Alpina's hot B5 will be joined by a 400bhp D5 version based on BMW's 550d

The 2017 Alpina B5 has made its world debut at the Geneva motor show with a 600bhp twin-turbo V8.

Both saloon and Touring versions of the hot 5 Series variant will use BMW’s 4.4-litre unit, which also outputs 590lb ft of torque. The new car accelerates from 0-62mph in 4.2sec and tops out at 204mph.

That performance will rank the new Alpina close to the next M5, which is predicted to produce around 600bhp.

BMW won't be producing an M5 Touring, so the B5 Touring will be the hottest estate on offer in the new BMW 5 Series range.

The petrol V8-powered B5 will be joined by a more fuel-efficient diesel-engined equivalent called the D5, which is yet to be shown. This will also be available as a saloon or estate and will most likely have a turbocharged straight-six engine with around 400bhp and close to 600lb ft.

The unit will be a developed version of the six-cylinder powerplant used in the new BMW 5 Series 550d, which produces 395bhp and 560lb ft.

As a result, the Alpina D5 is expected to have a sub-five-second 0-62mph time as well as combined fuel economy of around 50mpg.

Both the B5 and D5 have Alpina's own exterior styling and familiar multi-spoke wheels. Performance-honed suspension and gearbox settings will also give the two hot estates sharper responses than those of BMW’s regular estate offerings.

UK pricing is yet to be confirmed, but a starting figure close to £100,000 is expected for the B5 models. The D5 will likely be closer to £60,000 when it arrives.

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1 August 2016
... if the new B5 will come here. The current B5 isn't, nor is the 550i available as an estate here.

19 October 2016
As is often seen on Youtube there are M5's running a whole lot more than 600bhp,whether they last is another question,anyway,so there's a B5,an M5 with the limiter removed,big deal!,more bucks for er a higher topspeed?

Peter Cavellini.

20 February 2017
What's with the camo? It's not like we don't know what the body shape is going to look like...

20 February 2017
[quote=Johnny English]What's with the camo? It's not like we don't know what the body shape is going to look like...[/quote] Camo may once have been used as camo but increasingly seems to be used for the opposite effect - to attract attention. I even saw some used in my local BMW dealer for that purpose.

21 February 2017
Not that it's a great format for classic handling but such is the surfeit of torque of that tri-turbo motor surely Alpina will now use the X-drive system as standard ? Why, especially if you're speccing the Touring version, would you want to stuff 800+ Nm through 2 rear tyres ?


21 February 2017
Don't worry, BB, the Alpinas will all be available in X Drive.Even a B3 /B4 Allrad is available-the X drive M3/M4 BMW resists making.Sadly they are not available in NA,but the B5 will be .happily. So the choice is a modified 340i x drive M Performance for us,M3 wouldn't get out of the driveway for months of the year [here in Northern Canada] New M5 X Drive and the B5 are going to be a great comparison,but the sleeper is going to be the D5 X drive which that HUGE torque.An Alpina D3 Touring Allrad [X drive] is probably the best all round practical vehicle for UK, BAR NONE,and to hell with an SUV!


21 February 2017
OOPS "with that HUGE torque"


24 March 2017
Perhaps the Alpina should be faster than an M5? The purpose? Should be a faster and even better version than BMW M divisions vehicles.

That points towards the future for Munich? Lightweight. A bit further up in the power range and so forth.

A little bit as Ruf Porsche's with the CTR models.


26 March 2017
Depends,if your considering this Car,then we could assume that you have the disposable to afford something tasty for the Weekend and i'm not talking about a Pizza!,i am not going to say there's nothing better than a BMW because there obviously is,but if this is your daily driver(lucky you!),do you really need something faster.......?

Peter Cavellini.

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