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Alpina Previews 600 Horsepower B7 Sedan

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 BMW_ALPINA_B7_BITURBO_ALLRAD_06offer 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 wheelBMW_ALPINA_B7_BITURBO_ALLRAD_09 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.

 

Alpina Updates 2016 B5 Bi-Turbo, 600 Horsepower And Refinement Highlight 2016 Changes

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 BMW_ALPINA_B5_BITURBO_08radiator, 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 availableBMW_ALPINA_B5_BITURBO_06 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.