Revised Alpina B5, D5 S revealed
Alpina has refreshed its range of BMW 5 Series-based performance models-petrol B5 and diesel D5 S-to match the mid-life update of the base car. The updated models are set to go on sale in the coming months in international markets
Over the outgoing model, the headline upgrade for the Alpina B5 is a power boost. Based on the M550i, the power of the 4.4 liters twin-turbo V8 is now at 622hp, up from the 608hp of the old car, with a torque of 800Nm. That translates into a 3.4sec (3.6sec for the estate) time of 0-100kph and a top speed of 330kph (322kph for the property). The extra power comes from an ECU replacement and an improved refrigeration system with enlarged intercoolers.
The Alpina D5 S also benefits from a power boost, which has risen from 326hp to 347hp in part due to the installation of a 48V mild hybrid. Torque also climbs from 700Nm to 730Nm. Two-tenths are shaved off the 0-100kph time, down to 4.8sec and a peak speed of 275kph.
The Alpina B5 and D5 S are having the same set of updates to the chassis as before. This includes electronically controlled dampers, stiffer springs, and upgraded brakes, with front-fixed four-piston calipers, and rear-floating single-piston calipers.
The Alpina B5 features an electromechanical rear-wheel steering system, which is designed to improve maneuverability across the city while also assisting stability at high speeds. Touring models retain the regular 5 Series self-leveling rear axle air suspension.
The aesthetic changes also reflect that of the 2020 5 Series, with front intakes expanded by 40% to improve the cooling, redesigned front and rear lights and a new rear bumper. The trademark Alpina multi-spoke wheels are retained for both variants, along with quad tailpipes.
Interior upgrades include a hand-stitched leather wheel and a numbered dashboard plaque. The upgraded infotainment system features, as does a 12.3-inch digital instrument display with Alpina graphics tailored to your needs.
BMW is scheduled to introduce the regular 5 Series facelift in India in 2021 while the Alpina models will not be available in India.