ALPINA B5 Bi-Turbo vs BMW M5: Which would you buy?

BMW M5 | November 24th, 2015 by 10
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Famous BMW tuning company, ALPINA, has just announced an engine upgrade to its B5 Bi-Turbo Saloon and Touring. This recent power bump puts the ALPINA …

Famous BMW tuning company, ALPINA, has just announced an engine upgrade to its B5 Bi-Turbo Saloon and Touring. This recent power bump puts the ALPINA B5 at 600 hp and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque. Those massive numbers are considerably more than the BMW M5’s 560 hp and 500 lb-ft (677 Nm) of torque and ties the M5 Jahre Edition for horsepower, though it has more torque than the Jahre’s 516 lb-ft. That makes the ALPINA B5 Bi-Turbo the most powerful production version of the 5 Series ever. Quite a mighty claim.

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The ALPINA B5 Bi-Turbo also comes with some other fancy tricks up its sleeve. ALPINA Gives it a sport suspension with an Adaptive Drive mode, similar to what you’d find in the brand new BMW 7 Series, and a limited-slip differential as standard. This is in addition to the typical suite of ALPINA luxuries that are added to every one of the firm’s cars. The interior is adorned in Full Merino Leather with ALPINA piano lacquer trim and those gorgeous wheels. An optional Akrapovic lightweight titanium exhaust option is also available, which shaves 17kg off of the weight and adds a unique sound to the wonderful V8. There’s also an optional high-performance fixed-calliper brake system which helps to reduce fade under hard driving.

However, despite all of these wonderful upgrades, the ALPINA B5 Bi-Turbo still isn’t a BMW M5. It’s considerably heavier than the M5 and isn’t as sharp of a handler. The M5 will be the more dynamic vehicle of the two, given its lighter weight, stiffer suspension and genuine Motorsport heritage baked into it. Also, despite its extra grunt over the M5, it’s not any faster either. With a 0-60 mph time of just 4.2 seconds, while still blisteringly fast, it can’t match the 3.9 seconds recorded by several journalistic publications. Though, 4.2 is just its claimed time and we all know how the Germans underrate their cars, so it’s possible the B5 Bi-Turbo beats its claimed 4.2 seconds in the real world.

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But then again, the AlPINA B5 isn’t about turning the M5 into a race car, it’s about turning it into a much more powerful, more capable and more luxurious version of itself. That’s always what ALPINAs have been about. ALPINA has never really been one to try and beat BMW M at its own game. ALPINAs are typically about smooth and luxurious motoring done at lunatic speeds. Bit powerful engines with quiet and comfortable interiors and just enough handling dynamics to make it interesting, that’s the ALPINA way.

So, clearly, these cars are two completely different flavors of the 5 Series. On one end is the proper Motorsport version of the 5 Series, the BMW M5, whose main goal is to smoke its rear tires and eat up lap times. While the other, the ALPINA B5 Bi-Turbo is a comfortable yet monstrous Autobahn missile. It’s very hard to choose between them, as they’re both excellent. Normally, I have a bias almost immediately, when writing comparisons like this, however, it’s very hard to choose this time as both cars have so much to offer. Especially considering how close they are in price, 108,600 Euros for the ALPINA and 88,348 Euros for the M5 (though the M5 gets far pricier when equipped to the level of the ALPINA).

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However, there may be one deciding factor. The ALPINA B5 Bi-Turbo Touring. The B5 Bi-Turbo Touring is essentially the exact same car as the saloon/sedan, just in estate/wagon form. The BMW 5 Series Touring is a beautiful looking wagon and possibly one of the best looking wagons on the market, so it’s no secret that the ALPINA B5 Bi-Turbo Touring looks sensational. Being that the BMW M5 does not come in wagon form, for reasons I cannot comprehend, I’d have to personally go for the long-roofed ALPINA. Which would you buy?

10 responses to “ALPINA B5 Bi-Turbo vs BMW M5: Which would you buy?”

  1. Michael Christopher Frazier IV says:

    m5. the b5 looks dorky. so much extra plastic glued all over the place.

  2. lin says:

    Honest answer; if this were a short term purchase that I would be keeping for <5 years, I would go for the M5. Long term purchase; the Alpina. Typically when I purchase a vehicle for longterm use it becomes a 'weekend' car, so mileage is low. Low mileage Alpina's also tend to hold their value longer, are harder to find, and in demand on the used market for longer periods of time, making it a safer purchase for the long haul.

  3. 2sfhim says:

    I usually prefer estate versions, so the answer is obvious: Alpina B5 touring.

  4. Alpina green, gold stripes, Akrapovic exhaust, bespoke interior, xDrive – silent killer performance, more rare and sophisticated. No contest in my book. Next gen M5 may sway me..

  5. Senne says:

    The M5, but I think a Touring with almost 600 hp is insane. Giving it xDrive makes it go even faster, but makes it maybe handle not quite as good. So what I don’t understand: why does BMW not make the M5 Touring anymore? Imagine an M5 Touring 30 Jahre!! It would demolish the Audi RS6!

  6. Webb Rowan says:

    This is just great news for BMW car owners, and this could lead to more and more people wanting to their hands to better engines. It is just a deal and steal! I wonder how the reviews were for this power bump for the engines.

  7. […] have been creating sedans with supercar-like velocity capabilities for quite some time now and the B5 BiTurbo Edition 50 models are no […]

  8. […] would appear as if a regular BMW 5 Series can also do it. Of course, with the help of Alpina. Their B5 BiTurbo Edition 50 model comes with a couple of well-designed upgrades that enhance the stock 4.4-liter V8 engine […]

  9. […] would appear as if a regular BMW 5 Series can also do it. Of course, with the help of Alpina. Their B5 BiTurbo Edition 50 model comes with a couple of well-designed upgrades that enhance the stock 4.4-liter V8 engine […]

  10. Matt says:

    Well. I have a dog. A 70+ kg dog. A Newfie. So long roof for me. Besides the touring is a sleeper car. So called family oriented. Bullet.

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