Feel like treating yourself or someone you really love to an outrageously nice gift? BMW and Alpina have a revised option for you: meet the updated 2016 BMW Alpina B5 Biturbo, an Alpina-ified 550i with more of pretty much everything.
As with most Alpina BMWs, the B5 starts life as a 2016 550i and gets a whole suite of upgrades, such as a lofty power bump to 600hp with torque making a jump to 590 lb-ft as well, up from the comparative standard M5’s figure of 560hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. Both figures happily outdo the standard and even the specialized versions of the already batshit-insane fast M5 such as the Competition Package model and even the 30 Yahre edition, though the Alpina B5’s horsepower rating is the same as the 30 Yahre version with torque leading the way.
The extra oomph comes from a range of upgrades to the 550i’s standard 4.4L twin-turbo V8 with a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic. 0-62 happens in just 4.2 seconds, making it about a tenth of a second faster than the standard M5 while an ECU recalibration changes the top speed from 155 MPH to 204 MPH.
The Alpina B5 Biturbo also benefits from a more aggressive suspension, body kit, and an upgraded interior to completee the package while a mechanical limited-slip differential by Drexler Motor Sport is added to boost handling.
Should you want a more practical option, the Alpina B5 Biturbo can also be had in wagon form. But sadly, you’d have to be in Europe to get either of these examples, to our knowledge thus far.
Prices start at €108,600 (around $115,400 with today’s conversion) while the wagon is priced at €111,900 (around $119,000).
– By: Chris Chin