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2012 BMW Alpina D5 Bi-Turbo

2012 BMW Alpina D5 Bi-Turbo

For a long time diesel engines only played a marginal role in the passenger car segment. Lethargic, unrefined, noisy and not particularly clean - just some of the attributes of early oil burners. As a result, it was painfully difficult to imagine their application in a premium, luxury or sports car even fifteen years ago. Even more incredible then, its impressive metamorphosis into a popular high-tech power plant - powerful, high in torque and very efficient. (continued below)

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BMW Alpina D5 Bi-Turbo: New Benchmark for High Performance Diesels

Source: Alpina | Published: Wed Sep 14, 2011

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In 1998 Andreas Bovensiepen, together with Stuck, Menzel and Duez, won the 24h Nürburgring at the wheel of a BMW 320 diesel engined race car - which was certainly unconventional at the time. This success provided the impetus for Alpina to start the development of a high performance version of the BMW 3 liter in line six cylinder diesel engine utilizing two turbochargers. The result was phenomenal: the D10 Bi-Turbo, on basis of the BMW 5 Series, held the record for the fastest production diesel saloon for many years! Especially long distance drivers valued the unique combination of excellent handling, brilliant comfort and long cruising range.

With the support of BMW's diesel competence and the rapid advance in diesel technology altogether, Alpina developed a modified 2 liter in line four cylinder diesel engine. Introduced in 2005, it was Alpina's first foray into the diesel segment on the basis of the BMW 3 Series. Hereby Alpina opened its doors to an entirely new customer group and demonstrated, that not only maximum performance, but the finely balanced and harmonious automobile in its entirety, is a successful recipe made in Buchloe, Germany.

Exterior and Interior Design Personalized to Every Taste

BMW's designers have outdone themselves - the form and shape of the BMW 5 Series is without doubt elegant, modern and very cohesive. Alpina design cues and aerodynamic components integrate easily into the overall design of both the Saloon and Touring, providing a more powerful and dynamic appearance in a subtle manner.

The front, which is commanding and powerful, features an Alpina front spoiler designed according to aerodynamic guidelines and which is also principally responsible for effectively guiding air-flows to components of the cooling system and the brakes. The smooth and elegant rear features Alpina trademark doubleended-pipes that are artfully integrated into the rear valence which features a discreet diffuser. The diffuser can be deleted as needed, should the customer desire the optional ability to tow a trailer. In combination with the rear spoiler (Saloon), the D5 Bi-Turbo's total aerodynamic package yields the highest levels of safety and stability, especially at high speeds. The resulting reduction in lift, speed-dependent, can reach -80% front and -10% rear.

The interior reveals discreet features which one is accustomed to from Alpina and which highlight the D5 Bi-Turbo's exclusive pedigree. The standard equipment level is comprehensive, featuring amongst other things a leather interior, adjustable sport seats, Xenon headlamps and Park Distance Control. The hand-stitched LAVALINA leather SWITCH-TRONIC steering wheel can be positioned exactly as needed to see the blue Alpina instruments with black-panel LCD technology. The classic Alpina burled Myrtle wood trim provides a warm ambience - found only on the USA's Pacific Coast it is cultivated from dedicated Laurel tree groves grown for just this purpose. Optional Alpina Piano Lacquer interior trim with its silver diagonal rhombs, offers a modern and just as exclusive alternative. The interior's warm ambience and modern treatments foster a sense of well-being. For those who would only award themselves that something unique, exclusive volumes and the Alpina philosophy of hand-craftsmanship offer a nearly endless spectrum of personalization.

BMW Alpina D5 Bi-Turbo: Review (2/2)

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type V6, Twin-turbodiesel
Displacement 182 cu in (2979 cc)
Power 350 hp @ 4000 rpm
Torque n/a
Redline n/a
Driveline Rear Wheel Drive
Transmission 8 Speed Automatic
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Discs - Ventilated Discs
Tire Size Front - Rear 255/35 R20 - 285/30 R20
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length 193.1 in
Width 73.2 in
Height 57.8 in
Curb Weight 4057 lbs
0-60 mph 5 s
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed 168 mph
Fuel Economy
NEDC Fuel Consumption - Combined 6.2 l/100 km
Origin & Price
Origin Germany
Base Retail Price (MSRP) n/a

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