BMW has confirmed that for now, it will not be releasing an M5 Touring. However, for those who want something in a similar vein, then Alpina may have the answer.
Based in Germany, Alpina is an automaker that manufactures cars based mainly on BMW models. Its latest offering is the elegant B5 Bi-Turbo which is based on the latest 5-Series (G30) range of BMW. Fans of the company are likely to be excited as everything they expect from Alpina is there. The alloy 20-inch multi-spoke wheels? Check. Brake calipers in blue? Check. It even has an aerodynamic kit that gives it that timeless design.
Powering this model is the biturbo 4.4-liter V8 engine that is capable of delivering 608 hp (447 kW) with peak torque of 590 lb.-ft. (800 Nm). This output is then channeled to the all-wheel drive system using the automatic eight-speed ZF transmission. With this amount, the sedan version is able to get a maximum speed of 205 mph (330 km/h) with acceleration from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) possible in 3.5 seconds. Since the wagon version is a bit heavier, maximum speed is at 202 mph (325 km/h) with acceleration from standstill to 62 mph (100 km/h) achieved in 3.6 seconds.
In terms of design, the new B5 can come in either the exclusive Alpina Green or the exclusive Alpina Blue. Customers though will need to shell out as much as €2,411 (about $2,600) for each color. Alpina however is giving customers the choice to have their B5 comes with either gold strips or with silver ones. Rounding off the design on the exterior is the additional air inlet on the front apron which has the “Alpina” lettering.
This subtle theme can be observed in the interior as well and it will have its upholstery in Nappa leather. Features include the four-zone climate control system and the steering wheel which had been designed by the company itself and comes in a blue/green stitching. Other features include, among others, the door sills being illuminated and the customized production plaque. Customers who prefer a more luxurious feel to the cabin can select from two wood trims with some areas of the interior having a piano lacquer finish.
The sedan version is available in Germany for €94,118 ($99,500), exclusive of tax. The wagon variant meanwhile is priced at €96,891 ($102,500). Those with money to spend can avail of additional features like the head-up display for €1,000 ($1,100), high-performance brakes at €1,495 ($1,600), and limited-slip differential priced at €2,773 ($3,000).
Still all is not lost for those who want an M5 as it is possible that BMW may unveil such a model during the Frankfurt Motor Show in September of this year. Be aware though that if BMW does push through with this, it will likely be sold exclusively in a sedan version.