Tired of the long wait and the distant promises of a M badged 7 Series? Alpina is listening, and it believes that it has a 600 horsepower alternative that’s just right for your driveway.
Known officially as the 2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive, the car is the latest creation from Alpina which is BMW’s preferred tuning house. Like their other models the B7 was designed to offer buyers a suite of customization features that are designed to seamlessly coexist with the factory build. In the case of the B7, Alpina engineers tweaked key components of the familiar 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8 which now produces 600 horsepower and an equally stout 590 lb-ft of torque. All of this elegantly ferocious muscle is channeled to all four wheels through an eight speed automatic which allows the car to vault to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds (0.8 seconds quicker than its predecessor) and a top speed of 193 mph.
These figures are impressive especially since they were once considered exclusive to supercars not that long ago. In addition, they also hold up well against rivals such as the Jaguar XJR, Audi S8 Plus, and the Mercedes-AMG S63. Granted, the Audi does make a bit more power and torque, but the B7 is still better than the Benz, and it completely eclipses the Jaguar and the Maserati Quattroporte GTS.
In addition to its potent muscle, the B7 can also get its dance moves on when pushed thanks to an air suspension system with adaptive dampers, active roll bars, and four wheel steering. Sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires mounted on 20-inch Alpina exclusive rims help generate maximum grip while oversized brakes help bring the car to a stop from any speed.
The exterior and interior design retains much of what debuted in the current generation 7 Series, but the B7 stands out thanks to a model exclusive aero kit, as well as more opulent materials for the cabin. Look for the cabin to also benefit from Alpina’s full range of optional accessories and bring even more exclusivity to the overall package.
While the end result may not wear a formal M7 badge (an item enthusiasts have been wanting for years) the Alpina badge still has a unique reputation that has withstood the test of time for over 50 years and has been a hit with buyers looking for a bit more exclusivity and fun from their BMW purchase. Look for the 2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive to make its formal debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March with full pricing and other details being released ahead of its launch in fall. In the meantime, Alpina has released a brief video of the B7 in action which can be seen below.
In a surprise announcement released earlier this week, Texas based Delorean Motor Company (DMC) revealed that it will resume production of the iconic DMC-12 sports car next year.
The company did not originally design the DMC-12, but rather it acquired all the tooling and spare parts that were leftover from the original Delorean Motor Company when it and its creator John Z. Delorean fizzled out of the market in the 1980’s. The company had been selling new fully restored DMC-12s since 1997. But a recently passed law that allowed low production automakers to sell complete turn key cars helped pave the way for DMC’s shift into formal vehicle production.
Buyers looking to dust off their flux capacitors and anti-gravity shoes from years of basement storage will be pleased to hear that the replica DMC-12 will retain the distinctively 80’s styling that made the original car a cult classic. However, it will also benefit from modern technology thanks to a suite of upgrades including better brakes, bigger wheels, as well as a decidedly more modern interior featuring higher quality materials.
Performance hardware will also be updated for the 21st century with DMC pitching the wheezy and problem plagued 2.8 liter PRV V6 for a modern V6 that will be tuned to make 350 to 400 horsepower. The company does not have a formal engine supplier as of yet, but company executives are talking with two possible suppliers including, perhaps ironically, GM so formal performance figures will not be avalible until an agreement is reached. If GM is indeed chosen as the supplier, we suspect that the company’s familiar naturally aspirated 3.6 liter V6 will be the prime candidate for the DMC-12 due to its proven track record in the Chevrolet Camaro and select Cadillac models.
Production of the newly updated DMC-12 will formally kick off early next year with the company only building 325 examples annually (the maximum amount allowed by the new law.) Each copy will start at $100,000 before options are factored into the equation. Buyers that are not too keen on spending BMW grade money on a Delorean can still opt for the fully restored version, which starts at a much lower $50,000.
The Terlingua racing team was a formidable crew of talent during their heyday out on the racetrack with the team establishing this reputation in 1967 when they won the Trans Am championship. Shelby American has chosen to pay homage to this milestone with a limited edition Mustang model.
Known as the Terlingua Edition, this model is based on the V8 Mustang GT which is a break in tradition from past models where they were powered by V6’s. The latest iteration uses a highly modified version of the 5.0 liter V8 which now produces 750 horsepower (a gain of 315 horsepower versus the stock GT.) A big chunk of this gain was achieved by using a Whipple supercharger which is a popular add on in the muscle car market. The car also boasts distinctive exterior styling and features 20-inch Weld brand alloy wheels, Borla exhaust system with black tips, carbon fiber trim pieces, and the trademark yellow and black paint job that is a subtle nod to the 60’s racer that serves as its inspiration.
Performance specifications have not been released as of yet, but considering that the stock GT makes the sprint to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, Look for the Terlingua Edition to cleave a significant chunk from that figure, while also increasing overall top speed which would make the car a formidable opponent out on the drag strip.
However being a straight line missile is not this car’s only talent, Shelby engineers also made sure that the car could get its groove on in twisty sections of road thanks to an all new set of adjustable coilovers, a Terlingua exclusive sway bar, and massive Brembo brakes for all four wheels. This allows the Terlingua to be highly adaptable, while also catering to a wider range of driving enthusiasts.
Shelby American will only be building 50 examples of the Terlingua Edition Mustang with each one featuring a base MSRP of $65,999 which of course does not include the cost of the donor vehicle.
Iconic BMW tuner Alpina has revealed the suite of updates it has in store for the 2016 B5 Bi-Turbo and enthusiasts should be pleased with what they see.
A key change is found under the hood of the B5 where a tweaked version of the 4.4 liter V8 engine that now produces 600 horsepower and 591 lb-ft of torque. This is thanks in part to a pair of all new Alpina sourced turbochargers as well as lightweight pistons, a bigger oil radiator, and a high capacity fuel system. A bigger oil radiator and three intercoolers also spice things up and help improve oil flow and engine cooling. The end result is a swift 4.2 0 to 60 time as well as a higher 204 mph top speed that is right at home on the Autobahn. An eight speed automatic transmission serves as the sole transmission choice but we lament the lack of an optional stick shift.
Buyers can order the B5 either as a station wagon or a sedan with both configurations featuring standard adjustable suspension, active roll stabilization software, and a mechanical limited slip differential. The exterior styling features typical Alpina cues including the signature Alpina Classic rims, a custom body kit, and decals on both sides of the car.
The interior of the B5 also receives an upgrade, and transforms the already handsome cabin of the base 5 series into a posh environment with supple Merino leather upholstery, piano lacquer trim as well as a model exclusive instrument cluster. Every option that is available on the mainstream 5 Series is standard on the B5, and well heeled buyers can choose options from Alpina’s customization department to create a car that is truly unique especially when viewed alongside another B5.
The 2016 Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo is currently on sale in Europe with German buyers paying €108,600 ($115,400) while the wagon starts at a more bargain friendly €111,900 (119,000.) Currently Alpina does not have any plans to offer this model in the U.S. due to our country’s stricter emission laws, but that could change if demand is strong enough from U.S. customers.