This magnificent BMW Alpina B7 Turbo could be yours

Remember when hot sedans could outpace supercars?

This is an Alpina E28 B7 Turbo, based on the 1987 BMW M5, and it was built at a time when fast sedans like this one would easily outpace supercars.

The good news is this Alpina B7 in Schwarz Blue Metallic is for sale with the Enthusiast Car Group. The bad news is the price isn't quoted, it just says "call for price", which probably means it's a million billion.

This B7 was originally introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1987 and it has lived in Japan until 2015, when it was imported into the States. It is powered by a 3.5 L six-cylinder engine, coupled with a five-speed manual, but Alpina made a few changes.

They've upgraded the engine with lightweight pistons, a new cylinder head and new camshafts, a new performance exhaust and a turbocharger. The 3.5 now puts out 320 hp and 384 lb-ft, good enough for a 0-60 time of 6.2 seconds and a top speed of 163 mph.

Other mechanical changes include an Alpina oil cooler and a limited-slip diff. The tank is bigger than it is in the "standard" M5, and so are the brakes and new 17-inch wheels. Inside, you'll find an 80s style cockpit with air conditioning, seats made of cloth (yes, please), Alpina badges here and there and an Alpina plaque, too.

This car has done 59,345 miles and it is very, very rare. Only 278 units were built in total and this is only one of four examples with a manual transmission. It has done 59,345 miles.

But if you can't afford the car itself, but are still a bit of a BMW-Alpina nut, why not treat yourself to this gorgeous coffee table book celebrating 50 Years of BMW Alpina Automobiles. Click here to order yours now.

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Comments (19)

  • Gosh, cloth seats are SO underrated. I never understood why anybody would want leather seats in the first place. Too cold in the winter. Too hot in the summer. Disgustingly slippery. Hard to clean. Need to be treated so they don't develop annoying cracks after some time. All just because they are more expensive? I don't get it. (yes, Alcantara is nice, but that's basically cloth too)

      1 year ago
    • they are! I'm no big fan of leather either. It looks and feels great in a luxury car but I feel like sportscars deserve cloth or Alcantara

        1 year ago
    • Cloth isn’t as resistant as leather.

      Cloth don’t look as good as leather.

      Leather isn’t cold in winter (heated seats).

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        1 year ago
  • I always liked the 80’s BMW’s, good lineup

      1 year ago
  • I can hear Chris Harris drooling from here.

      1 year ago
  • E28 is simply Awesome, the best Beemer for me. Always enjoyed my 87 e28 535i naturally asperated. Geared down from 5th to 3rd and accelerated from 200kph easy, leaving the exhaust spitting sparks and twin flames. Loved it.

      1 year ago
  • Always been an e30 fan. This is the ultimate., and love the seats! Of course you can by solid 325s for a pittance, especially if they have a broken cam belt, and build something for an order of magnitude less that would be a blast, that you could actually drive fast without worry. E30s are drying up. Time to buy!

      1 year ago