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2010-06-18 08:18

Alpina’s B5 Bi-Turbo, the M5 alternative for discerning premium performance sedan buyers. Won’t be as quick as the F10 M5, more exclusive and stylish though.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Alpina
Model B5 Bi-Turbo
Engine 4.4l bi-turbo V8
Power 368kW
Fabled BMW brand performance specialist Alpina will debut its very swift B5 Bi-Turbo version of the latest 5 Series at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in two weeks time.

The Bucloe-based concern has been racing BMW products for nearly four decades and has enjoyed German TUF recognition as a manufacturer since 1983. In this time Alpina has built its reputation around a portfolio of tasteful styling and trim upgrades, backed by impeccably engineered technical modifications.

Set to make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival in early July is the company’s latest creation, a B5 Bi-Turbo – which is Aplina’s take on what a F10 M5 alternative should offer.

Fast, yet subtle - classic Alpina

Although Alpina’s kept the B5 Bi-Turbo well hidden from public view during its development cycle, the company has now released a conceptual sketch to get BMW fans revved up with expectation for the car’s Goodwood debut.

In terms of styling modifications the B5 concept sketch details classic Alpina multi-spoke turbine design alloy wheels and a neat new front bumper design, incorporating some trick air-flow management bits.

Mechanically, the B5 Bi-Turbo should boost BMW’s reverse-port flow 4.4l bi-turbo V8 from 300- to 368kW. Although the B5’s 68kW power gain is impressive, it remains well shy of the M-division SUVs output of 408kW and BMW’s predicted M5 peak power figure of 425kW.

We are not quite sure which niche the B5 Bi-Turbo is being marketed at, yet Alpina’s products have always successfully navigated the premium performance sedan market – despite not always being statistically superior to BMW’s M-division offerings.

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