2015 Alpina B5 Edition 50 review
Source : 2015 Alpina B5 Edition 50 review
Anniversary edition of Alpina’s hot 5 Series gets 591bhp in addition to also can hit 204mph. is usually the item today a match for a Panamera Turbo? The B5 Edition 50 is usually Alpina’s birthday present to itself – in addition to also to a select band of its customers. Buoyed by its best-ever sales figures – over 1700 units worldwide in 2014 – the family firm of engineers in addition to also hand-crafters by Buchloe in Bavaria has ramped up the performance of its take on the BMW 5 Series.A revised induction system in addition to also a higher-capacity fuel pump take the regular B5 Biturbo’s twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 by 532bhp up to 591bhp – in addition to also torque, an Alpina specialty, goes up by 52lb ft, to 590lb ft.The unit is usually mated, as usual, to a beefed-up, remapped variation of the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission of which features in countless BMWs. the item’s controlled, from the Alpina tradition, by subtle buttons stitched into the back of the steering wheel; paddles are not offered, even as an option.Beyond the engine mods, the Edition 50 gets a titanium Akrapovic exhaust which brings a slightly louder note in addition to also saves 17kg compared with the regular stainless steel unit. There are also forged alloy wheels, which shave off 15.6kg of unsprung mass.Alpina claims 0-62mph will today take 4.2sec in addition to also of which the top speed has increased to 204mph – doing the item the fastest vehicle the company has ever produced. Yet CO2 emissions are a still-respectable 221g/km, thanks to an EU combined economy figure of 29.7mpg.The numbered production plaque is usually present in addition to also correct, mounted up from the headlining – yet Edition 50s also get a dashboard insert personally signed by the company founder, Burkard Bovensiepen. You can also spec Lavallina leather seats having a chequered blue in addition to also green finish, harking back to the B7 S Turbo Coupé of the early 1980s.As with all Alpinas, the B5 Edition 50 goes down the regular BMW production line in addition to also is usually supported by a BMW-backed warranty. of which is usually, in theory, your only chance to buy a B5 for the foreseeable future, since UK importer Sytner no longer sells the conventional 532bhp design.
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