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New Alpina BMW challenges Hellcat Charger’s MPH record

by Patrick Rall on

The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is the fastest 4-door production sedan in the world with an official top speed of 204 miles per hour and so far, no other dealership in the world could say that they offered a factory-built car that would hit that magic number. However, BMW’s high performance partners at Alpina have announced a new limited edition model to celebrate their 50th anniversary of BMW performance and this new B5 Bi Turbo Edition 50 will reportedly tickle the Charger’s top speed record.

alpina edition 50 pair

The first Alpina BMW was introduced back in 1965 so in 2015, Alpina is celebrating their 50th anniversary of building the highest performance BMW vehicles. To recognize this anniversary in the best way that they know how, Alpina has rolled out a trio of new Edition 50 models based on the B5 and B6 Bi Turbo models. There will be 50 B6 coupes and a total of 50 B5 sedans and wagons, with all 100 cars offering incredible levels of performance coupled with premium BMW luxury, but we are most interested in the Alpina B5 Bi Turbo Edition 50, which will use a 591 horsepower twin turbo V8 to reach an official top speed of 328 kilometers per hour – or 203.81 miles per hour.

alpina edition 50 b5 front

In theory, that number rounds up to the same 204mph top speed as the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. However, there are a few key points that should be considered if BMW tries to challenge the Hellcat Charger’s sedan top speed record.

alpina edition 50 b5 wheel

First, the Alpina B5 Bi Turbo Edition 50 is basically a limited edition package of an already very low production sedan. With just 50 units being split up between the sedan and sport wagon, this 591hp BMW may not meet production number requirements for an official world record. It appears that the Edition 50 B5 Bi Turbo might not be sold in the US while the Hellcat Charger isn’t slated to be sold in Europe, so outside of media comparisons, there is a chance that we won’t see these cars ever meet head to head.

alpina edition 50 b5 rear

Next, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat top speed record is a verified record that was reached through a two lap average. The Charger actually went over 206 miles per hour on its record run, but with the average system – which accounts for wind, track slope or any other directional variables – the Charger “only” hit an official top speed of 204mph. Plus, Alpina states that the Edition 50 B5 will hit 203.81 miles per hour, so in theory, the boosted up BMW might come up just short of the 707hp Charger.

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Finally, the Alpina B5 Bi Turbo Edition 50 is considerably more expensive than the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. The limited edition BMW starts at $128,468, while the Hellcat Charger starts at $63,290. That price difference would allow you to buy two Hellcat Chargers at MSRP and still have $1,888 leftover rather than buying the new Edition 50 Alpina B5. So, even if BMW can apply to the production record requirements and use the two run average method to match the Charger SRT Hellcat’s record of 204 miles per hour – it will do so at twice the cost and only in Europe.

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.


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