So far, the closest we’ve got to a BMW M7 is with the Alpina B7 which has been built for quite some time now. If you’re unfamiliar with the name, the Alpina is a custom car manufacturer which base all of their models on current generation BMW cars. This means that there is also a B3, based on the 3 Series, as well as a B5. Unlike the BMW cars they’re built on, the Alpina cars are more refined, faster and usually quite a bit more expensive. This is exactly the case with their latest creation, the 2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive, their current flagship model which is based on the latest BMW 7 Series.
While this time around BMW is offering a high performance model with the 760Li M, the Alpina is faster as well as better looking and to top it all off, similarly expensive as well.
What’s new for 2017 Alpina B7?
The platform the 2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive is based on is the latest modular platform BMW has to offer. This will or already underpins most of their sedan cars and it is around 50% more rigid than before as well as a bit lighter. On top of the added bonuses of the new platform, Alpina adds to the mix a new suspension system which can move the car, up or down, by up to 1.6 inches in order to allow it to get past obstacles on the road or to be more aerodynamic at high speed.
The wheels are unique as well and while the design may be well known from their other models, the new wheels are up to 6 pounds lighter than those found on the 7 Series. Also, the car’s brakes have been improved considerably over the base model while the steering column received an update in order to offer the driver more feedback.
Aggressive & Inspired Design
Refined & Modern Interior
Inside the cabin, the B7 is clearly a top of the range BMW with the usual BMW dashboard look and the massive iDrive display mounted on the center console. In order to improve the experience, the car now has a digital instrument cluster boasting new analogue dials with blue backgrounds that will change depending on how the car is driven. Also, the steering wheel is unique to the Alpina and it features their already trademark blue and green stitching as well as a really soft leather.
The dashboard has been wrapped in leather as well while the usual aluminum or wood inserts have been replaced by either Myrtle luxury wood or by ceramic inserts which really elevate the feel of the interior.
On the outside, the car received the usual Alpina treatment, so while the shape of the car hasn’t changed much over the base model, it now received new front and rear bumpers with chrome accents, new 21 inch rims wrapped in Michelin Super Sport tires, dual twin-exhaust pipes at the back as well as a subtle rear spoiler.
The Engine range & Specs
Under the hood of the 2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive there is the same 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8 that can be found on the lesser BMW 750i. However, in order to meet its customers’ standards, the engine has been upgraded with new pistons, larger turbochargers as well as a new exhaust system. The end result is a 4.4 liter V8 which makes as much as 600 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque which are all routed via a tweaked 8 speed ZF automatic to all four wheels.
This means that this massive luxury car can hit 60 MPH in as little as 3.6 seconds and it will accelerate up to a top speed of 193 MPH.
2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive Price
The ordering process is a bit more different than we’re used to because Alpina will build all of their cars to order. This means that the $140,000 luxury sedan can be customized with different options and upgrades that will perfectly fit the future customer. The bad side of this process is that ordering usually takes a bit more than we’re used to because Alpina will start building the car after the order is finished.
Luckily, it is already available for ordering in the US as well as in Europe and the rest of the World. The US market only gets the long wheelbase version while the rest also get the short wheelbase model which is slightly lighter as well as a bit sportier in appearance.
The biggest rivals are Jaguar XJ and 2016 Audi S8 Plus.