Alpina have recently announced local pricing for the newest pair of exclusive luxury entrants into their Australian range, the B5 Touring and the XD3, based on the BMW 5 Series Touring and X3 xDrive 30d respectively.
Starting with the B5 Touring, to which Alpina is now available to order for $217,000 inclusive of the $34,770 luxury car tax. Because the 540i Touring is the most potent variant of the wagon G30 5 Series offered locally, the Alpina handily bests it with its 4.4-litre bi-turbo V8 and 447kW/800Nm output.
The engine matches the sedan variant of the B5 - occasionally called the ‘thinking man’s M5’ - as well as the newly announced B7 and is, of course, analogous to the BMW N63 used throughout the Munich automaker’s line-up, albeit with some Alpina specific upgrades and tuning.
Power is channelled to all four wheels via BMW’s xDrive system and a ZF 8-speed automatic, enabling supercar-chaser acceleration of 3.7 seconds to 100km/h and a top speed of 322km/h. Like the four-door, the Touring comes with the typical Alpina exterior fixtures such as the bolder chin with Alpina emblazoning and the CLASSIC 20-inch wheels.
Moving over to the XD3 ($109,900) with the middle letter there denoting its diesel powertrain, Alpina seems to be catering to the more practical minded with its SUV body and frugal consumption numbers. Despite that, the 3.0-litre inline-6 is equipped with quad turbochargers for some storming performance and relentless torque: 285kW and 770Nm, to be exact.
After ferrying the family back home, the driver can hit a standing start in just 4.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 266km/h. Again, the 8-speed ZF auto and all-wheel drive are brought into play here as well, and the same unmistakable visual cues adorn the XD3’s exterior too, including the 20-inch wheels.