Four-wheel-drive, 600bhp Alpina B7 xDrive gets host of upgrades; sales will commence in the summer
11 February 2019

Just weeks after BMW detailed the facelifted 7 Series, Alpina has released the first information on its performance-focused B7 version ahead of sales beginning in the summer.

The B7 follows on from the outgoing model by using BMW’s established 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V8, making an even 600bhp and 590lb ft of torque. That translates to a 0-60mph time of 3.5sec and a top speed that doesn't just crack the magic 200mph but exceeds it by 5mph. That’s the same as the Ferrari 488 GTB.

Of course, those figures are the same as the outgoing B7, but it looks like all European cars will now be offered solely with xDrive four-wheel drive. This, alongside an engine management upgrade that brings a 1000rpm-lower torque peak, shaves 0.5sec off the 0-62mph time, bringing it down to 3.5sec. 

Other mechanical changes include special high-volume, interlinked intercoolers to help ensure the car’s thermodynamic stability and an eight-speed automatic gearbox that offers shifts claimed to be “considerably quicker” than the old B7's.

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A stainless steel Alpina exhaust system is said to reduce both back pressure and weight, while the usual active sound system allows different volume engine notes depending on the mode. Revised brakes with braking-by-wire technology also feature.

All B7 xDrive models make use of a revised air suspension system with Active Roll Stabilisation, rear-axle steering and 'Active Comfort Drive’ anticipatory chassis control. Collecting data from driving style analysis, alongside the sat-nav and front-facing camera, this is claimed to significantly increase ride comfort over lesser 7 Series models. 

As expected, the B7’s styling features the significantly enlarged grille of the updated 7 Series, alongside the usual Alpina styling touches and updated interior technology.

US pricing has been confirmed at $141,700 (£110,000), but it’s not yet clear yet how that will translate to UK cars.

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11 February 2019

That grille is just ridiculous

XXXX just went POP.

11 February 2019
typos1 wrote:

That grille is just ridiculous

apparantly they run out of bonnet!


Whatever happens, don't get an electric.

11 February 2019

No offence to Alpina. But that is still an abomination of a car.

11 February 2019

It looks like something Judge Dredd would roll up in.

I would not buy it with real money, but i would love somebody to give me it as a company car.

11 February 2019
Locknload66 wrote:

It looks like something Judge Dredd would roll up in.

I would not buy it with real money, but i would love somebody to give me it as a company car.

 

so true...i would be happy in the drivers seat but not if i had payed for it. Not to keen on the new front to be fair.

11 February 2019

  Not a looker we know, but, will it sell?, or is that too obvious?, and to whom do we think will buy?

Peter Cavellini.

11 February 2019

I know the answer to that question Peter, at least down here in SW Florida. I work at an upscale retirement community, entry price circa $10million and up. There are two Alpina B7 (previous gen obviously) one driven by an old lady, the other by a husband and wife couple. When I engage these people in conversation about their 'nice' cars they are usually indifferent. The 'lady' driver just wanted the most expensive 7 series (that was her only concern) and the husband and wife saw it in the showroom and 'thought it looked nice'. And thats just fine by me.

12 February 2019
Peter Cavellini wrote:

  Not a looker we know, but, will it sell?, or is that too obvious?, and to whom do we think will buy?

It'll be a man in his mid 50s. He will be a multimillionare. It will be one of many cars and it wont be the most expensive that he owns. He will be a lawyer and the kind of person that drives at 45mph on motorways in case he he damages his car.

12 February 2019

Car journos are always writing that an Alpina is a discerning customers' choice, that they build cars that are discrete, prioritise handling and comfort over track performance and wild, tyre-flailing oversteer (the preserve of BMW's M division...).  If that is the case then presumably they will also give their clients the opportunity to replace the Lecter-like grille on this B7 with something smaller.

12 February 2019
Alpina normally make BMW's tasteful, but they've struggled with this.

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