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Mar
30

Alpina B5 S Sounds Brutal with Supersprint Exhaust – Video

It’s hard to believe that less than 10 years ago, Alpina was offering the B5 S model based on the E60/E61 5 Series that could deliver more power than the legendary V10-powered M5. And yet that doesn’t make it any less true.

Just like today when we have the Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe sprinting faster to 100 km/h (62 mph) than the M6 Gran Coupe, back in those days, the same was happening with other Alpina and M cars. The B5 S Alpina though, was something else.

Based on the 545i model and using its 4.4-liter V8 to start with, the Alpina engineers managed to squeeze no less than 530 HP and 725 Nm (535 lb-ft) of torque out of it. As you probably guessed by now, it wasn’t a fair contest as the Bovensiepen’s creation used a supercharger to get so far ahead but even so, the performance was uncanny back in the day.

Alpina B5 S

Alpina B5 S

Acceleration from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) took just 4.6 seconds in sedan guise and 4.7 seconds for the Touring model while the top speed was nudging on the 200 mph (320 km/h) threshold. To do that with a car this size is still a remarkable feat.

And while some would argue that you’d be better off with the E60/E61 M5 just for the thrill of driving a 5-liter V10 alone, some people would actually prefer the sound of a V8. That’s not to take away any of the credit of the incredible S85 engine but when it comes to taste, the old Latin ‘de gustibus non est disputandum’ saying applies perfectly.

Therefore, there was a niche market open for those looking to offer a bespoke exhaust for owners of an Alpina B5 S model. One of the manufacturers that built such contraptions was and still is Supersprint.

The Italian tuner just released a video of a car fitted with one of their custom-made exhausts and it sounds just brutal, as you’re about to see.

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