You've got to 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 International Motor Show. Besides the fantastic multi-spoke alloys, quad-exhausts and sporty bumpers, Alpina has handed this midsize crossover a 330hp, twin-turbocharged V6 diesel engine, giving 0-100kph in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 254kph.
Which sounds great--until you find out that in left-hand drive markets the XD3 gets a quad-turbo diesel with 384hp 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.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.