Alpina B5 Biturbo - 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds
While BMW ponders on its new M5, Alpina has dealt its hand early. And what a hand. A 600bhp, twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 rests up front, driving all-four wheels to record an astonishing time of 3.6s. That’s just a tenth off the saloon’s 0-62mph time.
From there, the Alpina Tourer will run on to a top speed of 201mph (the saloon pushes on to 205mph). This is a very fast, and, you’d have to agree, very subtle car. And those 20-inch wheels… excuse us, we’re having a moment.
Standard equipment includes a sports exhaust with Comfort and, um, Sport settings for uncorking V8 noises and adaptive suspension with dialed-up stiffness in the racier modes.
Brakes are 395mm at the front and actually slightly larger at the rear: whopping 398mm discs out back, in fact. Ceramic brakes are an option. This is one serious super-estate. You want the estate. We do.
But while it’s the fastest in terms of top speed, if we’re talking 0-62 times…