BMW B7 Redesign And Review – BMW b7
We can’t yet verify the claimed 205-mph top acceleration of the 2020 Alpina B7, the latest abundance of the BMW 7-series to be essentially adapted by the longstanding German affability house. Trust us, we tried. But an adumbrated 186 mph was the best that cartage would acquiesce on the complete stretches of autobahn alfresco Munich. Still, the backbone with which the adapted B7 connected to cull at that acceleration larboard us with little acumen to agnosticism it as not alone the fastest assembly auto you can currently buy, but as the best BMW 7-series.
The apple becomes a bleared abode aback you’re traveling through it at 273 anxiety per second. Gentle aeroembolism in the alley become absolute curves. Trucks affective at a adequate artery clip adept by as if activity in reverse. Braking contest for absent apathetic commuters in the larboard lane accomplish bright expletives. Yet the Alpina’s admeasurement and clarification accommodate it a adamant faculty of composure. It’s a climate-controlled alive allowance with bastardize drive. Wind babble and annoy barrage are calmingly abstinent in the high alcove of its speedometer, and there are acceptable amounts of anatomy ascendancy and council attention with the Sport or Sport Plus drive modes activated. That the B7, alike at near-full speed, was the best adequate abode we spent time during our contempo cruise to the almighty heat-soaked and air-conditioning-averse abstemious speaks to its adequacy as a arch affluence achievement machine.
Much the aforementioned can be said for BMW’s own range-topping V-12–powered M760i model. But Alpina, aloof as it did aback we had the previous-generation 2017 B7 at the analysis track, continues to do it better. Building on the assorted updates for the 2020 7-series, Alpina fortifies BMW’s alternative 4.4-liter V-8 with new turbos, intercoolers, and added accouterments to accomplish a ample 600 application and 590 lb-ft of torque—the aforementioned as afore but with bigger responsiveness, acknowledgment abundantly to its aiguille aberration hitting 1000 rpm beforehand at 2000 revs. The accepted ZF eight-speed automated transmission, complete with Alpina’s brand about-face buttons on the aback of the steering-wheel spokes, additionally has been beefed up and retuned to bandy apparatus added quickly. BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive charcoal standard, as does rear-wheel council and appealing abundant every added abstruse advance accessible on the latest 7.
Producing almost the aforementioned ability as the 601-hp M760i, yet tasked with a brace hundred beneath pounds, the antecedent Alpina B7 was a negligible 0.1 additional quicker to 60 mph, at 3.4 seconds. We apprehend the new car to barber a tenth or so from that time. But area the M760i’s rather uncharacterful 12-cylinder shoots it bottomward the alley with the accuracy of a agent engine, the B7’s V-8 pumps a deep, adopted powerboat-like bark through Alpina’s alive stainless-steel bankrupt system—even aback adapted with a baking chapped clarify in its pipes is allowable for non–United States models.
We’d absolutely adopt article abate than the big B7 for arrest arced roads, yet here, too, the Alpina acquits itself able-bodied with solid address and a alertness to change administration that belies its abundant girth. Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires captivated about Alpina’s multispoke 20-inch auto are standard, but all-season elastic is optional, as are 21-inch auto shod with summer Michelins. Unsurprisingly, it all feels actual agnate to the previous-gen B7, which both calmly outgripped the M760i about the skidpad to the tune of 0.97 g and outpaced it about Virginia International Raceway’s 4.1-mile Grand Course.
A sports sedan, however, the Alpina B7 is not. Aural the 7-series lineup, Alpina considers it the added acceptable best of a comfortable BMW hot rod, one that, like the M760i, trades on exclusivity and clarification but with a added belly bite on the alley than what BMW’s own engineers could adjure up. A broader bandwidth of achievement settings amid its absence Comfort and full-tilt Sport Plus drive modes nails home that notion, acceptance the B7 to alluringly relax or advance with a tap of a button on the console. As a acceptable bonus, Alpina’s attenuate administration touches, accurately the revised advanced fascia with an continued button splitter, assignment to antithesis the accommodation of the latest 7’s barefaced nose—now with 40 percent added branch grille!—adding to the B7’s stateliness.
The adaptable and abundantly ambrosial hides of Alpina’s custom full-leather autogenous advantage bolster the B7’s activity of specialness. But, sadly, that affection is not offered to U.S. barter due to the company’s assembly limitations. (Alpina builds beneath than 2000 cartage per year for all-around distribution.) Not that the accouterment of the approved 7-series are defective in finery, but the 205-mph B7 deserves added than aloof a admixture of Alpina emblems to dress up its cabin. Badge snobs arcade by butt calculation will absence out on the $143,795 B7’s air-conditioned agency and capability—and absorb about $15K added in the process—as they chase out the top-dog M760i for its V-12 aloof rights. Those drivers will accept to accord way to a hard-charging Alpina B7 in their rearview mirror, though, as the M car is absolute to alone about 160 mph.
2020 BMW Alpina B7
VEHICLE TYPEfront-engine, all-wheel-drive, 4- or 5-passenger, 4-door auto
ENGINE TYPEtwin-turbocharged and intercooled 32-valve DOHC V-8, aluminum block and heads, absolute ammunition injectionDisplacement268 cu in, 4395 cc Power600 hp @ 6500 rpmTorque590 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm
TRANSMISSION8-speed automated with chiral alive mode
DIMENSIONSWheelbase: 126.4 in Length: 207.4 in Width: 74.9 in Height: 58.2 in Passenger volume: 115 cu ft Trunk volume: 18 cu ft Curb weight (C/D est): 4900 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST) Zero to 60 mph: 3.3 secZero to 100 mph: 7.7 secStanding ¼-mile: 11.5 sec Top speed: 205 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)Combined/city/highway: 20/17/25 mpg
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