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BMW Alpina B10


BMW Alpina B10

In 1988 BMW launched their all-new 5 Series and soon after that Alpina, a German tuning firm specializing in BMWs, set about a 535i model. Starting with the suspension, they lowered it by half an inch then added Bilstein shocks and stronger anti-roll bars. To further improve the handling, Alpina 8x17-inch (203x432mm) 20-spoke alloys were fitted, which made the car stand out as the 535i came with 15-inch (381mm) wheels. Body styling was kept to a minimum, with a deep front spoiler and subtle trunk spoiler plus Alpina badges. The drive train was modified by taking the engine up in compression and giving it a hotter camshaft and hand-ported cylinder head. A twin turbocharged Bi-Turbo version was available which made 360bhp (268kW). To further improve acceleration, the rear end gears were changed, bringing the top end speed down, but it was still a very capable highspeed tourer.

BMW Alpina B10 Specifications

Top Speed:157 mph (251 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):7.0 sec
Engine type:In-line six
Displacement:209 ci (3,430 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:254 bhp (189 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
Max torque:240 lb ft (325 Nm) @ 4,000 rpm
Weight:3,395 lb (1,543 kg)
Economy:21 mpg (7.5 km/I)
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