UK Getting Rear-Wheel Drive 2017 Alpina B7

The brand new Alpina B7 will celebrate its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in xDrive all-wheel drive form, but in the UK, the super saloon will be offered exclusively with rear-wheel drive.

Alpina said that new B7 will be available in the UK in very limited numbers, with prices currently estimated as starting around £115,000.

The B7 is now in its third-generation and uses a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine delivering 600 hp between 5,750 and 6,250 rpm and 590 lb-ft of torque from a relatively low 3,000 rpm. All of this power and torque is transferred to the rear wheels thanks to an 8-speed automatic transmission developed alongside ZF.

While the full-sized luxury sedan is far from lightweight, in rear wheel drive form, it can still accelerate to 100km/h (62mph) in a scarce 4.0 seconds, or 0.3 seconds slower than the xDrive version, with which it shares the same 311 km/h (193 mph) top speed.

Other key performance-oriented modifications that separate the B7 from all other 7-Series models are new adaptive dampers, four-wheel steering, a pair of active anti-roll bars and beefed up front and rear brakes.

From a design standpoint, Alpina’s latest creation brings some aggression to the 7-Series but is far from over-bearing and stands out thanks to the new front and rear bumpers, multi-spoke wheels and flared side skirts.