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2020 BMW ALPINA B7

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The imposing and much-discussed kidney grille on the 2020 BMW 7 Series hasn't worked out all that badly. At least that's what we are told by Alpina's sales director, Erik Ploss. Orders shot up after the BMW tuning firm's ultra-luxurious, high-performance derivative, the Alpina B7, debuted at the Geneva auto show. In fact, he believes that the new design has brought in conquest buyers. The 7's new, angular look indeed works well with the Alpina-specific enhancements, which include a low front spoiler, flared sills, a rear lip spoiler, a subtle diffuser, four fat tailpipes and Alpina's signature 20-inch thin spoke wheels. Of course, there's much more to the 2020 Alpina B7 than styling. Before getting to the oily bits, though, let's quickly take a moment to reacquaint you with the company's heritage to better understand where the B7 comes from. In 1983, Alpina was officially registered as a car manufacturer and thus distinguished itself irrevocably from the tuning scene. It had previously developed an outstanding reputation with its innovative turbo engines developed by industry guru Professor Friedrich Indra. When BMW launched its own M GmbH models, Alpina simply moved upwards: Its models were a tad more luxurious, extravagant and suave than the M GmbH's offerings. Tellingly, Alpina abandoned manual transmissions well before M GmbH. The new Alpina B7 is painstakingly designed to avoid too many similarities with BMW's own range-topping M760i xDrive. Visually, the B7 is based on the more elegant look of the regular 7 Series, while the M760i sports the aggressive, slightly overwrought M Sport package. The B7 has chrome window surroundings; the M760i's are blacked out. The classic Alpina Blue and Alpina Green metallic paint can only be had on the B7. The main difference, however, is hidden under the hood: The B7 is powered by a 4.4-liter turbo V8, while the M760i is fitted with a 6.6-liter turbo V12. And while both cars produce an astounding 600 horsepower, the B7 is lighter by almost 300 pounds. It's therefore a tenth of a second quicker from zero to 60 mph and tops out at a class-leading 205 mph – a full 50 mph above BMW's in-house flagship. Until the new, 207-mph Bentley Flying Spur hits dealerships next year, the B7 is the fastest car in its segment by a considerable margin. Put through the paces, the most striking experience is the incredible torque: Its 590 pound-feet are available from a low 2,000 rpm onwards. Compared to the pre-facelift model, Alpina has improved the powertrain in several areas. The flow between the cylinder heads and the new turbochargers has been optimized, and the torque curve is beefier. Optimized for low-end torque and fitted with a revised shifting strategy for the buttery-soft and ultra-quick ZF eight-speed automatic, the B7 charges to 60 mph in a mere 3.5 seconds. This 4,866-pound behemoth's acceleration is an almost outerworldly experience and is underscored by a sonorous exhaust note that is not artificially speaker-generated, but the real thing. Even on Germany's Autobahn, the …
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The imposing and much-discussed kidney grille on the 2020 BMW 7 Series hasn't worked out all that badly. At least that's what we are told by Alpina's sales director, Erik Ploss. Orders shot up after the BMW tuning firm's ultra-luxurious, high-performance derivative, the Alpina B7, debuted at the Geneva auto show. In fact, he believes that the new design has brought in conquest buyers. The 7's new, angular look indeed works well with the Alpina-specific enhancements, which include a low front spoiler, flared sills, a rear lip spoiler, a subtle diffuser, four fat tailpipes and Alpina's signature 20-inch thin spoke wheels. Of course, there's much more to the 2020 Alpina B7 than styling. Before getting to the oily bits, though, let's quickly take a moment to reacquaint you with the company's heritage to better understand where the B7 comes from. In 1983, Alpina was officially registered as a car manufacturer and thus distinguished itself irrevocably from the tuning scene. It had previously developed an outstanding reputation with its innovative turbo engines developed by industry guru Professor Friedrich Indra. When BMW launched its own M GmbH models, Alpina simply moved upwards: Its models were a tad more luxurious, extravagant and suave than the M GmbH's offerings. Tellingly, Alpina abandoned manual transmissions well before M GmbH. The new Alpina B7 is painstakingly designed to avoid too many similarities with BMW's own range-topping M760i xDrive. Visually, the B7 is based on the more elegant look of the regular 7 Series, while the M760i sports the aggressive, slightly overwrought M Sport package. The B7 has chrome window surroundings; the M760i's are blacked out. The classic Alpina Blue and Alpina Green metallic paint can only be had on the B7. The main difference, however, is hidden under the hood: The B7 is powered by a 4.4-liter turbo V8, while the M760i is fitted with a 6.6-liter turbo V12. And while both cars produce an astounding 600 horsepower, the B7 is lighter by almost 300 pounds. It's therefore a tenth of a second quicker from zero to 60 mph and tops out at a class-leading 205 mph – a full 50 mph above BMW's in-house flagship. Until the new, 207-mph Bentley Flying Spur hits dealerships next year, the B7 is the fastest car in its segment by a considerable margin. Put through the paces, the most striking experience is the incredible torque: Its 590 pound-feet are available from a low 2,000 rpm onwards. Compared to the pre-facelift model, Alpina has improved the powertrain in several areas. The flow between the cylinder heads and the new turbochargers has been optimized, and the torque curve is beefier. Optimized for low-end torque and fitted with a revised shifting strategy for the buttery-soft and ultra-quick ZF eight-speed automatic, the B7 charges to 60 mph in a mere 3.5 seconds. This 4,866-pound behemoth's acceleration is an almost outerworldly experience and is underscored by a sonorous exhaust note that is not artificially speaker-generated, but the real thing. Even on Germany's Autobahn, the …
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Engine 4.4LV-8
MPG 17 City / 25 Hwy
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 8-spd w/OD
Power 600 @ 5500 rpm
Drivetrain xDrive all wheel
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