The updated BMW 7 Series has already spun off a couple new plug-in hybrids and now encourages a revised Alpina B7 to come to market.
This is the sixth generation of B7 from customizer Alpina, and the third version to be available for sale in North America. Built on the all-wheel drive version of BMW’s 7 Series flagship sedan, the newest version features the 4.4-litre biturbo V-8, tuned to deliver 600 hp and generate 590 lb-ft of torque (fully available from 2,000-5,000 rpm). Zero to 100 km/h takes less than four seconds, and top speed is 330 km/h.
Power is delivered to all four wheels via BMW’s 8-speed Steptronic automatic, which has been appropriately tuned to handle the increased power outputs. The car is halted by 4-wheel discs, located inside 8.5 x 20-inch and 10 x 20-inch Alpina Classic wheels (front and rear, respectively) that are shod with 255/40 ZR20 front and 295/35 ZR20 Michelin performance tires.
But it’s not just about power and speed, the Alpina B7 xDrive also takes a step forward in smoothness and responsiveness. The car has been lowered by about a half inch (15 mm), with the use of the Alpina Sport+ chassis settings.
Using the BMW air suspension (which can change floor height over a range of 35.5 mm) with dynamic damper control and active comfort drive (with road preview, to allow it to adjust to upcoming road imperfections and driving style) and active roll stabilization, it tracks evenly and smoothly to offer the highest level of driving comfort and precise handling, further enhanced by rear wheel steering.
The appearance is slightly modified from that of the revised 7 Series (which already gets a larger kidney grille and slimmer headlights), with a new front bumper with air intakes, free-floating Alpina graphics, a horizontal character line and a deck-lid spoiler. Twin elliptical tailpipes finish off the exterior (which will be available in Alpina Blue and Alpina Green, in addition to other 7 Series choices).
The interior features Nappa leather on multifunctional comfort seats (upgraded with quilting or to Merino leather), leather instrument panel, ceramic appointments on controls, optional rear executive-lounge seating (climate controls and multi-adjustable heated and ventilated massaging seats) and rear entertainment with a Touch-Command removable tablet.
The Lavalina leather wrapped steering wheel is stitched in blue and green, while Piano or Myrtle Luxury wood add subtlety and craftsmanship. It’s finished off with Alpina B7 model inscriptions and an individual production plaque.
Also added is an advanced full-colour digital instrument display and a host of driving aids all leading toward autonomous driving, including camera and radar monitoring to enable systems such as the collision and pedestrian warning with braking mitigation, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, rear collision preparedness, rear cross traffic alert.
Other features include active cruise night vision display, head-up display, control with stop/go technology, steering and traffic jam assist, automatic lane changing, parking assist and speed-limit sign recognition.
Notable options include Panoramic Sky Lounge LED roof, and Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, among others.
Launch is set for the third quarter of 2019, with prices starting at $141,700 US.