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Didn’t you drive one of these a couple weeks ago? Kinda. That was an Alpina D5 S – ‘D’ for diesel. This one’s a B5, and it’s the one you want. Largely because it’ll do 205mph. 205mph?! But it’s a 5 Series! Yep, 205mph. And 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds, all thanks to a “substantially revised” version of BMW’s twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8. Alpina bins BMW’s twin-turbos and adds its own, twin-scroll items, fits a new intake system, radiators wherever they’ll fit and upgrades the eight-speed ZF auto (which sends drive to all four wheels) with a bigger torque converter and strengthened gears. The result is a nice, round 600bhp and 590lb ft. Adequate numbers, no? Now, BMW makes its own, fast all-wheel drive 5 Series. It’s called the M5. You might have heard of it. It too has a 4.4-litre, twin-turbocharged V8, only with 592bhp and 553lb ft. BMW claims 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds, and while the top speed is limited to 155mph (or 189mph if you get the Driver’s Package), we’re in no doubt that it too is a 200mph car. M5s start at £89,705. The Alpina? £89,000. This one is optioned to £102K, which given the performance on offer isn’t entirely unreasonable.