Can’t wait for BMW to introduction its new M5? Well, semi-official 2018 BMW tuner Alpina has just dropped its own mallet based on the latest 5-Series.
Yes, the latest 5-Series has produced its Alpina B5 variant which once again sports a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8, 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. It’s also being offered once again in either sedan or wagon body styles.
Peak output matches the 600 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque of the earlier B5’s Edition 50 model, though the lighter weight of the latest 5-Series’ CLAR platform should recover the presentation and handling. Alpina quotes a 0-62 mph time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph.
Beyond the punchy powerplant, you get all the signature Alpina styling signs as well as a cabin lined in top shelf trim choices. These include Nappa leather, real wood spanning the dash, and a custom tool cluster. You also get a custom Alpina sports steering wheel.
The previous B5 was not ever traded in the United States and there’s a good accidental this new one won’t come, either. The reason is struggle with the M5 as well as the new M550i xDrive M Performance. That’s a shame. In any case we still get its B7 big brother