The farewell will be beautiful
Last year BMW took over Alpina. Alpina will continue to exist as an independent brand until 2025, when the founding family Bovensiepen will be left with maintenance, spare parts, classic cars – and the wine trade. But until then, Buchloe will certainly not be resting on its laurels – you can expect a lot more from Buchloe. A first treat can be ordered now and will be delivered in July: a special edition of 250 copies of the BMW Alpina B5 GT.
And here Alpina is really hitting it out of the park. The well-known 4.4-litre V8 with its two turbochargers in the B5 GT produces an impressive 634 hp and a maximum torque of 850 Nm. This makes it the most powerful Alpina engine to date. With this engine, the saloon goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, the estate needs two tenths more. And the estate also only runs at a maximum of 322 km/h, while the saloon reaches 330 km/h. Quite impressive for a 5-series, which Alpina has only subtly spiced up visually, the aerodynamics are supposed to be better, the downforce higher at high speeds. Inside, there are a few refinements and, of course, every conceivable luxury. A BMW Alpina B5 GT costs from 145,500 euros. And as a station wagon, another 3000 euros more.
As we already mentioned, a total of 250 examples of the BMW Alpina B5 GT will be built, either as a saloon or as an estate, depending on the number of orders received. We assume, however, that this is not the last straw in the Alpina church in Buchloe, where they will certainly continue to work on new models until the last day of independence. After that, there will be plenty of time to help oneself in the in-house wine shop.
(We recently drove quite a few different Alpina models, on the racetrack. We should definitely write something about that. We will. In the meantime, you can find more exciting vehicles in our archive).