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Everyone's favourite BMW tuner has hit the big five-zero, and it's marking the occasion with ‘Bi-Turbo Edition 50' versions of its B5 and B6. And they're the most powerful cars it's yet cranked out.
Birthdays in the car industry are good. Rather than cut a dishevelled cake into measly slices before serving them on a greasy napkin, carmakers give us special editions to buy. And Alpina is no exception.
If you need bringing up to speed, the clues are in their names: the B5 is based on the 5-Series saloon and Touring, the B6 uses the 6-Series coupe as its starting point.
Both already come with Bi-Turbo variants, a retuned version of the BMW M5's 4.4-litre petrol V8 powering them. Alpina swaps BMW's pair of turbochargers for its own, though, as well as tweaking the cooling system and fitting lighter pistons. It also fits its own automatic gearbox and gives the cars a slightly calmer, though still fun character.
For the Edition 50, further spanners have been wielded. Tweaks for the induction and fuel systems have freed 60bhp and 52lb ft, taking the B5 and B6's totals to 592bhp and 590lb ft.
Despite neither car being light or small, that's enough for a 4.2-second 0-62mph time and a 204mph top speed, a 6mph improvement. Yep, Alpina even does away with BMW's spoilsport speed limiter.
Mm anyone feel like giving me £80k I'd be grateful
Opinions on this?
Personally I love it, looks like a baby e46 M3 imo and at around 375bhp it'll be a little beast
I have been contacted by BMW UK who are trying to find an original E46 saloon (preferably M Sport) for some media work they are doing. A great opportunity to have your car featured in some official BMW media.
They'll need the car for approximately 1 week, commencing this Friday 27th March. Your car will be driven by a professional driver the whole time and BMW can provide an alternative car for the duration of the shoot.
Unfortunately I’m unable to go into more details than this. But, if you are interested and can give up your pride and joy for this opportunity, please PM me directly with a photo of your car and brief details (condition etc) as well as contact information. Feel free to post here as well.
To reiterate, they are looking for an OEM car.