As elegant and understated as ever, the B5 Bi-Turbo has reached a new generation based on the latest BMW 5 Series. Everything you like about Alpina is still here; from those fantastic multi-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels with blue brake calipers to the subtle aerodynamic body kit lending the midsize saloon and wagon with a timeless design.
Exclusive Alpina Blue and Alpina Green metallic paints serve as the icing on the cake at €2,411 each (around £2,100) and buyers can optionally order the new B5 with silver or gold strips. As a final touch on the outside, the additional air inlet of the front apron is adorned with the “Alpina” lettering available in multiple colours.
The discreet theme continues inside the luxurious cabin where the midsize premium models come as standard with Nappa leather upholstery, four-zone climate control system and Alpina’s own steering wheel design with blue/green stitching. The list of standard goodies is quite extensive, as it includes everything from illuminated door sills to an individual production plaque. To spice things up, clients get to pick from two different wood trims and a piano lacquer finish adorning some of the areas.
Underneath the bonnet resides an Alpina-tuned biturbo V8 4.4-litre engine delivering 608hp and a massive 590lb ft of torque to an all-wheel-drive system through an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
Go for the saloon and the sprint to 62mph will take only 3.5 seconds, whereas the slightly heavier estate will need an extra tenth of a second to accomplish the same task. In terms of top speed, the saloon is unsurprisingly the fastest of the bunch as it will max out at 205mph, while its more practical counterpart will “only” do 202mph.
The saloon can be yours for a cool €94,118 (£81,600) in Germany where the wagon begins at €96,891 (£84,000), with both prices before tax. Those willing to fork out more money can add a plethora of pricey options, such as a limited-slip differential (€2,773 - £2,400), high-performance brakes (€1,495 - £1,300), and a head-up display (€1,000 - £870), just to name a few.
Those who would rather have the M5 should know it’s going to be introduced most likely at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, but bear in mind BMW is going to sell it exclusively as a sedan.