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New B5 price B4 launch

Following a pricing revision of the smaller B3 and B4 last year, Alpina has also adjusted the price of its BMW 5 Seriesbased B5 hyper sedan before the model arrives this month. When the mighty 447kW twinturbo V8 sedan was confirmed for Australia, initial pricing slapped a $239,900 ticket on it but the German tuner has now announced a significant $29,900 reduction. For $210,000, customers are offered a blisteringly quick alternative to the iconic M5, with a little more power, 50Nm more torque and greater exclusivity than the M divisionís $199,900 ultimate 5 Series.

5 TOP Atmo power players

1 FERRARI 812 SUPERFAST

6.5-litre V12 Ė 588kW Ferrariís flagship illustrates the potential of large-capacity, high-revving engines with a monstrous output at 8500rpm. Itís Australiaís fastest car with a top speed in excess of 340km/h.

2 LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR S

6.5-litre V12 Ė 544kW Lamborghini deploys the same capacity as Ferrari to reach slightly lower, though still outlandish outputs, but gets its power to the ground through AWD.

3 AUDI R8 PLUS/LAMBORGHINI HURACAN

5.2-litre V10 - 449kW Audi and Lamborghiniís shared atmo engine drops two cylinders and power compared with the mighty Aventador but has an unforgettable soundtrack.

4 ASTON MARTIN V12 VANQUISH

5.9-litre V12 Ė 421kW It might be as old as the hills, but Astonís V12 is still punching like a heavyweight. Its days are numbered, though: the new twin-turbo 5.2-litre V12 will replace it.

LEXUS RC F/LCF /GSF

5.0-litre V8 Ė 351kW Developed in partnership with Yamaha, the Lexus V8 continues to flex its free-revving muscle and delicious induction note under the bonnet of three models.

Renault initialises king Koleos

Sitting at the top of Renaultís mid-sized SUV line-up is a new flagship offering. Ousting the Intens for the range-topping title, the new Initiale special edition rolls in for a driveaway price of $49,900 and brings a number of goodies. Your neighbours will know you have the cream of the Koleos crop (for what thatís worth) with a unique Black Amethyst paint job, 19-inch alloy wheels, chrome grille and LED headlights. Thereís more kit on the inside, too, with a power tailgate and contrasting stitching for the leather upholstery. Thereís no rush to grab an example as the Initiale is not a limited edition, although the driveaway deal may be.

Limited Kombi nation

Volkswagen is cashing in on the kudos of its iconic camper van with a limited edition Multivan that celebrates 70 years since the original. Priced from $64,990, the Kombi 70 will be limited to just 120 examples in Australia and takes the TDI340 Comfortline as its basis. Compared to its donor, the special costs an extra $12,000 but includes 18-inch alloy wheels that mimic the originalís steel rims, a wood-effect floor, Alcantara upholstery and a third row of seats. Four two-tone paint schemes are on offer to transport you straight back to the 1950s and 60s split-screen era.

Original appeal

Not only does the G olf GTI Or iginal cast a nostalg ic look back t o the landmar k three-door first-generation version, Volkswagen has now confirmed that its pricing is a blast f rom t he past too. Kicking of f from $ 37,490 for the six-sp eed manual Original, an entry level Golf GTI has not been this affordable for 15 years. This relat ive bargain is not expected to last, however, wit h jus t 2 00 example s of the commemorative Golf coming to Australia, bringi ng t he same 169kW, 350Nm 2.0-litre turbo four-banger as t he less exclusive GTI, mi nus adapt ive suspension and keyless entry.

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Based on a 35-year-old male, location Chatswood 2067, Rating 1 For Life, No Finance, Private Use. All prices are subject to AAMIís underwriting guidelines and conditions.