This is the BMW wagon we're pining for

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Each time we've passed by the B5 BiTurbo Touring, the Alpina-tuned 5 Series wagon, here at Geneva, we've let out a little whimper. And why shouldn't we? With a 507 HP and 516 lb-ft o' torque BMW twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 powerplant under the hood, it's hard for your pants not to tighten when you see this power wagon.

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The only stopping point is the ZF slushbox handling all that power. We'd prefer a manny tranny, but beggars can't be choosers.

Especially as we're never going to get it here in the United States — despite the fact Alpina does have the B7 sedan here — until BMW gets it through their Teutonic skulls that they should disregard 'merica consumer preferences and bring the 5 Series wagon to this great nation of ours. Until that day, all we can do is whimper.

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Whimper with us as you flip through the images in the gallery above.

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I'm sorry. Maybe this is some kind of automotive blasphemy, but I reallyl don't get the attraction so many jalopniks apparentlly have to station wagons. Call them "shooting brakes" all you want, I have always viewed station wagons as tantamount to a minivan, biturbo or not. Maybe it's becasue I don't have kids and I don't have a bunch of stuff to haul around all the time, IDK... and I'm not trying to be offensive, I just don't understand, I am ignorant of the appeal of this vehicle. Given a choice, I would rather have a plethora of vehicles over this. Yes, it is an attractive car, and it may have 500+ hp/tq, but at the end of the day you probably need all that power just to make it get out of its own way. To give you some ammunition, my ideal vehicle is a small, lightweight coupe, two seats, manual 6 speed, around 2500 pounds, rear wheel drive, with say, 350 hp/tq...ish. Basically, pretty much any TVR. Let the stoning begin...