BMW hasn’t presented the new M5 yet, but you can have its twin sibling soon – Alpina has taken the wraps off the all-new B5 Bi-Turbo, which comes with an exclusive perk, because you can have it as a wagon as well.
We know the official M5 lettering will remain affixed to the sedan body but Alpina has no problems throwing massive power to a practical body style. Elegance and understatement have always been keen expressions of Alpina models, so the B5 doesn’t disappoint with the switch to the new generation brought by the official revamp of the 5 Series. Everything Alpina is still there – multi-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels with blue brake calipers, as well as very subtle aero body kit. Exclusive Alpina Blue and Alpina Green metallic paints come at €2,411 each but are mandatory and owners can optionally add silver or gold strips – while the additional air inlet of the front apron is adorned with the “Alpina” lettering in different hues.
The midsize premium model’s interior features standard Nappa leather upholstery, four-zone climate control system and, Alpina’s own steering wheel design with blue/green stitching. There are also numerous perks – from illuminated door sills to an individual production plaque. More importantly, under the hood resides an Alpina-tuned biturbo V8 4.4-liter engine packing 608 horsepower (447 kilowatts) and a massive 800 Newton-meters (590 pound-feet) of torque – linked to the all-wheel-drive system via the ubiquitous eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
The sedan will fly to 62 mph (100 kph) in 3.5 seconds, while the slightly heavier wagon will need an extra tenth of a second. Maximum speed for the sedan is written at 205 mph (330 kph), while the more practical Touring caps at 202 mph (325 kph). Prices kick off in Germany from €94,118 for the sedan and €96,891 for the wagon, but beware – these are both before tax.