• Feb 10, 2010

2011 BMW Aplina B7 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Not only will BMW not make an M7, but they even stopped making the incredibly-close-to-an-M Alpina B7 a few years ago. That car could hold its head high against competitors like the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, Audi S8 and Bentley Flying Spur Speed, with extra horsepower, refined handling and unique looks setting it apart from standard 7 series fare. Sadly, that car was only produced from 2007-2008 and since '09 there's been nothing to fill the void.

Today in Chicago we saw a bright light on the horizon. Just in time to do battle with the upcoming Jaguar XJR, Porsche Panamera Turbo and the like, BMW unveiled the 2011 Alpina B7. Functional front and rear fascias and spoilers, 20-spoke, 21-inch Alpina wheels, hand-stitched "Lavalina" leather and Alpina badges and sills differentiate this from lesser 7s.

Underhood there's a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 500 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque – 100 hp and 66 lb-ft better than the 750i, with a 0-60 dash of 4.5 seconds. Available in short wheelbase for $122,875 or extended wheelbase at $126,775, it's a helluva car for helluva lot scratch. Press release after the jump and live gallery below.




Live photos copyright ©2010 Frank Filipponio/Weblogs, Inc.
[Source: BMW]

PRESS RELEASE

The 2011 BMW ALPINA B7 Sedan

BMW returns legendary ALPINA badge to North America.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – January 8, 2010... BMW of North America announced today that the 2011 BMW ALPINA B7 sedan will join BMW's North American product range as the most dynamic 7 Series model. The BMW ALPINA B7 represents the second generation of ALPINA automobiles based on the BMW 7 Series to be offered in the US. The first BMW ALPINA B7 was offered as a limited edition for the 2007 and 2008 model years. Newly interpreted and based on the current BMW 7 Series platform, the B7 will again set the benchmark in terms of performance, refinement, technology, luxury and exclusivity.

Yielding exquisite levels of power and torque from the twin-turbocharged 4.4 liter V8, and in conjunction with the electronically-adjustable suspension with active roll stabilization, the new B7 promises to offer a spectrum of driving experiences so broad 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 and impart it a distinctive appearance and powerful stance.

Both short- and long-wheelbase models will be offered. The BMW ALPINA B7 will make its North American premiere at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show in February, and go on sale at authorized BMW Centers in Spring of 2010. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

ALPINA and BMW. A history of synergy.

ALPINA – a name famous in Europe and the wider world for putting a particular performance accent on BMWs, though not yet so well-known in North America. BMW – a name famous all over the world for motor vehicles of performance, quality, luxury and safety.

The two companies, both at home in the German state of Bavaria, have a long history of working together to produce special BMW automobiles. Burkard Bovensiepen, son of the founder of ALPINA Business Machines and an enthusastic racing driver/engineer, began his automotive career path in 1961 by developing a dual-carburetor setup for the just-introduced BMW 1500 sedan. It was a predictive beginning: to take an already fine-performing BMW (which also just happened to be a practical sedan) and making it perform even better.

By 1964, BMW had officially recognized ALPINA's contribution to BMW performance. Not long thereafter, Burkard Bovensiepen founded the ALPINA company – ALPINA Burkard Bovensiepen KG – that continues today, creating special versions of BMW automobiles that offer a particular brand of performance for discriminating auto enthusiasts. Yet outside the circle of dedicated BMW enthusiasts, ALPINA has kept a low profile in North America. In addition to racing versions of BMWs, ALPINA has developed a progression of BMW-based cars based on 3, 5, 6, 8, Z4 and Z8 models and offered them on a limited-production basis. ALPINA is located in the small Bavarian city of Buchloe, some 50 miles southwest of Munich, BMW's headquarters


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The thing in the bumper of one car is a IR camera for the integratd HUD/Nightvision option.

      Dear Autoblog how many times do you have to announce this car? Also stop calling it a BMW it is not a BMW! Would you call a 66 Shelby GT350 a Ford? A Shelby built 289 Cobra an AC? Or the Yellow Bird a Porsche?

      Just like Ruff and Shelby these cars do not carry BMW VIN numbers they have Alpina VINs, the bare chassis is delivered to Alpina from BMW not a finished car, just like Ruff. Sure in the US they carry BMW badging for marketing and importation reasons, but in Europe they get the sexy Alpina roundel and not a single BMW logo can be found on the outside of the car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Whoops your right... They are still carry non BMW Vin numbers though, at least outside the US.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd hit that... so hard
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's a nice sleeper, awesome wheels and awesome color.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It kinda looks like my dog. What's with the chrome strip on the front bumper? Is that supposed to be retro?

      [I know, this comment is SO getting ranked down. Eh.]
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        You got +1 from me. The old one looked a lot more coherent, even though it was the strangest 7 ever. This just looks like a mish mash of a bunch of nonsense toned down styling. And the rear end of this car is LS460's stunt butt.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't like the huge front air intake in the grille. These large openings would have been nicer in a future X7 or even X5 SUV rather than a super sports luxury sedan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anybody know what that camera looking thing is on the front bumper just above the first A in aplina?
        • 4 Years Ago
        excellent eye ..

        the second car with the black interior doesn't have it.

        i'm assuming that the beige interior car is the promotional one, and the camera is to film in first person view ?


        maybe our german is a bit nasty and likes to up-skirt SUV's (lame i know, soz :p )
        • 4 Years Ago
        Likely the nightvision camera
      • 4 Years Ago
      gorgeous automobile.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If only all wheels looked that good...
        • 4 Years Ago
        If there's one thing Alpina does well it's wheels. Those look like they're crafted by Hephaestus himself.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Alpina debuted this model at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.
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