Alpina’s recipe for tuning BMW places the focus on improving the model’s performance with a focus on making it more suitable for the road, rather than the race track. As a perfect example of this upgrade philosophy, watch this Alpina D5 video on the autobahn.
Specifically, this is the Alpina D5 Bi-Turbo from the F10 generation BMW 5 Series. Alpina offered this model from 2011 to 2016. This model is available in sedan and wagon body styles.
Under the hood, there’s a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six diesel engine that makes 345 horsepower (257 kilowatts) and 516 pound-feet (700 Newton-meters) of torque. According to Alpina spesifikasi specificationsthis allows the sedan variant to reach 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 5.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 173 mph (278 kph).
The D5 Bi-Turbo in this video has additional tuning that pushes output to 420 hp (313 kW) and 664 lb-ft (900 Nm). The extra power allows this car to reach 62 mph in about 4.8 seconds.
With so much torque, the D5 shows off its easy acceleration in this video. Wherever the engine is in the rev range, lowering the throttle results in a rapid increase in speed.
Unlike most videos from AutoTopNL, we didn’t take a good look at the phone app to see how fast Alpina actually accelerated.
It looks comfortable driving the D5 at high speed. The sound of the engine is smooth but makes a loud noise during acceleration. The cabin seemed quiet enough even when driving at a speed that would have angered police across much of the world.
The digital speedometer shows this Alpina finally reaching 284 kph (177 mph). The car was still picking up speed, albeit slowly, so there might have been a higher speed.
Pending antitrust approval, Alpina became part of BMW. As part of this plan, Alpina may continue to build modified BMW models until the end of 2025. After that, the company’s future remains a mystery. Tuner stops manufacturing vehicles at its facility in Buchloe, Germany.