Unveiling the Powerhouse: ALPINA B5 E61 Touring’s Mighty V8

The ALPINA B5 E61 Touring is a remarkable family car, expertly crafted by Buchloe’s automotive wizards that demands attention. Unlike the V10-powered M5, this practical masterpiece promises no compromise on performance.

BMW ALPINA B5 Touring E61

The ALPINA B5 Touring derived its strength from the 550i version, boasting a 4.4-liter V8 engine pushing out an impressive 500 hp (368 kW) and 700 Nm (515 lb-ft) of torque during its production from February 2005 to September 2007. The later models took it up a notch, reaching an astounding 530 hp (390 kW) and a monstrous 725 Nm (535 lb-ft) until its production ceased in May 2010. These beasts outperformed BMW’s famed S85-powered M5 with the 5.0-liter engine.

But the ALPINA B5 E61 Touring’s allure goes beyond raw power. Its wagon format exudes practicality, while its unassuming appearance, save for the twin exhaust tips, effortlessly disguises its true potential. Even by 2023 standards, this sleeper wagon boasts an awe-inspiring performance that continues to impress.

In its prime form, the ALPINA B5 E61 Touring accelerated from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a blistering 4.6 seconds, with a top speed of 197 mph (317 km/h). For the audacious seeking more, the sold-out B5 GT Touring boasted a supercharged 625 hp and 850 Nm (627 lb-ft), shaving off an entire second in the sprint and reaching a slightly higher top speed of 200 mph (322 km/h). While the ALPINA treatment for the upcoming 5 Series Touring G61 remains uncertain, the return of the M5 Touring (G99) in 2024—with a plug-in hybrid V8 promising over 700 hp—unleashes excitement among wagon enthusiasts, especially as it gears up for release in the US.

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