British version to get twin- rather than triple-turbo engine; prices to start at around £62,000
Sam Sheehan
12 September 2017

Alpina has launched saloon and estate versions of its D5 S diesel at the Frankfurt motor show.

The D5 S has been fine-tuned for Britain with sharper handling and a lighter set-up than European versions. In order to cater to the UK’s narrower, potted roads, the model has shed 100kg thanks to the use of a twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight-six as opposed to a triple-turbo version offered on the continent.

Alpina GB said it prioritised this more nimble set-up over the additional grunt offered with European cars. The lighter D5 S produces 322bhp and 516lb ft, which is 60bhp and 74lb ft down on Euro-spec cars.

But the UK D5 S get the brand’s Integral Active Steering as standard. This four-wheel steering system is said to boost low speed manoeuvrability and high-speed agility, with Alpina CEO Andreas Bovensiepen claiming it makes the D5 S “feel like a 3 Series” sized car.

It also uses UK-specific Alpina Dynamic Drive electro-mechanical anti-roll technology, which enables softer damping to absorb bumps but minimises body roll in turns. The car sits on the same 20in Alpina Classic wheels as its European cousins.

All four wheels are driven via an eight-speed ZF gearbox, with a quoted 0-62mph time of 4.9sec and top speed of 171mph. This makes the D5 S six-tenths quicker to reach 62mph than BMW’s quickest oil-burning 5 Series, the 530d xDrive, and 16mph quicker than that car’s limited terminal velocity. The D5 S is also claimed to offer 46.3mpg and emits 161g/km of CO2.

The car gets nappa leather-wrapped seats with 20-way adjustability and a 205w 12-speaker sound system. Externally, its design is identical to that of the B5 – its 600bhp petrol sibling (pictured).

Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but the D5 S is expected to start at about £62,000. This is just shy of £10,000 more than BMW’s sportiest diesel 530d, the xDrive M Sport – but the Alpina will be produced in substantially smaller numbers.

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18 August 2017

Totally inaccurate article IMO

a) no chance on earth a five series with 237 bhp will do sub 0-60 times so power is wrong as others have suggested.

b) the dropping of a turbo has absolutely nothing to do with weight savings, that's total PR spin b*****x, it has everything to do with BMW refusing to sell the M550d and M550i models in the U.K. and them not wanting Alpina to clean up the sales on the back of that (somewhat incredulous) decision 

 

 

19 August 2017

Yeah, I think so, if your able to spend £62,000 on just transport, you'd want something a bit better than this, I think the figures are wrong (maybe just a typo?), anyway, this money figure is in M3 territory or even a used M5 or for that matter a lot of interesting Cars, bespoke Cars aren't all that, if they were high street brands would be offering it, plus, Diesel..?, why?, I thought Alpina and the like we're all about Petrol?, any how, it's a silly amount for so so little!

Peter Cavellini.

19 August 2017

I actually don't think it's bad value - a similary equipmed 530d xDrive would probably cost £58k, and looking at the German configurator, their D5 S Saloon is 87,900 EUR and doesn't come with the rear steer or adaptive drive, plus a load of other options, so £4k extra for all the Alpina development seems decent value compared to the German car

20 August 2017
Peter Cavellini wrote:

Yeah, I think so, if your able to spend £62,000 on just transport, you'd want something a bit better than this, I think the figures are wrong (maybe just a typo?), anyway, this money figure is in M3 territory or even a used M5 or for that matter a lot of interesting Cars, bespoke Cars aren't all that, if they were high street brands would be offering it, plus, Diesel..?, why?, I thought Alpina and the like we're all about Petrol?, any how, it's a silly amount for so so little!

ALPINA won the 24 hour Nurbergring race with a diesel and have produce performance diesels for years, as well as petrol.

ALPINA is a car manufacturer, with their own VIN. They just base it on a donor car (as Porsche do for the Macan).

The relevance of an ALPINA performance diesel it that you can do over 500 miles on a single tank, at speed, in comfort and refinement, with great brakes and steering. The torque is addictive. I have owned D5 and D3 - awesome machines.

GuyW

19 August 2017
Dear Peter, I take it you've never driven an Alpina. If you had you would know that the D5 isn't in any way comparable to an M3. The D5 is a refined and rapid GT which provides monumental roll-on acceleration, thanks to its huge torque, whilst sipping fuel and providing a modest CO2 output. It has a cosseting ride with Alpina's excellent suspension control, which handles road imperfections with aplomb.
The M3 is a different beast for a different audience, one that prefers a motorsport feel and a more visceral experience.
In addition to the engineering improvements, the bespoke nature of Alpina's offerings make them feel a cut above standard BMWs and some of us are happy to pay a premium for that.
Alpina does have a rich history of excellent petrol engines but if you haven't tried an Alpina diesel, you really should before dismissing them - prepare to be amazed.

20 August 2017
MarkII wrote:

Dear Peter, I take it you've never driven an Alpina. If you had you would know that the D5 isn't in any way comparable to an M3. The D5 is a refined and rapid GT which provides monumental roll-on acceleration, thanks to its huge torque, whilst sipping fuel and providing a modest CO2 output. It has a cosseting ride with Alpina's excellent suspension control, which handles road imperfections with aplomb. The M3 is a different beast for a different audience, one that prefers a motorsport feel and a more visceral experience. In addition to the engineering improvements, the bespoke nature of Alpina's offerings make them feel a cut above standard BMWs and some of us are happy to pay a premium for that. Alpina does have a rich history of excellent petrol engines but if you haven't tried an Alpina diesel, you really should before dismissing them - prepare to be amazed.

I am on my fourth BMW, all Petrol,my current Car will do about 550 miles before I Chicken out and fill it, it does near as damn it 150 mph and 0 to 60 in about 7secs , now to me that's all that should be needed, it handles well and is quite on the Motorway too,like I say, al that I need, I agree Alpina make wonderful Cars along with BMW M' Cars,this particular model just didn't seem Alpina enough,maybe Autocar got the figures wrong or the Printer got the figures wrong?,and as you say, you enkoy them and are happy to pay a bit more for it.

Peter Cavellini.

20 August 2017

More importantly, we don't know if ALPINA have finally brought an xDrive 5 series to market? That would explain the 100kg weight difference, and they have not been able to do that in the past because their modifications to the car (cooling in particular) is not compatible with the RHD xDrive.

GuyW

21 August 2017

So no touring version either... I give up

21 August 2017

Arcticle updated, so I presume it is now accurate.

In which case, the new 5 series ALPINA is now xDrive, and is 100kg lighter than the old one (though not 100kg lighter than its European counterpart I suspect) which get 388 bhp. And its 20+ bhp down in power on the old D5.

GuyW

21 August 2017

Arcticle updated, so I presume it is now accurate.

In which case, the new 5 series ALPINA is now xDrive, and is 100kg lighter than the old one (though not 100kg lighter than its European counterpart I suspect) which get 388 bhp. And its 20+ bhp down in power on the old D5.

GuyW

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