With a facelift, the latest Alpina 5 Series looks even prettier.
The 2021 BMW 5 Series Sedan was just unveiled, showing off a new facelift with updated engines and improved interior technology. A facelifted M5 is coming soon as well but before it arrives, Alpina has decided to reveal its take on the updated 5er.
Introducing the 2021 BMW Alpina B5 and D5 S, both of which are available as either a sedan or a wagon. The 5 Series wagon is forbidden fruit in the United States and seeing it in beautiful Alpina guise only makes our yearning for the long-roof model even stronger. If you're unfamiliar with Alpina's naming convention, the B5 is a gasoline model while the D5 S uses a diesel engine. Neither model will be sold in the US but the engine out of the B5 could eventually make its way into an Alpina version of the 8 Series Gran Coupe.
This latest B5 is powered by BMW's ubiquitous 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8, which has been tuned to produce 613 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the current M5 Competition, the B5 produces four fewer horsepower but 37 more lb-ft of torque going out to all-wheel-drive through an eight-speed automatic transmission. 0-60 mph in the sedan takes 3.4 seconds while the wagon stretches that time to 3.6 seconds. The sedan tops out at 205 mph while the wagon is still capable of doing 200 mph.
The D5 S isn't nearly as powerful with its 3.0-liter tri-turbo inline-six diesel engine. But it still produces a healthy 402 hp with the same 590 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 takes a second longer than the B5 and the top speeds are reduced to 178 mph for the sedan and 176 mph for the wagon. Since none of these models will be offered in the US, it doesn't make much sense to translate their European prices. Hopefully, some of this Alpina goodness will make its way to the US via the 8 Series Gran Coupe.