ALPINA Car of the Month.

Introducing our ALPINA of the Month... Best of Breed

The BMW 5 Series has won universal recognition for its breadth and depth of talent, consistently uniting the three executive car pillars of luxurious comfort, sharp handling and low total cost of ownership. The ALPINA D5 further enhances these qualities, while adding exclusivity and boundless scope for individualisation.

This particular D5 fresh into Sytner Nottingham is a particularly well appointed and tastefully specified example that is sure to turn heads of those in the know, while gliding past those that don’t.

One of only 73 in the UK, #261 is presented in Mineral Grey, a metallic colour dark enough to look smart in all weathers, but light enough to still show-off the muscular lines of the D5. ALPNA specific details include the full side stripe deco-set (easily removed to taste), quad Akropovic exhaust tips that emit a refined yet purposeful burble, and a fully wind tunnel developed ALPINA aero-kit, comprising front chin spoiler, rear diffuser and a discreet boot mounted spoiler. Combining form and function to aid safety and fuel efficiency, lift is reduced by 70 percent at the front and 40 percent at the rear. The exterior is completed by 20” ALPINA Classic light alloy wheels shod in Michelin Pilot Supersport tyres. These aren’t run-flats and as such provide significant advantages in ride comfort, turn-in and noise levels compared to the standard fit BMW items.

The interior is arguably the most sumptuously D5 Touring in the UK, boasting not only smooth and lightly treated Platinum Merino hide on the eminently supportive Comfort Seats and door panels, but a full leather dash top roll. These elements combine to create an airy and accessible yet very sophisticated ambience in which to pass time and miles. The feeling of light openness is further enhanced by the special-order Platinum alcantara headlining, an option very rarely seen. Equally rare, and usually only seen in the V12 7 Series models are the ceramic control surfaces which not only provide an enhanced texture experience over their plastic counterparts, but are far less vulnerable to heat for greater user comfort. ALPINA enhancements to the interior include a unique numbered build plaque adoring the headlining, signature blue dials and headrests embossed with the ALPINA roundel by the Saddlery at Buchloe. The Saddlery’s work extends to the alcantara trim across the centre of the dash and centre console around the iDrive control cluster. This creates not just a colour barrier between the darker upper dash and lighter lower sections, but also facilitates a pleasantly tactical experience when operating the iDrive. Similarly, a hand covered steering wheel with green and blue stitching reminds the driver he is piloting something very different from the norm.

The D5’s real showpiece however, is the thoroughness of its engineering. ALPINA’s engineering team of 70 developed the D5 over two years, using a combination of existing BMW parts where suitable and developing their own when not. The brakes for example, come from a Middle Eastern spec V12 7 Series, while to cope with the extra torque, the driveshaft comes from a Rolls-Royce Ghost. The engine features two ALPINA-specific twin-scroll turbochargers that work in parallel, while the intake was optimised for high, unrestricted induction rates. To cope with the extra heat generated and the stresses of running for a tank of fuel at a time at 170+ mph, the cooling package was significantly uprated and now boasts a dedicated oil cooler, secondary radiator and 30 percent larger primary radiator, in addition to an innovative intercooler arrangement. ALPINA specific engine management software complements and optimises these changes, with the strengthened driveshaft and uprated torque converter and solenoids in the eight-speed gearbox ensure progress is smooth, effortless and reliable. ALPINA have re-engineered the BMW Variable Damper Control with ALPINA-specific spring rates and Bilstein dampers, calibrated for an extra cossetting ride in Comfort Plus and even sharper handling in Sport. All modes however are superbly resolved and lend the D5 the long-distance comfort of a luxury limousine combined with a deftness of handling that belies its size.

Indeed, such a complete proposition is the D5, Autocar declared it their ‘favourite long distance companion.’ The D5 appeals to the head as well as the heart, easily managing over 40 mpg (officially 47.9), emitting 155g/km of CO2, while strong residuals make for a very attractive total cost of ownership. Not bad for a large estate that will accelerate to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds and exceed 170 mph…

To arrange a viewing, please contact the Sytner Nottingham Used Car Sales Team on 0115 934 1414.