Behold the M5 wagon BMW stubbornly refuses to build.
If you’re looking for a high performance German wagon, the Mercedes-AMG E63 will serve you well. If, however, you’re looking for a BMW M5 wagon, we’re afraid you’re out of luck. BMW hasn’t built an M5 wagon since the E61 generation model in 2007, and it has no plans to convert the current-generation M5. This offering from Alpina, however, could be the next best thing, though there's little chance it will be sold in the US, sadly. Behold the new 200 mph Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo, which is being hailed as the world’s fastest production station wagon.
Like the new G30 Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo, the wagon version packs a twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V8 that sends 608 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic. Alpina also claims that up to 90 percent of the torque can be sent to the rear axle. 0-62 mph is achieved in 3.5 seconds, while the wagon’s top speed is “beyond 200 mph.” The sedan version of the Alpina B5 is 0.1 seconds quicker off the line and tops out at 205 mph. For comparison, the all-new BMW M5 accelerates from 0-62 mph in 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 190 mph. Essentially, then, this is the M5 performance wagon that BMW stubbornly refuses to build.
“Our cars are for driving enthusiasts who value a blend of qualities that can only be delivered by immense attention to detail and a single-minded focus on one type of owner,” Alpina’s Jonathan Noy explained. “The B5 Bi-Turbo is built with just one powertrain and one chassis specification, which allows our engineers to calibrate every component and every control system to work perfectly together without compromise. Alpina’s dynamics specialists have spent months honing the chassis, not hurling it around a race track but simply driving as customers would, on roads, enjoying every mile however fast or slow. The result is a pin-sharp driving experience combined with remarkable ride quality.”
Active Rear Steering has also been incorporated into the B5 Bi-Turbo, which enhances the steering response by turning the rear wheels up to 2.5 degrees the opposite way at low speeds and the same way at higher speeds. The new model also features active roll stabilization, bespoke front wishbones and lightweight 20-inch forged alloys wrapped in Pirelli P-Zeros developed specifically for the model. Despite the addition of four-wheel drive and other advanced new systems, the new B5 Bi-Turbo weighs around 30 kg less than the previous generation model which is an impressive feat. Inside, the new B5 Bi-Turbo can be tailored with a near limitless range of options and leather trims.
Standard equipment inside the hand-crafted interior includes Nappa leather, ceramic-finish control surfaces, Alpina roundels on the seat backs and a rear-view camera. Prices for the new Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo start at £89,000 ($120,366) in the UK, while the Touring wagon version starts at £91,000 ($123,071). Deliveries are slated to start in March and there’s also no production cap.