early oil burners. As a result, it was painfully difficult to imagine their application in a premium, luxury or sports car even fifteen years ago. Even more incredible then, the impressive metamorphosis into a popular high-tech power plant – powerful, high in torque and very efficient.

In 1998 Andreas Bovensiepen, together with Stuck, Menzel and Duez, won the 24h Nürburgring at the wheel of a BMW 320 diesel engined race car – which was certainly unconventional at the time. This success provided the impetus for ALPINA to start the development of a high performance version of the BMW 3 litre in line six cylinder diesel engine utilising two turbochargers. The result was phenomenal: the D10 Bi-Turbo, on basis of the BMW 5 Series, held the record for the fastest production diesel saloon for many years! Especially long distance drivers valued the unique combination of excellent handling, brilliant comfort and long cruising range.

With the support of BMW’s diesel competence and the rapid advance in diesel technology altogether, ALPINA developed a modified 2 litre in line four cylinder diesel engine. Introduced in 2005, it was ALPINA’s first foray into the diesel segment on the basis of the BMW 3 Series. Hereby ALPINA opened its doors to an entirely new customer group and demonstrated, that not only maximum performance, but the finely balanced and harmonious automobile in its entirety, is a successful recipe made in Buchloe, Germany.


The new D5 Bi-Turbo continues the legacy of its predecessors with brilliant dynamics, outstanding performance and maximum efficiency. It is the new benchmark for high performance diesels!