This is why we love Alpina.
It’s important to remember here that today’s crossovers are, more or less, yesterday’s station wagons. Many grew up with the family station wagon (or minivan), but those days are fading fast because the crossover segment is hotter than ever. But we still love high-performance wagons, and both Audi and Mercedes-Benz each offer something to satisfy that craving, the RS6 Avant and AMG E63 Wagon, respectively. However, only the AMG E63 S Wagon is available in the US.
So what about a BMW M5 Wagon? Nope. Not happening. BMW hasn’t had one since the E61 M5 that launched in 2007. Before that, the only other M5 Wagon was from the E34 generation, of which only 211 M-tuned wagons were built. Fortunately, Alpina is picking up the mantle here as our spy photographers have snapped images of the upcoming B5 Touring testing at the Nurburgring. Unfortunately, the chances it’ll come to the US are practically zero. Too bad because our sources tell us this thing packs an upgraded 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that pump out nearly 600 hp. Better yet, it’s based on the upcoming next generation 5 Series as opposed to the current model.
As is the case with all other Alpina models, this B5 Wagon will feature various exterior modifications, such as a new front spoiler, rear bumper and quad exhaust pipes. There’ll also be high-performance brakes and those unique Alpina wheels. Like what you see? We do, too. Worth a move to Europe?