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
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