Alpina reveals teaser for 2018 B5 Bi-Turbo Wagon [w/video]

Article by Christian A., on February 28, 2017

Alpina had previously teased customers and fans alike with a teaser for its upcoming 2018 B5 Bi-Turbo sedan. That is not enough it seems as the company has released another teaser showing the B5, this time the Wagon version, going through mountain roads. With this, the anticipation for the new B5 has increased further prior to its official debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Based on what can be gathered from the video, it appears that the new B5 will have the XDrive configuration, and if not offered as standard then a possible option. There is no word however if the brand will release the D5 at the same time as the B5. If not, then it is likely that it will be a few months before Alpina will reveal the diesel version.

With regards to power, many are saying that the B5 will hopefully have at least the same capability as that of the 4.4-liter biturbo V8 engine. This engine can deliver output of 600 hp (441 kW) with maximum torque of 591 lb.-ft. (800 Nm). For the D5, it should have power similar to what the 3.0-liter diesel engine can offer which is 345 hp (257 kW) with peak torque of 516 lb.-ft. (700 Nm).

While this means that it would have as much power, it is expected to go faster given that the overall weight of the new B5 is lower compared to the previous version. As such, acceleration from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) is possible in 4.2 seconds with maximum speed estimated to be 204 mph (328 km/h). The same is true for the diesel version with acceleration at 5.1 seconds and top speed at 171 mph (275 km/h).

If this is not what you’re looking for, then the M5 could be a good option as it will only be released as a sedan. However according to BMW, it will likely be unveiled within the year and possibly during the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. If this pushes through, sales are expected to begin by the end of the year. However, BMW added that a rear-wheel drive version will not be offered. There also won’t be one with the xDrive. Customers will instead get an AWD version with the ability to shift to RWD with merely the press of a button. For those who have been following new releases, this particular feature is indeed similar to the E63 from Mercedes-AMG.

The model is made by Alpina whose full company name is Alpina Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH & Co. KG. Based in Germany, the company had its initial start in 1962 but it would be officially established by 1964. Despite developing models based mainly on BMW, the company was certified as an auto manufacturer by the German Federal Ministry of Transport. This meant that it can register and brand its vehicles as Alpina rather than BMW. Alpina models though can be purchased, and even serviced, at BMW dealerships.

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