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.