Alpina Automobil has been spearheading the BMW customisation gig for the past 50 years. Their 2020 endeavour comes in the form of the Alpina B7, a luxurious 7-Series, the fastest sedan money can buy. While adding more power, a stronger chassis tuning, and styling enhancements like spoked rims and exclusive graphic packages, the B7 flaunts the 7-Series’ sexy kidney grille, which is a style statement in itself. It’s sporty alter-ego is expressed by quad-exhausts and broader 20- or 21-inch wheels, to keep it down to the road.
The B7 also gets some unique leather and wood interior options, as well as lots new graphics for the digital gauge cluster. As is typical with Alpina, the B7 is a lot more subtle than BMW’s M Sport versions of the 7-Series, which is a huge part of the brand’s appeal, and Alpina’s modifications do a lot to temper the new 7’s divisive styling.
The new B7 uses the latest generation of BMW’s twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 boosted to 600 horsepower and 590 lb-ft, which is strangely the same output as the previous B7. However, Alpina claims that new intercoolers, new engine-management software, and BMW’s own improvements to the engine give the updated B7 a lower torque peak and better throttle response and power delivery. The B7 also gets an upgraded straight-eight automatic and xDrive all-wheel-drive system, larger brake discs, a stainless-steel variable exhaust system, and a special Alpina air-suspension system that lowers itself at speed (or when Sport+ is engaged) and uses cameras to scan the road ahead and adjust accordingly.
Yes, the Alpina B7 is capable of sprinting from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, but if tuned right, you can push 3.3 with a V8. Alpina claims that the B7 will hit a whopping 205 mph, up from the old car’s 193-mph top speed. That would make it the fastest sedan you can buy, beating out the 204-mph Dodge Charger Hellcat.
The B7 will be up for retail by summer 2020. While this model will be priced at US $142,695, the standard 7-Series plates in at Rs 1.41 cr. in India.
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