ALPINAs’ headline launch this year is the fabulous new ALPINA B5, based on the new 5 Series G30 Saloon and G31 Touring the new car goes on sale in October of this year. The 4.4 litre V8 petrol engine develops 608BHP, 800 NM of torque and is equipped with all-wheel drive (xDrive) and 4-wheel steer as standard. The 0-62 sprint is despatched in just 3.5 seconds, making it the fastest accelerating model ever produced by ALPINA and where road conditions and the law allows, maximum speed is 202MPH.
Andrew Frankel of Autocar was the first British motoring journalist to be able to drive the car, albeit within the confies of the Bilster Berg track facility in Germany and his very positive first impressions can be seen to going to the attached link;
We expect that ALPINA will announce a stable mate to the B5 at the Frankfurt show in September. Details are scarce at the time of writing this, but we do know that the new model has been named the D5S, traction and performance will benefit from the inclusion of all-wheel drive(xDrive), albeit with a rear drive bias. The car is expected to be visually identical to its £100K big brother, so look out for quad exhausts, 20” forged ALPINA wheels and an exhilarating soundtrack.
My contacts at ALPINA have advised that the car is being developed specifically for the UK market and UK roads and is expected to be more accelerative than the previous F10D5, with a focus on driving dynamics. Many of you reading this will be aware that the owner of ALPINA, Andy Bovensiepen is an accomplished racer and I know from conversations with Andy that he hates under steer. He’ll therefore be personally signing off suspension development, so you can rest assured that the D5S will be a great drivers car.
The D5S will be available in G30 saloon derivative only and is expected to be very competitively priced, - here at ALPINA GB were hoping for around £60K with a comprehensive standard specification. If this price point is achieved, it means that the car will be the same price as the F10 D5, plus the cost of xDrive. When you consider the technological and engineering development that has gone into the car it will make the new D5S a fantastic proposition against some very stiff competition.
We hope to see first deliveries of the new D5S around October, November time, but the car is available to order immediately.
For 2017 the B3 and B4 models have been developed into the B3S (Saloon/Touring) and B4S (Coupe and Convertible). The new models are available to order immediately and first deliveries will commence late July/August. The most noticeable change for the ALPINA driver is the powerhouse. The 3 litre straight six cylinder engine with high-precision direct injection, valvetronic and Bi-Turbo charging delivers 440BHP (up 30BHP on B3 and B4) and a Diesel comparable 660Nm of torque . In combination with the excellent ZF 8-speed Sport-Automatic Transmission, means that the new B3S and B4S are never lacking in forward momentum – power can be called upon at all times in an instant, in order to enjoy that typical effortless ALPINA driving experience.
At the same time, ALPINA Piano Black interior trim, High Beam Assist and Front and Rear PDC, become standard across all 3 and 4 derivatives. LED headlights, LED foglights and split folding rear seats are now standard on both the B4S Coupe and Convertible. A Drexler Limited Slip Differential is now standard on the S models, previously a £1,890.00 option.
Further details on pricing, option packs can be found on the ALPINA GB Configurator.