ALPINA B5 (E60)
Monstrous torque and a bespoke feeling mark this out as a classy alternative to an M5…
Cost New £62,850 Price £27,995
Alpina B5 (E60)
On sale at: Silverwood Cars
Engine: 4398cc, 8-cyl, DOHC
Transmission: RWD, 5-speed auto
Top speed: 195mph
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The Alpina B5 was launched in 2005 sporting a supercharged version of the 545i's 4.4-litre V8. The engine was rebuilt by Alpina, yielding 133lb-ft more torque than the E60 M5. The brakes came from a LWB 760Li: there were no bigger discs in the BMW parts bin. It did 0-100mph in 9.5 secs, with 125mph appearing 5 secs later. Just 118 UK cars built.
Alpina B5 S appears in 2008 with 30bhp more and revised suspension. Key to that was the introduction of ElectronIc Damper Control, which allowed for Normal and Sport settings.
A limited-slip differential was a £2500 option. 13 B5 S cars were registered in the UK.