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New BMW Alpina flagship produces 625bhp and 626lb ft of torque from a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre petrol V8

Alpina has revealed its latest ultra-limited model, which will go on sale as the most powerful yet produced by the Buchloe-based firm. 

The new BMW Alpina B5 GT, which is on sale now from €145,500 and available in both saloon and Touring estate bodystyles, is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine producing 625bhp and 626lb ft of torque. 

It surpasses the BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coupé and the BMW Alpina XB7 SUV, both of which produce 612bhp and 590lb ft. The standard B5 produces an already eye-watering 612bhp. 

The saloon can boast a 0-62mph sprint of just 3.4sec, while the Touring accelerates to the same figure in 3.6sec.

Power is managed by a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. 

Alpina says the increase in power over the standard B5 is down to optimised air intakes and updates to engine software and boost pressures.

Other changes include bolstered handling thanks to front-end reinforcement with a new dome-bulkhead strut and optimised roll support. 

The B5 GT sits on a set of 20in forged wheels with Brembo brake discs, measuring 395x36mm at the front and 398x28 mm at the rear. 

Its interior is finished with Nappa or Merino leather, walnut wood trim and B5 GT lettering. The sports seats are said to improve lateral support and gain Alcantara centres to improve comfort. A digital instrument panel sits behind the steering wheel. 

Each car also gains a unique stainless-steel production plaque attached to the centre console, while the engine bay displays the model’s production number.

Other standard kit includes a heated steering wheel, a Harman Kardon surround-sound system and Anthracite roof lining.

The B5 GT is limited to just 250 examples, with order books open now. Alpina said deliveries will start in July. 


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martin_66 24 January 2023
It’s about time they did this. The 608 hp that the previous model was just sooooo last year.
Just Saying 24 January 2023
And yet identical to the M5 CS which I'd opt for. That said, the one with Alpina in its name may retain a higher used value, anyone know?
martin_66 24 January 2023

Not 'identical' to the M5 CS.  Alpinas have always had a slightly softer ride than M cars, so if you spend more of your time on public roads than on the Nurburgring an Alpina might well be the better choice.

Just Saying 24 January 2023
I live, I learn. Good insight Martin. Thank you.
martin_66 24 January 2023

The M5 CS would still be a cracking choice though.  Just watch out for all the ubiquitous potholes with that "M" suspension!

Just Saying 24 January 2023
... And yet almost identicle to the M5 CS, which I'd opt for. That said, will an Alpina hold its value more than the 'regular' CS?