Car News 24 Feb 2016

Alpina Celebrates 50 Years with New BMW B5 and B6 Bi-Turbo.

Alpina Celebrates 50 Years with New BMW B5 and B6 Bi-Turbo.

To mark its 50th birthday, Alpina has announced the exclusive EDITION 50, which is based on the BMW Alpina B5 and B6 Bi-Turbo.  Only 50 examples of each will be produced.

The Edition 50 models are considered to be the most powerful road cars Alpina has ever made, with a top speed of 204mph.

Featuring a host of refinements, including hand-crafted bodywork changes, the Edition 50 models are equipped with a 4.4-litre V8, tuned to develop an impressive 592bhp and 590lb ft of thrust.  With all that power, the duo are capable of 0-62 mph in just 4.2 seconds.

Weight has been trimmed with new wheels, shedding a substantial 15.6kg of unsprung mass, 7.6kg from the front pair and 8kg from the rear.  This saving has largely come thanks to the switch from cast to forged aluminium manufacturing.

A further 17kg has been saved with the fitment of an Acrapovic developed titanium exhaust that also helps to reduce back-pressure.

The Edition 50 boasts new body trim and bespoke interior trim, in keeping with its limited edition status.  The car will be available in either Alpina Green or Alpina Blue, with a bespoke Edition 50 Sepia also available through BMW Individual.

An unconfirmed ‘small number’ of cars will be available in the UK, with prices starting at £86,850. This is just short of £15,000 extra on the standard car. 

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