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Alpina updates super-saloon and estate in line with 2020 5 Series, available in 613bhp petrol and 342bhp diesel forms

Alpina has refreshed its range of BMW 5 Series-based performance models to coincide with the base car's mid-life update

The new B5 and D5 S saloons and estates are available to order now, with first deliveries due in October. UK prices have yet to be confirmed, but the B5 saloon is priced from around £105,000 in Europe.

The headline upgrade for the B5 over the outgoing model is a power boost. Based on the M550i, the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 has been taken to 613bhp, up from the old car's 600bhp, with 590lb ft of torque. That translates to a 0-62mph time of 3.4sec (3.6sec for the estate) and a 205mph top speed (200mph for the estate). The extra power comes from an ECU retune and an improved cooling system with enlarged intercoolers. 

The D5 S also benefits from a power upgrade, rising from 322bhp to 342bhp partly thanks to the installation of a 48V mild-hybrid system. Torque is up from 516lb ft to 538lb ft, too. Two-tenths are shaved off the 0-62mph time, down to 4.8sec, while a 171mph top speed results. 

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The B5 and D5 S again feature the same range of chassis upgrades as before. This includes electronically controlled dampers, stiffer springs and upgraded brakes, with four-piston fixed calipers at the front and single-piston floating calipers at the rear. 

The B5 features an electromechanical rear-wheel steering system, aimed at improving around-town manoeuvrability while also aiding high-speed stability. Touring models retain the self-levelling rear axle air suspension as the standard 5 Series. 

The aesthetic changes reflect that of the 2020 5 Series, too, with front intakes enlarged by 40% to improve cooling, redesigned lights front and rear and a new rear bumper. The trademark multi-spoke Alpina wheels are retained, alongside quad tailpipes for both variants. 

Upgrades to the interior include a hand-stitched leather wheel and numbered plaque on the dashboard. The upgraded infotainment system features, as does a 12.3in digital instrument display with bespoke Alpina graphics.


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martin_66 11 June 2020


It's about, damn, time!!!! 

Can you imagine the indignity of going down the pub and admitting that your Alpina B5 only had 600 bhp?

Peter Cavellini 11 June 2020


martin_66 wrote:

It's about, damn, time!!!! 

Can you imagine the indignity of going down the pub and admitting that your Alpina B5 only had 600 bhp?

600bhp?, yep, I'll take it!

Peter Cavellini 10 June 2020

A bit more umplh.

 A tarted up BMW?, well, no, look at them as a more honed BMW, I'd even say Alpina got the bodywork right.