This BMW Alpina B5 BiTurbo is a remarkably refined and comfortable saloon car that also boasts staggering performance. A rival for BMW’s own M5, Alpina’s super saloon is powered by a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged petrol engine, producing 600bhp and 590 lb ft of torque, with all-wheel-drive via the eight-speed Sport-Automatic transmission. Used and enjoyed as intended, the car has covered 20,748 miles from new, but still presents in near-showroom condition.
With a base price in excess of £90,000, this particular example also features numerous desirable options, which would undoubtedly have pushed it up to a list price of six figures. The stated performance is a 0-62mph time of just 3.5sec, and a top speed of 205mph. Even in real-world conditions, this Alpina B5 BiTurbo feels every inch the supercar-bothering family transport. It is also compliant with Euro 6d emissions standards, which means that it can be driven within London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) at no charge.
Understood to have been completed at the end of 2017, a numbered plate on the centre console denotes that this was the 60th example built by Alpina. It was delivered new to the UK and supplied to the current owner, who remains the first and only keeper on the log book. The literature presented when he collected the car confirms that it was the very first G30-generation Alpina B5 saloon in the UK.
As you would expect from such a young car, the bodywork and paint remains in excellent order. The Sapphire Black metallic hue is smooth and glossy all around the body, and gives this hugely powerful car a sophisticated appearance. There is some slight peeling of the paint protection film on the offside front bumper, but no dents or dings in any of the panels.
The front splitter is finished off with the application of the gold Alpina ‘Deco Set’ graphics. The B5 rides on 20-inch Alpina Classic forged alloy wheels, which do have a few light kerbing scuffs to the edges of the rims, but which are generally in very good condition.
Inside, the Ivory White Exclusive leather with diamond-quilted centre stripe panels is in superb order. The driver’s seat has signs of use in line with the mileage, but the trim is still in outstanding condition throughout. Driver and front are transported in luxury in the 18-way adjustable comfort seats with heating, massage function, and memory settings.
Ahead of the driver is the Alpina sport steering wheel with the brand’s familiar blue and green hues used for the bespoke stitching. The leather extends across the dashboard and door tops, there are Piano Black lacquer accents all around the cabin, and the headlining is trimmed in anthracite Alcantara.
The specification of this Alpina B5 BiTurbo is extensive, and includes four-zone climate control, a power sliding glass sunroof, and roller sun blinds in the rear doors and rear window. There is also cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, and adaptive LED headlights with high-beam assistance. The BMW Professional media unit is installed, with satellite navigation, DAB digital radio, and TV tuner, connected to the Harman Kardon surround-sound system. Occupants can also use the enhanced Bluetooth, wireless charging and Wi-Fi hotspot functions.
Mechanically, this B5 is as strong as you would imagine being just two years old. Its last scheduled maintenance was carried out by a BMW main dealer in December 2019, and prior to that in February 2018, with work completed in line with the recommended servicing intervals and checklists.
The car will be due its first MOT test in January 2021. The alloy wheels have recently been fitted with a full set of brand-new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tyres, in size 255/35 ZR20 at the front and 295/30 ZR20 at the rear.
Accompanying the car is all of the original factory-supplied handbooks, as well as the Alpina B5 supplement, which remain in the blue and green leather wallet. The car is of course still covered by the manufacturer’s three-year warranty until 2021.
Summed up by Autocar magazine as “an exceptionally well-conceived, immensely covetable machine”, this Alpina B5 BiTurbo is a rare and beautifully finished piece of bespoke engineering, offering a hugely desirable blend of comfort, refinement and jaw-dropping pace.
Bidders should note that the personalised plate ‘B10 SAJ’ shown on the car is not included in the sale. It has been switched back to its original age-related registration plate of ‘KE67 EDV’.