The New Alpina B7 Is A Buttery Smooth Missile That Oozes Perfection

The fastest iteration of the BMW 7-Series that can be bought from an official dealer isn’t really a BMW but an Alpina. An Alpina B7 to be exact.

Alpina took the familiar twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 and then upgraded it with a pair of its own twin-scroll turbos, intercooler, air intake and high-performance cooling system. The results are 600hp and 590lb-ft of peak torque, with 494lb-ft available from just 2,000rpm.

The engine uses special Mahle pistons and NGK spark plugs as well, with Alpina’s bespoke stainless steel sports exhaust with active valves specifically designed to reduce back pressure and of course weight.

You can’t call the B7 a tuned version of the standard car; Alpina presents itself as a separate company that focuses on turning regular BMWs into super-sophisticated and refined missiles.

They retune or upgrade almost every component of the chassis to meet their standards, including the air suspension, the rear wheel steering, the driving modes, everything to ensure that the B7 meets the expectations of their demanding client base. Even the xDrive all-wheel drive system has been recalibrated by Alpina for a more dynamic handling character and increased agility.

Inside there’s high-end Nappa leather covering almost everything, ceramic inserts, Alpina’s own wood trim and an individual production plaque among other to remind you that you’re not sitting in a regular BMW, as regular a 7-Series can be considered.

There’s also another way of reminding you that this is no ordinary 7-Series: mash the throttle to the thick carpet and experience a 0-60 in 3.6 seconds, keep that pedal buried for long enough and the B7 won’t stop accelerating before it hits 205mph. Alpina says it’s the fastest production four-door model in the market too.

Carlos Lago reviews the new Alpina B7 in the latest Edmunds video so head over there and find out what he had to say about this leather-bound missile from Germany.


  • nice but to much electronics ,(((

  • SteersUright

    Don’t understand the appeal of these Alpina’s. Its like taking a perfectly good sundae and adding 15 more scoops, fudge, nuts, whip cream to the point of senselessness. Its a massive luxury car and its already fast as all hell, definitely as fast as it needs to be. So a 5000lb limousine can hit 200mph? Who the heck cares? I also, personally, dont find any of the Alpina’s good looking. To me they just look like BMW’s with cheesy aftermarket body parts tacked on and totally generic wheels. I’d have the regular 550i and keep the rest of my cash, sorry.

    • alexxx

      you are not in the market for buying bmw7 let alone Alpina B7… right?!

      • SteersUright

        Who cares what Im in the market for?! Just did the question mark thing because you did.
        Im also not in the market for a Ferrari, Audi R8, nor a private Jet, yet I have quite a few opinions on those as well. Is that ok with you?!

        • alexxx

          Just thought IF you were in the market for bmw7 you would probably consider and appreciate alpina b7…
          The thing with people is that it’s never enough…exclusivity,power,luxury,speed,money,pretty women😀,you name it…

          • SteersUright

            I understand your point, it is never enough, which is why the Alpina isn’t exciting to me. Its simply superfluous. I dont think it looks any better. In fact, I think it looks worse than the regular 750i, so I dont see the point and honestly, dont even know how they sell enough of them to justify the investment. Alpina, and companies like it, were truly special when they weren’t just a marketing gimmick, but a separate and exciting, independently run company. Much in the way AMG used to be before every other MB was an “AMG” this or that.

          • alexxx

            I am pretty sure they are not a marketing gimmick…every reviewer I see has a lot of praise for alpinas…they drive better and they feel better…to be honest,I didn’t like their style either but when you see one in the flesh it just looks right…wheels also,in the flesh looking much much better…

          • SteersUright

            I’ve seen many in Miami, such is life here with overpriced cars everywhere and the rest of not able to afford them, haha. However, they never looked good to me. That said, the reviews are generally very positive, you’re right about that. They’re certainly an interesting proposition and a gamble for BMW, so I respect the move. They’re just not appealing to me and there’s way too many other cars I’d rather have for the price.

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