BMW Alpina B7 2013 Review
Alpina has recently announced their plans on launching their version of the 2013 BMW 7-series, boasting an increase in performance and efficiency, enhanced features and a slight change in aesthetics. The engine in the B7 has been tuned-up by Alpina and it now produces 540 horsepower instead of 500, and 538 lb-ft of torque instead of 516.
The package includes a BMW Valvetronic throttle-less intake technology as well as Alpina's 8-speed high performance transmission. It all sounds very fancy and the final results are quite noticeable, the top speed of the luxury sedan now being 194 miles per hour, a notable increase of 19 miles per hour when compared to the 175 MPH 7-series. The acceleration has also improved, but not by too much and the B7 will go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, 0.1 seconds faster than the standard model.
On the exterior, notable changes include a redesigned set of headlamps, a slightly reshaped front grille, revised tail lamps, LED front fog lights, the usual Alpina Blue Metallic paint and a new set of 21-inch alloy wheels featuring a familiar 20-spoke design. Alpina claims that the changes in aesthetics also affect aerodynamics and the design modifications are more efficient in channeling the cooling air to keep beefed-up engine going.
Standard equipment includes Automatic Start-Stop system, ceramic secondary controls and active protection system. Furthermore, a set of options are placed at the buyer's disposal such as full LED headlights, additional choices of interior upholstery, new exterior colors and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.
The B7 is available to purchase as a special order and its production will be limited. The body of the B7 will be manufactured at BMW's factory in Dingolfing but it will be hand –finished at the Alpina factory in Buchloe Germany.
Prices start at $127,600 for the rear-wheel drive variant, $130,600 for the xDrive, whereas the long-wheelbase versions of the RWD and xDrive will cost $131,500 and 134,500 respectively. In case you're interested in buying the Alpina B7 in the US, the luxury sedan will make its debut in August at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and will go on sale in September for the price of $128,495 RWD, $131,459 for the xDrive, whereas the long wheelbase will cost $132,385 and $135,395 respectively. That's almost as costly as the S63 AMG which on paper is quite similar to the B7 when it comes to numbers such as the amount of horsepower and performances.
The 2013 BMW ALPINA B7 super-high performance luxury sedan with enhanced features, efficiency, and individuality for discriminating customers.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – June 14, 2012…. Today, BMW announced updates to the second generation of the successful BMW ALPINA B7 super-high performance luxury sedan with more performance, fresh design features, and improved efficiency. The new B7 is slated for a North American debut at the historic Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August and will go on-sale immediately thereafter. Pricing will be $128,495 (B7 Standard Wheelbase), $131,495 (B7 SWB with xDrive), $132,395 (B7 Long Wheelbase), and $135,395 (B7 LWB with xDrive) including $895 destination and handling.
The new BMW ALPINA B7 has been enhanced in-line with updates to the 2013 BMW 7 Series Sedans including more power, more performance, and more efficiency. The new B7 features 40 additional horsepower (now rated 540 hp) and 22 lb-ft more torque (up to 538 from 516 lb-ft) thanks to the addition of BMW’s Valvetronic throttle-less intake technology and a new ALPINA 8- speed high performance transmission. Top speed is now a fierce 194 mph (drag-limited, 193 mph with xDrive), up from the previous 175 mph. Acceleration drops into the low-mid-4-second range for all variants (4.3-4.4 seconds). The BMW ALPINA B7 Sedan remains the benchmark in terms of luxurious performance, chassis technology, and hand-finished exclusivity.
Each variant of the updated BMW ALPINA B7 (including Standard Wheelbase, Long Wheelbase, sDrive, and xDrive) will arrive with over 30 new parts which enhance the design and frontal aerodynamics to more effectively channel the cooling air required to manage the increased power output. New BMW kidney grilles, updated Xenon Adaptive headlights, LED front fog lights, and updated tail lights are also included. Other now-standard features will include ceramic secondary controls, engine Automatic Start-Stop, and the Active protection system. Optionally, the B7 Sedan will offer Full LED Headlights, Bang & Olufsen Surround Sound System, new exterior colors and interior upholstery choices in-line with the 7 Series update. Renewed BMW individual color and trim offerings complete the package. The appearance remains unmistakable on signature 21” ALPINA Classic 20-spoke wheels and stunning ALPINA Blue Metallic paint.
The BMW ALPINA B7 is available as a special order vehicle with capacity-limited production underscoring its exclusivity. The B7’s body is manufactured in the BMW 7 Series factory (Plant Dingolfing) and hand-finished with the remaining ALPINA components at the ALPINA factory in Buchloe, Germany. This production sequence increases the production schedule by approximately two weeks. European Delivery at the BMW Welt delivery center is available for the BMW ALPINA B7.