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  1. rs271

    rs271 Well-Known Member Contributing Member

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        • rs271

          rs271 Well-Known Member Contributing Member

          BMW Alpina B7 now available in the UK, starting at £115,000

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          Even though the new BMW Alpina B7 Biturbo was launched a while back, the UK customers were deprived of the privilege of buying one, until today. The delay was due to the right-hand drive configuration they must have which needs a separate assembly line. The moment has finally come though and those with at least £115,000 in their pockets, can now order a brand new Alpina which claims to be the fastest four-door production car in the world.

          That claim may seem ridiculous but the BMW Alpina B7 really does come with some impressive figures. The model has been slightly upgraded from what the Geneva Motor Show one and it now boasts a top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h). That’s a bit more than the 193 mph (310 km/h) the company claimed or, better said, estimated when the car first came out. Furthermore, the engine was also slightly upgraded.

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          While at the Geneva Motor Show Alpina said their take on the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 of the B7 can make 600 BHP, today at their UK launch the engine’s power figure has apparently gone up to 608 BHP and a still astonishing 800 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque. The V8 breathing through two specially-developed, twin-scroll turbochargers located between the cylinder banks, operating in parallel to deliver up to 1.2 bar with minimum inertia. Particular attention has been paid to airflow optimization, with a new wide-bore intake system providing shorter intake paths and optimized radii to allow near-instant throttle response. Pistons and spark plugs are uprated to ALPINA specifications.

          A new indirect intercooler system (air/water/air) further improves both power and responsiveness, with a main intercooler feeding the two large-volume, close-coupled intercoolers. Together with additional radiators, the system ensures the thermodynamic stability of the V8 Bi-Turbo engine at all times, even under the highest sustained loads and most aggressive ambient air temperatures. The eight-speed automatic transmission also receives additional cooling, alongside a host of modifications that include strengthened gear clusters and a larger torque converter.


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          “Not long ago, only the most focused £1 million hypercars could touch 200 mph. Where road conditions allow, owners of the new B7 Bi-Turbo can cruise long distances at that legendary speed. with friends and family in considerable comfort,” says ALPINA GB brand manager Gary Lott. “Remarkably, ALPINA has achieved this alongside superb ride quality and refinement at lower speeds, and all for just £115,000.” While that sum is not exactly small, Lott does have a point when it comes to top speed.

          BMW Alpina B7 Now Available in the UK, Starting at £115,000
           
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          • Matski

            Matski Active Member

            Apparently the UK spec B7 is NOT all wheel drive...
             
          • klier

            klier Member

            ^ That would partly explain the higher top speed. Though 20 km/h is too much just for that...
             
          • tristatez28lt1

            tristatez28lt1 Well-Known Member

            Top speed for all B7s is 330 km/h. They are quoting (310 km/h) what Alpina set as a target when developing the B7 initially.
             
          • Frankie G

            Frankie G Active Member

            What now???
            Are you serious...that makes no sense whatsoever :banghead:
             
          • rs271

            rs271 Well-Known Member Contributing Member

            ALPINA B7 review — The Best 7 Series isn’t made by BMW

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            The BMW 7 Series is a good car. It’s not a great one, it’s not a special one but it’s good. It features a ton of impressive technology, even if some of it is gimmicky, is very luxurious and drives well. But there’s not that much that makes you look and say “I need that”. That latter, yet nonexistent, feeling is something that should be felt in all BMWs. They are, after all, Ultimate Driving Machines. Fret not, though, as there is a 7 Series that offers that special feeling. Except it’s not technically a BMW. It’s the ALPINA B7.

            Packing an ALPINA-tuned variant of BMW’s 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8, the B7 is just as powerful as the V12-powered BMW M760i. So that means 600 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. All of that power is sent to an eight-speed automatic, which powers all four wheels. So the ALPINA B7 is capable of getting from 0-60 mph in a claimed 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 205 mph. Though, power and performance aren’t the only aspects of the B7 that make it so special.

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            It’s the fact that it can do so in superb comfort, luxury and quiet. Mash the throttle in the B7 and you aren’t greeted with a raucous exhaust or intake note. Instead, you’re only met with shove. Incredible, unbridled, tenacious shove. And it can crest triple digit speeds in the blink of an eye with cabin noise barely raising above whisper levels. It’s also astonishingly planted, capable of near 200 mph with rock-solid stability.

            Then there’s the cabin. Sit inside the ALPINA B7 and you’re greeted by some of the finest leather work in the industry and a truly luxurious interior. While the design is still all BMW 7 Series, the leather work, color choices and wood trim are all beyond what you can get in a regular 7er. It’s really quite lovely.

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            So the fact that the ALPINA B7 is faster than the fastest BMW 7 Series, more stable and more luxurious, it must be said — the best BMW 7 Series is actually an ALPINA.

            Source: BMWBlog
             
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            • hoffmeister_fan

              hoffmeister_fan Well-Known Member

              I am really liking this generation's B7. Though for something that's relatively rare I'd thought it would hold its value better. Granted, I am basing this on a 2014 F01 where its retailing in the mid-70s.
               
            • sako97

              sako97 Well-Known Member

              The work Aplina has done to the B7's interior has to be experienced in-person to be truly appreciated.

              If you go a little further back 1-3 model years, F01 Alpinas can be had for under $30k. Mid $30s to $40k for relatively low miles.

              I just can't past the pre-LCI's incredibly dated headlights. They look like a car from the late 2000's on the road now. And don't get me started on the thin spoke, giant airbag cover steering wheels they had.

              If it's a German lux-barge, it's going to depreciate big time no matter what. The second-hand market doesn't car if it's a limited edition of if it has a rare option.
               
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              • Mick Briesgau

                Mick Briesgau Well-Known Member

                So true, alas, also over here in Europe.
                 
              • sako97

                sako97 Well-Known Member

                It's the biggest negative about this segment. The market isn't kind to non-leasees. After taking consecutive beatings with amg and V12 S' and CLs, I decided to take a hiatus from S-classes and try something else.
                 
              • Mick Briesgau

                Mick Briesgau Well-Known Member

                I'm contemplating the same. Don't know yet in which direction I'll be going...
                 
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              • klier

                klier Member

                Not many ways to go I'm afraid....

                And completely off topic, but what is your area of expertise @Mick Briesgau? I am in need of a lawyer :D
                 
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