Alpina / BMW M5

Canada misses out on awesome BMWs

As you might now, Canada is not the biggest or the most influential market. Combine that with a very strict eco-friendly set of laws, and you get a very strict and limited market.

And of those cars that actually made it to Cananda, some would feel a bit under-powered because they were de-tuned versions.

Alpina B10 Biturbo

Alpina B10 Biturbo

Inspired by this great injustice, editor Brendan McAleer decided to research and find out which are the Top 5 Grey Market European Exotic Imports. In other words, he wanted to know which are the most desired cars that never got to Canada.

E34 BMW M5 Touring

E34 BMW M5 Touring

The real surprise is that two of these cars belong to BMW. Besides the 1994-1995 Audi RS2, Mercedes-Benz’s Unimog and the 1985-1991 Citroen CX, Canadians seem to miss most the E34 M5 Touring and Alpina’s B10 BiTurbo. The E34 BMW M5 saw the Canadian market, but only as a de-tuned version, sporting a 3.6 liter engine producing 310 Hp instead of the normal 2.8 liter / 340 Hp unit.

E34 BMW M5 Touring

E34 BMW M5 Touring

As for the Alpina B10 Biturbo, the decisive factor that kept the car from the country was the low number of units produced, around 500. That made the car a scarce sight in Canada.


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  1. Lord Vader says:

    Heres the funny thing about that Alpina. Those pictures were taken of the car IN CANADA. That Alpina is sporting a British Columbia (CANADA) license plate. It was for sale in Vancouver a few years back.

  2. Lord Vader says:

    I guess who ever wrote this article isnt very familair with Canada…

    First, the Alpina B10 in that picture is in Canada. Those pictures you used were taken IN CANADA. The car is sporting a British Columbia License plate and was for sale a few years ago in Vancouver.

    Second, Canada got several models that the US was never privy to. The first was the 1994 EuroSpec M3. BMW offered 45 Euro Spec M3’s to Canadians exactly as they could be ordered in Europe at the time. Only 44 made it to Canada as one was damaged during shipping and sent back. We also got the 1995 M540i. Manufactured by BMW M Gmbh, only 32 examples were produced. Unique to the Canadian market, it suceeded the 94 M5.

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