How Does The Alpina B5 Compare To The Mighty BMW M5?

We all know the BMW M5; for many, it’s the default super saloon and the latest generation offers no less than 600 of the finest Bavarian horses, channeled -for the first time in an M5- to all four wheels.

Alpina has been making its own high-performance 5-Series sedan for quite some time now, in the form of the B5 Biturbo. The Buchloe-based brand uses a regular 5-Series as the base, but the end result is equally as impressive as that that comes out of M Division.

The Alpina B5 is powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 that makes 600hp and 590lb-ft of peak torque. An eight-speed transmission is responsible for transferring this power to all four wheels, enabling the B5 to hit 62mph (100km/h) from a standstill in 3.5 seconds and 124mph (200km/h) in 11.4 seconds, while flat out it’ll do 205 mph (330 km/h).

The numbers accompanying the M5 are pretty similar; the V8 also produces 600hp and slightly less torque, at 553lb-ft. 0-62mph comes in 3.4 seconds, and top speed with the M Driver’s Package is set at 190mph (305 km/h).

While the two models traditionally have been separated by their different characters, with the Alpina being the more relaxed and luxurious between the two, the latest B5 has been praised by many for its dynamic abilities as well.

Does this mean that it might be a better performer on public roads than the BMW M5? Autocar investigates in the video that follows.

 

Ferrari 488 Pista And McLaren 720S Put On A Show By Racing Each Other

Both have been fitted with aftermarket exhausts and, while no performance numbers are available, the Macca seems to have an advantage.

Someone Fixed The Aston Martin Vantage’s Huge Grille “Problem”

Revenant Automotive believes the stock grille is too much and has gone for a more subdued, and less controversial, look.

Purple Carbon Fiber Koenigsegg Regera Is Truly A Sight To Behold

The Regera is powered by a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 engine and three electric motors for a total output of 1,500 HP.

Toyota Says Its Cars Aren’t In Need For Speed Heat Because Game Promotes “Illegal Street Racing”

Gamers can enjoy Toyota’s various models on Gran Turismo Sport however.

Hyundai 45 EV Concept Teased Ahead Of Frankfurt

The concept previews Hyundai’s future styling language for electric vehicles.

2020 Toyota Supra Pumped Up To 528 WHP, Tuner Claims It Has Lots More To Give

DME strapped the tuned Supra to the dyno and suggested that even more impressive upgrades will come.

Opel Teases A Mysterious New Model For Frankfurt

The model appears to be a concept in the same vein as the GT and GT X.

Waymo Taking Its Autonomous Prototypes To Florida For Hurricane Season Testing

Waymo says heavy rain represents a unique challenge to developing sensors for its autonomous driving systems .

The Most Satisfying Automotive Brand In America Is Lexus

Lexus narrowly beat out Mercedes to take the top spot in ACSI’s study.

Police Looking For Driver Who Drove With Naked Woman On Back Of Ferrari

The driver could be facing a fine of $556.