The BMW M5 in E60 form was widely seen as one of the finest four-door saloons ever. The Alpina B5 took things in a different direction, replacing the V10 with a supercharged V8 and the troublesome SMG transmission with a conventional torque converter automatic gearbox. The ace up the Alpina's sleeve was power delivery. Where you had to thrash the M5, the Alpina's supercharged V8 propelled you forward on a relentless wave of torque. The S version had several tweaks to answer a few criticisms but the philosophy under the bonnet was still the same, a thumping, supercharged incarnation of BMW’s familiar glorious V8. It puts out. With 535lb ft of torque this car is an effortless cruiser and overtaking is not only easy but, frankly, fun!
First registered in March 2008 and offered in Deep Sea Blue with stunning Platinum leather this example boasts a full and extensive service history predominantly with BMW with the exceptions of a couple of specialist stamps in the maintenance book. Importantly the supercharger has been replaced and the car is offered in stunning condition throughout and is also supplied with the BMW magazine it was featured in. With just two previous owners, this incredibly rare car is believed to be the only B5 S Touring ever delivered to the UK and with Alpina prices on the rise, is a real collector's item. You can pick up an E60 M5 for £15,000 these days, but you really shouldn't. The very best M5s are the same price as this Alpina - upwards of £20,000 - but the B5 is the better super-saloon. With an MoT test certificate valid until March 2020, this car's condition makes it eminently worthy of a look, and its relative rarity bodes well for the future.