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    Photos and Details of the Alpina F10 B5 BiTurbo

    Alpina has revealed the production F10 B5. The car has a tuned N63 producing 500 hp. The transmission is the 8 speed automatic used in the X5/X6 M.

    No word on if this vehicle will come to the USA but we don't see the point in it. The M5 will be priced around the same point and offer a dual clutch transmission as well as far better handling, power, and looks. If the price could be kept down significantly it would serve as a nice middle ground between the 550 and the M5. It makes more sense to simply tune a 550i for far less money and get better gains per dollar.

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    That front looks like the face of a Hooters girl whose head was hit by a baseball bat too many times.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by unfor Click here to enlarge
    That front looks like the face of a Hooters girl whose head was hit by a baseball bat too many times.
    Heh, perhaps, but I believe the body work is done well.

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    i like it but its making faces at me = ]


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    Autocar drives the B5

    Jaw-droppingly fast. We drove the B5 from Alpina’s base in Buchloe to the UK – in time for its appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed – and with an empty stretch of autobahn in front of it, it’s supercar quick.

    Alpina’s claim of 0-62mph in 4.7sec feels conservative – and as for the top speed, well, we saw an indicated 190mph with three and their luggage aboard, and it was still pulling strongly.

    Truth is, though, that making a 5-series with this engine feel strong on a motorway was never going to be the biggest challenge faced by Alpina’s engineers. More testing is the task of making it handle on poor surfaces and twisty roads, and here the firm’s modifications – lower suspension, non-runflat tyres and comprehensive reprogramming of BMW’s adjustable dampers – pays off.

    We wouldn’t say the B5 has precisely the same level of agility and subtlety as Jaguar’s XFR – but it’s not far off it at all, and that means it’s very good indeed. Revised steering programming makes the wheel feel lighter at low speeds than a 5-series, and weightier when you’re pushing on, and it’s a more satisfying set-up than BMW’s.

    With the car in Sport or Sport+ set-up the ride is firm but still compliant (no runflats, remember, just Michelin Pilot Sport 2s, or Pilot Super Sports on the final cars) and body control is excellent.

    That trick transmission works well, too; we can’t think of many dual-clutch units that beat it on speed and smoothness. The engine has massive urge from beneath 2000rpm, and if you push on it makes a great Nascar-esque soundtrack. It’s perfectly docile for everyday use, though; cruise along at 80mph (barely 1900rpm) and it’s silent.

    Should I buy one?
    At around 70k, the B5 will sit above the Jaguar XFR on price, but beat it hands down on exclusivity. Even our car – production prototype number one – was beautifully finished, the spec is relatively generous by BMW standards and Alpina can also offer a personal service matched by no mass manufacturer.
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    Their point about exclusivity does not hold too much water especially with most people just considering it a 5 series... which is exactly what it is.

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