The E34 BMW 5 Series doesn’t get a lot of love for some reason, whether that lack of love is deserved or not. I think the E34 lacks love because of how excellent all of the other 5 Series cars have been, it gets overshadowed. But it isn’t a bad car by any means. However, if there are some E34 haters out there, maybe this ALPINA B10 Biturbo will change your mind.
ALPINA has always made some amazing BMWs and they’re always highly desirable. This ALPINA B10 Biturbo is very interesting and would be an absolute beauty in the eyes of an E34 fan and could possible sway some E34 haters. This particular car is a 1990 ALPINA B10 Biturbo with 75,000 miles on the odometer and it looks fantastic. The typical ALPINA color scheme, blue with the gold striping, looks great and makes the somewhat boxy E34 body style look far more interesting. And those ALPINA wheels…I don’t have to say much more. I also like the rear wing, which adds some visual drama to the rather bland rear end of the E34.
The interior looks to be in very good condition, however that strange steering wheel, which looks like nothing I’ve ever seen on a BMW and is said to be made by MOMO, looks like something off of a GMC Envoy. While the seats are cloth, they have ALPINA’s color scheme and look incredibly supportive.
Engine-wise, the ALPINA B10 Biturbo uses a modified version of the M30 3.5 liter I6 from the BMW 535i, except with upgraded pistons, cams and valves, and ALPINA added two Garrett T25 turbochargers and Bosche variable boost control. These upgrades gave the ALPINA B10 360 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque, which enabled it to get from f0-60 mph in around 5.6 seconds and have a top speed of 180 mph. That’s quick by today’s standards and was monstrous for 1990. That motor is mated to a five-speed manual transmission by Getrag.
ALPINA also added Bilstein shocks in the front, automatic load-leveling Fictel & Sachs shocks at the rear, new springs and anti-roll bars and bigger brakes. So the ALPINA B10 Biturbo can turn and stop just as well as it accelerates.
$47,500 is the asking price for this ALPINA and that’s not cheap for a 26 year old car, but this is a pretty special car and could be worth it to a BMW/ALPINA collector. So what do you think, is this ALPINA B10 Biturbo worth the money?