To celebrate 30 years since the first M5 was produced, BMW launched the 30 Jahre Edition of the M5 in 2014. But a limited-run of 300 examples with 600 horsepower under the hood isn’t enough for some people, including the specialists over at Alpina. Cue the BMW Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo and its impressive 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 motor. bmw-alpina-b5-bi-turbo-has-more-torque-than-the-bmw-m5-30-jahre-edition-photo-gallery_2

Even though the S63B44Tu engine generates lots of low-rev torque, the Buchloe-based outfit found an extra 100 Nm (73 lb-ft) lying in there. As such, the BMW Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo trumps the awe-inspiring BMW M5 30 Jahre Edition with 600 horsepower and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of RWD twist.

Alpina knows that with great power comes great responsibility. That’s why the company didn’t tinker with the business end of the M5 and left it at that.

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BMW Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo Has More Torque than the BMW M5 30 Jahre Edition

Instead of the standard 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, Alpina decided that the torque was better harnessed by mating the engine to an 8-speed automatic. This makes the B5 Bi-Turbo a tenth of a second faster than the standard M5 at 4,2 seconds to 100 km/h (62 mph). Still, the Jahre is faster – 3.9 clicks to 100 km/h.

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On the plus side, the forward momentum of the modified twin-turbo V8 is available up to a top speed of 328 km/h (203.8 mph). You’ve heard that right – the BMW Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo is faster than the Ferrari F40. More importantly, it has the upper hand in terms of everyday drivability because it has 5 seats.

If the four-door sedan body isn’t to your liking because you have kids and a dog, fret not because Alpina has got you covered. Thanks to the generous load volume of 1,670 liters (58.97 cubic feet), the B5 Bi-Turbo Touring is an ideal tool for family duties that doesn’t disappoint in terms of performance reserves. By: autoevolution