Buyers in the market for a more dynamic version of BMW’s updated 7-Series sedan will soon be able to drive the new Alpina B7 xDrive, scheduled to go on sale in Q3 of this year, priced from $141,700 in the U.S.
If performance is your main concern, know that the 4.4-liter twin turbo V8 engine in the 2020 B7 can deliver 600 HP and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque, allowing you to get from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds, before maxing out at 205 mph (330 km).
Compared to the outgoing B7, the new one is quicker to 60 mph by 0.1 seconds and faster overall by 11 mph (18 km/h). The German tuner also updated the 8-speed automatic transmission’s software, while the custom stainless steel sports exhaust system reduces both back pressure and weight.
Other technical mods include a revised brake system with 4-piston fixed calipers paired to 15.55 x 1.42 inch discs up front, and larger 15.67 x 1.10 inch discs at the rear, Michelin performance tires, 20-inch Alpina Classic wheels (optional 21″ ones available), and a re-calibrated performance oriented xDrive all-wheel drive system, said to increase agility, especially under lateral acceleration.
Sharp and Elegant
The exterior of the 2020 Alpina B7 has been fitted with a new front bumper with functional air intakes, free-floating Alpina lettering and horizontal character lines, custom rear spoiler, quad elliptical tailpipes and exclusive paint finishes such as Alpina Blue Metallic and Green Metallic.
Inside, buyers will find Nappa leather, multi-functional comfort seats, a leather instrument panel, ceramic inserts and soft-close doors as standard. Meanwhile, features like the full-color head-up display, rear view camera and the latest BMW iDrive 7 system are also available. Still, the tuner did ad personal touches such as hand-finished surfaces boasting high-quality Lavalina leather, blue and green stitching on the sports steering wheel, custom inscriptions and individual production plaque, a new Alpina design for the color digital instrument display, contemporary Piano lacquer or classic Myrtle Luxury Wood interior trim, door sills with blue illumination and improved acoustic comfort – laminated glass with an increased thickness of 0.2 inches used on the windscreen, side windows and rear window.
Buyers can also opt for the optional Rear Executive Lounge Seating with Touch Command and Rear-seat entertainment, although it’s the standard equipment list that impresses most: Dynamic Damper Control and two-axle air suspension, Active Comfort Drive with Road Preview, soft-close automatic doors and comfort keyless entry, panoramic sunroof, power rear sunshades, front ventilated and heated multi-contour seats with massage function, heated front seat armrests, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, Harman/Kardon surround sound system, adaptive full LED lights with automatic high beam, wireless charging, gesture control, Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay with 1-year trial and plenty more.
Then there are all the optional extras, like the previously-mentioned Nappa leather and how it’s now available in Mocha and Cognac color choices, Nappa to full Merino leather upgrade in six color combinations, the available Interior Design Package (wood grab handles, Rear Seat Belt Cover in wood trim, Rear Center armrest with wood trim, Luxury Rear Floor Mats and Alcantara Headliner in Coordinated Upholstery Color), Luxury Rear Seating Package (rear ventilated seats, rear comfort seats, heated steering wheel with front & rear Heated seats and armrests, rear massaging seats and 7 inch Touch Command Tablet), and the Rear Executive Lounge Seating Packages, which includes Electric Reclining Seat and Footrest, Executive Lounge Rear Console and Rear-seat entertainment Professional.
As for individually available options, they include the panoramic Sky Lounge LED roof, BMW Laserlight, Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, Rear-seat Entertainment Professional, Night Vison with Pedestrian Detection and 21-inch Alpina Classic wheels.
Last but not least are the standard safety assist systems, which include the Extended Traffic Jam Assistant for limited access highways, Active Blindspot Detection, Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Information, and Rear-Cross-traffic Alert and Collision preparation – all part of the Active Driving Assistant Professional bundle. Meanwhile, standard Parking Assistant Plus means having Active Park Distance Control, a Surround View 3D Camera system and a Back-up Assistant, at your disposal.