By adding more power, luxury and performance.
Alpina has always done amazing job taking BMW's incredible M cars and increasing power, as well as performance. The tuning company has done it again with the 2016 Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo, which comes in two body styles: sedan and wagon. The latest B5 Bi-Turbo benefits from the 4.4-liter V8 that now produces a whopping 592 hp and 591 lb-ft of torque. That's an increase of 17 hp and 90 lb-ft of torque from the most potent BMW M5. Thanks to a healthy dose of power, the new Alpinas can reach some blistering speeds.
Thanks to the power increase, the B5 Bi-Turbo sedan and Touring models can get to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds. The B5 Bi-Turbo sedan can reach a top speed of 204 mph, while the wagon is close behind at 201 mph. The B5 Bi-Turbo is a tenth quicker to 62 mph than a stock M5 and is faster thanks to its lack of a limiter. Power is put down through an 8-speed ZF Sport-Automatic transmission, while other performance modifications include adjustable dampers, a limited slip differential and a revised exhaust system. Enthusiasts looking for more performance can opt for an Akrapovic exhaust system and high-performance brakes. While the sedan and wagon are worth the price for the performance updates alone, Alpina didn't stop there.
Alpina has also made the B5 Bi-Turbo's interior more luxurious with Merino leather seats and piano black interior trim. The vehicles' exteriors feature a new front bumper, rear spoiler, classic wheels and some Alpina badges. Pricing for the sedan is approximately $115,200 and roughly $118,700 for the Touring edition. That's a lot more than the M5's price of roughly $94K, but we think the vehicles are worth the extra money.