2011 Alpina B5 revealed, previews future BMW M5
Alpina has had a long and steady connection with BMW, modifying a lot of the cars made by the Bavarian manufacturer.
After showcasing the Alpina B7 for North America, the company has now revealed, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Alpina B5 model, based on the 2011 BMW 5 Series.
The model, set to rival the next generation BMW M5, uses the same twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine currently available on the X5 M and X6 M. The unit produces 500 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque in the B5, capable of taking it from 0 to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds and up to 191 mph.
That massive engine is combined with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Even though it might not sound like it, the Alpina B5 is pretty economical, achieving 21.7 mpg (US) on the EU combined cycle and emitting around 252 g/km of CO2.
No pricing has been revealed, and as of yet, it will appear in fall in the UK. Until then, check out the photo gallery below with this performance machine.
Photo Gallery: 2011 Alpina B5
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