BMW’s decision not to build a new generation of the all famous M7 left many fans sad to this day. However, fans can take consolation from the new generation of the BMW Alpina B7. The model made its debut at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show and has set a new performance standard in the luxurious sports saloons segment.
The new 2017 BMW Alpina B7 with extraordinary performance of a whopping 600 horses which enables it to run from standstill to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds can put many dedicated sports cars to shame. This is courtesy of the automakers tuner “Alpina” which has been making BMW models run faster for over half a decade now. Read along to find out more on this supercar in sedan sheet-metals;
2017 BMW Alpina B7 Exterior
The exterior is very stylish and modern characterized by an athletic flair and elegance. The sedan is very aerodynamic which point at its huge performance. The designers of the model managed to craft a perfect balance between the front and rear spoilers which has enhanced its powerful aura.
The sedan features either an Alpina blue metallic or Alpina green metallic paint finish. These two color trims are particularly reserved for BMW-Alpina tuned models. Buyers can however choose BMW individual paint finishes.
At the front, the vehicle features the signature BMW kidney grille with double chromed vertical slats. It is flanked by adaptive LED headlights. The grille is integrated with an air flap control system which opens when needed to cool the engine and shuts to reduce the level of aerodynamic drag to improve efficiency. The front also features a redesigned bumper integrated with LED fog lights.
At the rear, the 2017 BMW Alpina B7 is hooked up with an Alpina sports exhaust system with two elliptical twin tailpipes further showing its massive performance capability. The pipes are cleverly fixed in the rear apron resulting in a clean and elegant rear look.
The model also comes with the famous Alpina Deco-set (decorative stripes) which is very important in Alpina heritage. The stripes which come in either silver or gold can be applied on the front and/or on the sides.
To finish off an excellent design is a set of 20-spoke 20-inch Alpina classic light alloy wheels. 21-nch wheels are offered as an option.
2017 BMW Alpina B7 Interior
Sliding inside you will find a lavish design featuring latest BMW technologies. Add an array of Alpina attributes and the cabin becomes a luxurious haven. The cabin features an exclusive Alpina trim featuring a modern piano polish or fine wood with B7 logos. For extra dose of luxury, you can go for the finest Lavalina trim or even a sporty carbon leather trim.
The instrument cluster features a slight blue background contrasted with red needles. Its speedometer is perfectly placed and is easy to read at any time. The speedometer is also supported by an extra digital speed display. The steering wheel on the B7 is hand-finished and is wrapped in fine Lavalina leather with a traditional Blue and green traditional stitching. All seats are heated with the driver and front passenger seats featuring lumbar support and a massaging function.
The steering wheel is also integrated with ergonomic Switch-Tronic shift buttons on the rear side. Buyers will have an option to customize the steering wheel.
Other features include metal emblems on seat backrests and also on floor mats, custom tread plates and embossing to name just but a few. Technology features such as Bluetooth connectivity, Smartphone integration will be availed along with a quality infotainment system integrates Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and a navigation system.
The vehicle will also be offered with dynamic traction control, dynamic stability control, ABS, a rearview camera and a package of driving aids that includes lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring ,tire-pressure monitoring, electro-mechanical parking brake and forward collision warning among others.
Engine Specs and Performance
With competitors having had upped the power game, BMW engineers too had to improve things under the hood and make it produce more juice. This is despite the current model being no slouch at 540 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque.
Alpina engineers used the latest xDrive and tweaked the twin-turbocharged V-8 mill to produce a whopping 600 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. This engine is also shared with the 750i but unlike the Alpina B7, The 750i unit produces 445 hp. The engine is also mated to the 750i sourced 8-speed automatic transmission which has been modified with Alpina’s shift programs.
Now, with that huge power upgrade, it means performance numbers must be incredible. The sedan hits 0-60 mph in a quick 3.6 seconds up from on its way to a 193 mph top speed. This makes this full-size luxurious sedan quicker than many sports cars. The impressive performance is enhanced by the addition of Alpina’s own intake intercooler as well as a new turbocharger design.
Price and release date
During the launch, both BMW and Alpina remained tightlipped about the new B7 price only disclosing that pricing details will be announced when the model nears sale date. Expect the model to cost slightly more than the current Alpina B7 Biturbo which starts at $ 164,902 and €147,300 in Europe.
The new Jaguar XJ which goes on sale this year will be the major rival of the Alpina B7. The Alpina B7 will also have to contend with the 2016 Audi S8 Plus which is already on sale. The Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 will also have something to say in this high-dollar sedan market segment.