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Click above for high-res gallery of the BMW Alpina B7 Bi-Turbo

All indications are that BMW won't, in the end, be producing an M7 based on its new-generation F01 7 Series. That would've been cool, but before the Mercedes S63 AMG and Audi S8 can breathe a sigh of relief, Bavaria's pseudo-factory partner Alpina has something to say about it, and this is what it spake: the B7 Bi-Turbo – a BMW 7 Series with an attitude. At its heart is a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8, which produces 507 horsepower thanks to larger-vane turbos and a new intercooler, driving through a retuned Switch-Tronic ZF six-speed automatic transmission, and a recalibrated suspension designed to optimize the balance between supercar control and luxury sedan comfort. 4.7 seconds is all it takes to hustle to 60 mph, while custom 21-inch rims riding on conventional rubber replace the stock run-flats and a bespoke leather and wood interior round out the package. You can read more about in the press release after the jump and view all its angles in the gallery below.



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PRESS RELEASE

B7 BITURBO

With the new BMW ALPINA B7 Bi-Turbo, ALPINA presents its fourth generation of automobiles based on the BMW 7 Series. Prominent predecessors include the BMW ALPINA B12 6.0 and B7, which raised the bar in the high-performance luxury saloon segment. Newly interpreted and in every way state-of-the-art, the B7 Bi-Turbo unites exclusiveness, athleticism and comfort in perfect harmony.

Yielding exquisite levels of torque and power from the charged 4.4 litre V8, and in conjunction with the electronically-adjustable suspension with active roll stabilisation, the B7 Bi-Turbo promises to offer a spectrum of driving experiences so varied as to be unheard of in this class of automobiles.

The evolution of the traditional 20-spoke 21" ALPINA CLASSIC wheels underline the fresh design language found throughout the B7 Bi-Turbo and impart it a distinctive appearance and powerful stance.

Powertrain
The Bi-Turbo model designation that now graces this flagship BMW ALPINA saloon hints at even more powerful and torque-laden performance over its predecessor, while simultaneously improving upon fuel economy.

The fully-aluminium, 4395 cm3 V8 aggregate yields 507 peak horsepower (373 kW) at a moderate 5500rpm, with a maximum torque of 700 Nm available between 3000-4750rpm.

Two especially for the ALPINA powerplant constructed turbochargers with generously-dimensioned turbine vanes are responsible for the forced induction. Thorough exploitation of the engine's potential was achieved by means of optimising the indirect intercooler (air-water/water-air) with its short intake paths and flow-optimised intercooler tracts.

High-performance pistons are at work in the cylinders, carefully developed to harmonise with a compression of 9.2:1 and a maximum turbo boost of 1.0 bar. The result is a formidable specific output of 115hp (85kW) per litre, with a maximum average compression of 20.1 bar, a benchmark even amongst established sportscars.
One look at the torque and power diagram is enough to highlight that the B7 Bi-Turbo will accelerate fiercely and effortlessly from very low revs. Peak torque is available from an unusually broad range of rpm's, ranging from 3,000 to 4,750 rpm. This wide powerband coupled with the exquisitely geared ZF six-speed automatic sport transmission pampers the occupants with remarkably high levels of smooth drivetrain comfort in every driving situation.

The ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC, which has been programmed to shift exceptionally smooth and comfortable in Automatic mode, offers different shift characteristics for every taste and situation thanks to the additional Sport and Manual modes. Driving the B7 Bi-Turbo becomes an altogether different experience when using the buttons found on the back of the steering wheel for manually selecting the gears of the automatic transmission. This ensures shifts take place within a few hundred milliseconds and with only minimal interruption to the transmission of power, favourably comparable even to the best twin-clutch transmissions. As a result, the B7 Bi-Turbo sprints from 0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, vehemently pressing on to an electronically-limited 280 km/h top speed.
Chassis & Suspension

Long gone are the days when a purely "hard and sporty" ride was a sought-after attribute of suspension set-ups. Striving for truly neutral handling continues to be the intelligent way forward, yielding the best of what is technologically feasible.

In pursuit of this goal, marginally shorter and uniquely calibrated springs reduce front and rear ride height by 15mm and 10mm respectively. Together with the 21" wheel and tyre combination the suspension is at once sensitive to inputs and direct in its feel, yet free from the harshness of a purely sports-oriented suspension, imparting this large saloon with an agility usually only associated with much smaller sports saloons. The light-weight 21" wheels, with their new interpretation of the ALPINA CLASSIC wheel design, are shod with an especially selected staggered MICHELIN tyre set-up: 245/35 R21 front and 285/30 R21 rear. Foregoing Run-Flat technology, conventional tyres are used to ensure a supple, comfortable finesse that is rare today.

ALPINA have integrated state-of-the-art electronic suspension technologies, skilfully and subtly adjusting them to the demanding requirements of our customers. As part of the B7 Bi-Turbo standard equipment, the electronic suspension system with Dynamic Damping Control and Dynamic Drive (active roll stabilisation) enable the driver to select from three distinct suspension set-ups: Comfort, Normal and Sport. The B7 Bi-Turbo offers the driver unheard-of versatility, delivering on long-distance comfort just as readily as on back-road pace, always with a maximum of enjoyment and safety.

Design
At once dynamic, graceful and potent - the silhouette of the B7 Bi-Turbo is significantly influenced by the evolutionary new design of the 21" ALPINA CLASSIC wheels. A turbine-like three-dimensional curve guides each of the 20 spokes from the centre of the wheel to the rim, at which point they have a milled surface. Depending on the angle of the viewer, the rotational speed of the wheels and the light, the appearance of these classic wheels is constantly changing. Of course they continue to possess the refined tyre air valves, safely and attractively hidden away behind the lockable wheel covers.

In true "form-follows-function" fashion, the typical ALPINA front integrates the fresh-air requirements of the transmission and engine oil coolers, which are separated out of the main cooler module for improved efficiency. The design of the front and rear spoiler follows clearly aerodynamically-oriented interests, reducing lift at the front and rear by 30% and 15% respectively. Left and right, the exhaust system's two double tailpipes are seamlessly integrated into the rear valance and are witness to the B7 Bi-Turbo's potency.

When climbing into the B7 Bi-Turbo, one immediately takes note of the ALPINA door sill trims which are finely illuminated in blue. The SWITCH-TRONIC steering wheel is gloved and hand-stitched in the finest, most comfortable LAVALINA leather. In the driver's line of sight, red pointers over a field of blue dials grace the instrument cluster, where a Black-Panel LCD screen is responsible for communicating driver-important information.

Exclusive interior luxury wood trim in the form of Myrtle Burl, a knotted burl of the Laurel only found on the Pacific Coast of the United States, provides a warm and traditional ambience. Optional ALPINA Piano Lacquer interior trim with its silver diagonal rhombs, offers a modern and just as exclusive alternative.

Technical Data

B7 BITURBO Saloon SWITCH-TRONIC


Dimensions

Length (mm)
5087

Width (mm)
1902

Height, unladen (mm)
1484

Wheelbase (mm)
3070

Track front (mm)
1621

Track rear (mm)
1628

Luggage capacity DIN (l)
500

Fuel tank capacity (l)
approx. 82

Weight

Weight, unladen (kg)
2040

Permissible gross weight (kg)
2660

Permitted payload (kg)
550

Max axle load, front (kg)
1300

Max axle load, rear (kg)
1420

Max trailer load limit, braked (kg)
2100

Max trailer load limit, unbraked (kg)
750

Engine

Cylinders
V8 90°

Displacement (cc)
4395

Bore (mm)
88.3

Stroke (mm)
89.0

Compression ratio (:1)
9.2

Max output (kW/hp)
373 / 507

at rpm (1/min)
5500

Max torque (Nm/rpm)
700 / 3000

Engine management
BOSCH Motronic ME 9.2.1

Fuel type
Super plus

Emissions classification
Euro 5

Transmission

Gearbox
6-speed Automatic ZF 6HP26 SWITCH-TRONIC

1st
4.17

2nd
2.34

3rd
1.52

4th
1.14

5th
0.87

6th
0.69

Final drive ratio
3,46

Performance

Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)
4.7

Top speed (km/h)
280

Fuel consumption *

Urban (l/100 km)
17.7

Extra urban (l/100 km)
8.6

Combined (l/100 km)
11.9

CO² emissions (g/km)
286

Wheels and tyres


Standard wheels and tyres
ALPINA CLASSIC 21"

front
8.5 x 21 245/35 R21

rear
10 x 21 285/30 R21


* Information on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions according to 1999/94/EG:

Further information on specific fuel consumption and specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars is given in "Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch und die CO2-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen which can be obtained free of charge at all points of sale and from the 'DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Helmut-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen'.



Equipment

B7 BITURBO Saloon SWITCH-TRONIC

Standard Equipment
Air conditioning, automatic
Airbags - front, side and head airbags, for driver and passenger
Alarm system with remote control and engine immobiliser
Armrest/centre console - rear, with storage compartment and cup holder
CD changer
Central locking switch
Central locking with crash sensor
Child seat ISOFIX attachments, rear
Climate comfort laminated windscreen
Control display - 6.5" colour display screen in combination with iDrive controller on centre console
Cruise control
Digital speedometer readout via Info Display in instrument cluster
Door sill finishers ALPINA
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) incl. Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC)
Electric windows, with open / close tip control
Electronic immobiliser
Exhaust system ALPINA, stainless steel with polished tailpipes
Extended lighting
Exterior mirrors - folding, automatically dimming
First aid kit and warning triangle
Floor mats ALPINA
Fog lights incl. heated windscreen washer jets
Front spoiler ALPINA
Glass sunroof
Headlight washer system
Heat absorbing thermal glass
Hi-Fi loudspeaker system - BMW Business
Instrument cluster ALPINA
Interior light system with 'soft on/soft off' function
Interior trim: ALPINA luxury wood Myrtle
Luggage compartment opening via remote key
Mobility System
Navigation system Professional incl. Bluetooth telephone preparation with telematics
On-Board Computer with extended functions
Paintwork: metallic paintwork in standard BMW colours
Park Distance Control (PDC), front and rear
Personal Profile
Production plaque, silver plated
Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
Rear spoiler ALPINA
Rear-view mirror, automatically dimming
Remote key for central locking, auto rechargeable
Revcounter with oil temperature display
Seat heating, front
Smoker's package, deletion
Sport Automatic Transmission (6-speed) with ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC
Sport seats, driver and front passenger, incl. electric seat adjustment with driver memory
Sport suspension ALPINA
Steering column with electric reach and rake adjustment
Steering wheel: SWITCH-TRONIC sport leather steering wheel with Multi-function
Sunblind - rear windscreen, electric adjustment
Tyre Puncture Warning System (TPWS)
Upholstery: Pearl leather with ALPINA Design - rhombs in green/blue in seats and door inserts
Voice Control
Wheels: ALPINA CLASSIC 21"
Xenon headlights

Standard equipment shown represents the specifications for the German market only. According to the specific requirements of other markets, alterations in models, standard and optional equipment may occur. For precise information, please contact the BMW ALPINA importer in your country.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      If I wanted an M7, I'd buy a base 7 and stick a LS9 in there. :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      I THANK YOU FOR ACCEPTING MY COMMENT. MY URL: IS ON A TOP SECRET WEB SITE FOR INVENTORS ONLY AND I USE THEM FOR MY URL: SINCE MY GLOBAL TEAMS AND I HAVE ALL THE SOLUTIONS TO DELETE GLOBAL WARMING PLUS I GIVE AWAY MANY MAJOR DISASTER SOLUTIONS WORLDWIDE TO WHO EVER NEEDS THEM. BUT I WOULD SUGGEST THAT YOU ALLOW URL'S NO MATTER WHAT WEB SITES THEIR ON BECAUSE MINE CAN ONLY BE PROVEN BY ME. HAVE A NICE DAY AND IT WOULD ONLY TAKE 3 UNITS FOR YOUR BEAUTIFUL CAR. HAVE A NICE DAY. MIKE SCHMITZ OH AND I'M RESPONDING FROM MY EMAIL YOU SENT ME.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the price for that must be bunkers! i'd take a GT-R instead. kthxbai
        • 5 Years Ago
        wow... you must have that super rare... back to the future 740i... 2004 ?

        It must be just like my 2007 735i....
        • 5 Years Ago
        that's really a nonsensical comparison. someone looking for a B7 is not cross-shopping it with a gt-r. in fact, barely anyone looking for a B7 is cross-shopping it with anything else at all. given the price/what you are getting, that is a purchase of love! and it is pure badass!
        • 5 Years Ago
        true, But I've got a 2004 740i and I'd still much prefer a GT-R hehe
      • 5 Years Ago
      @Zamafir Regardless of which arm makes which cars the whole point of Alpina is not to be the end all be all fastest car. Alpina is there to make elegant cars that can kick-ass when they have to. If you want raw performance you're better off buying overpriced engine/system mods from Dinan, Hartge, etc (there are a million decent engine tuners out there).

      Personally I would rather be .2 or whatever seconds slower to 60 and look damn good doing it in an Alpina, than never really having the opportunity to utilize that 60k you dropped on carbon fiber intakes and diapers for when your colon collapsed from G-forces and that hundred-dollar bill and gold flake salad you just ate.
      • 5 Years Ago
      BEAUTIFUL, BUT TO MAKE MORE EFFICIENT ADD THIS MAYBE www.patentpages.net/6913248 ONE OF A KIND ON EARTH, NEVER ON MARKET. I'LL EITHER LEASE INVENTION OR SELL PATENT. HAVE A NICE DAY WITH YOU BEAUTIES.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Coming to a drug dealer near you
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think I just jizzed in my pants! This is the Ultimate Driving Machine!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That nose still bothers me, much like the tarsier headlights of the 1-series....and I'm actually a BMW fan =(
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm glad they used a V8 instead of a V12 (don't ask why). The V12 IMO was totally unnecessary.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not a big BMW fan but that is pretty hot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A blown bi turbo, 50 more hp, rwd, and it's a scant .2 seconds quicker to sixty than the aging S8? anyone else less than taken aback? I was hoping it'd show a large improvement over the S63 and audi's long in the tooth S8. Something tells me the quicker S63, and more refined (albeit a fraction of a second slower) S8 are still breathing a sigh of relief after this garish reveal.

      Oh how i wish BMW would just focus on light driving machines and not xzibit inspired body kits.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Spoken like a true Audi fanboy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Too bad this isn't BMW's work.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Zamafir... you're an idiot...

      Quattro to Audi is All Wheel Drive... performance packages are S or RS or S-Line.

      BMW M; Mercedes-Benz AMG and Audi S/RS line cars are comparable.

      Mercedes Brabus; BMW Alpina and Audi ABT Sportline are comparable.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Zamafir was referring to quattro GmbH, not Quattro AWD. Pay attention please. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quattro_GmbH

        Who's the idiot now?



        Regarding Alpina, I believe they're considered a manufacturer in their own right much like Ruf and not a tuner. Therefore their vehicles are registered as Alpinas, not BMWs just as Rufs are registered as Rufs and not Porsches.

        The reason BMW maintains a close relationship with Alpina is because Alpina's products complement BMW's M cars rather than compete with them. Whereas BMW's M products tend to take a more hardcore and driver focused approach to high performance vehicles, Alpinas tend to be a bit more relaxed in terms of their power delivery compared with BMW M cars (forced induction and a good amount of low end torque compared with natural aspiration and high revs). In addition, while BMW's M cars use manual transmissions, sequential manuals and now dual clutch transmissions, all current Alpinas (sans the D3 which is available with a stick) use conventional torque converter automatics that further emphasizes their more relaxed personalities. When looking at the specs it becomes apparent that while an M5 and a B5 may look similar on paper, they appeal to a different customer base and thus compete in different segments.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, "quattro GmbH" is a subsidiary of Audi AG responsible for the research and development of the S and RS cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have learned something new today... thanks guys!!

        I am a Mercedes guy with a good knowledge of Audi - love to learn more and more
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