Everyone who’s calling the end of the diesel era might want to take a second look at Alpina’s latest introduction, the punchy D5 S, heading right now into Frankfurt for its official worldwide premiere.
Of course, the torquetastic engine technology still has numerous fans – just because Dieselgate showcased the weakness/foul play of some automakers, not only the VW Group, but others as well, it doesn’t mean the regular customer has to suffer all the consequences. For example, Alpina is catering to the wishes of affluent customers with its new D5 S that runs on diesel and delivers a throaty soundtrack from the straight-six 3.0-liter engine equipped with a duo of turbochargers. It’s good enough for 326 horsepower (240 kilowatts) and a huge 516 pound-feet (700 Newton-meters) of torque, and for the first time Alpina is going for the AWD setup in the D5 S. The BMW xDrive system has been tweaked by the aftermarket specialist for a more Alpina feel, and they also took a look at the eight-speed sport automatic transmission.
The Alpina D5 Sportdiesel is considered by its creators as one of the quickest production cars in the world to use a diesel engine, hitting 62 mph (100 kph) in just 4.9 seconds and completing the 0-124 mph (0-200 kph) task in a mere 20 seconds. There’s no limiter for the maximum speed, so you’re going to hit 171 mph (275 kph). The new D5 S can be had in sedan and wagon body styles, complete with the typically discrete Alpina tweaks and elegant 20-inch forged wheels that save more than 15 kilograms (33 pounds) over the standard pieces. The tuner from Buchloe, Bavaria also decided to use the same brakes as in the B5 Bi-Turbo, along with a sports exhaust system with a pair of tips on each side.