Alpina unveils the latest generation of its flagship B7, a more luxurious and more powerful BMW 7 Series alternative.
|Engine||Power||Torque||0-100kph||Top speed||Weight||Basic price|
|V8, TwinPower Turbo, 4395cc||608hp @ 5750-6250rpm||800Nm (590lb ft) @ 3000-5000rpm||3.7secs||310kph||2110kg (288hp/ton)||TBC|
Fresh(ish) on the heels of the new BMW 7 Series, Alpina has now launched its most refined model yet, the new B7. The new model, first teased in a short clip a few days ago, will make its international debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
The new B7, built atop the latest G11 generation 7 Series, is the latest iteration of Alpina’s range-topper, in-keeping with the company’s policy that dates back its foundation in 1965. The Buckloe-based brand rebuilds BMWs to its own specifications with higher levels of luxury and performance.
Consequently, BMW’s established 4.4-litre twin turbo V8 remains intact, though power has been pushed from 450hp to a quite staggering 608hp, while torque hits a whalloping 590lb ft (800Nm) from 479lb ft. The V8’s additional guts comes courtesy of a new air intake system, air filter housings and intake manifold, while a stainless steel Alpina exhaust system has also been installed for a beefier soundtrack. The new B7 thus hits 310kph at full chat, and murders 0-100kph in just 3.7 seconds. That’s the same as an Aston Martin V12 Vantage S.
BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system remain intact (albeit rear-biased), while the V8 is mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The suspension has also undergone a bit of fine-tuning for improved road holding, while Classic design 20in alloys are clad with Michelin Pilot Super Sports for additional bite. The whole 2110kg package is slowed thanks to a new high performance braking system.
Exterior and interior changes over the base 7 Series are moderate, though the B7 does equip some traditional Alpina tinsel such as twin-tailpipes, optional green and blue metallic paints, and those traditional racing stripes. There’s also an individual model plaque, just in case those ‘Alpina’ badges aren’t enough to remind you that you’re driving a more expensive 7 Series.
Prices have yet to be announced, though it’s a safe bet the 750’s $156,500 starting price will be leapfrogged. We’ll find out more in Geneva.
Source – ALPINAAutomobiles
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