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Beginning with March production, certain changes take place for the 7-series.
740i/Li, 750i/xDrive and 750Li/xDrive receive new standard equipment:

* iPod/USB Adapter (6FL)
* Rear-view Camera (3AG)
* Sport Steering Wheel (255)

750i/xDrive and 750Li/xDrive receive 19″ wheels with all-season tires (2H1) and Premium H-Fi (677) as standard

ALPINA B7 adds Rear-view Camera (3AG) as standard

Driver Assistance Package now includes side and top-view cameras (5DL) and Heads Up Display (610). ALPINA B7 models also add … CONTINUED

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The guys over @ Motor Trend have put up this mega 11 page comparison between the large sedan offerings from all the usual suspects in the large luxury sedan game. But they didn’t just make this a booring old comparison, they threw in all the non-traditional offerings that are available from automakers you wouldn’t have expected 10, 5 or even 1 year ago.

Why all these large luxury sedans in this economic climate anyways? Despite the bad economy, almost every automaker has refreshed their luxo offerings … CONTINUED

Video: Alpina B7 Impressions

01/17/2011 at 9:15 AM
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Here’s more coverage on the impressive BMW Alpina B7, courtesy of drivesTV. Judging by the video description, they had tons of fun: “Amazing that a four-door sedan can put a smile that big on your face. If only there were longer roads and fewer rules.” Enjoy!

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And so it continues, the stream of Alpina B7 tests. This one is from Car and Driver and was actually published back in September, but it seemed fitting given the handful of B7 tests and videos that were published this past weekend.

Car and Driver’s report is geared towards the fact finders amongst us. Its very clear and to the point with gobs of detail on the car. I personally liked the review as I could find any piece of information I wanted to know in it. … CONTINUED

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We’ve previously reported on InsideLine’s First Drive of the Alpina B7. Now it seems the press has gotten their Full test reviews out the door.

I have to say I really like this article. While to any true BMW fan, the name Alpina should be nothing new, and has become synonymous with a mix of oppulance and speed, something akin to BMW’s version of AMG (atleast of yore). The analogy becomes more realistic when one consider’s Alpina’s Penchant for automatic transmissions. But back to the article, … CONTINUED

Autoblog Reviews 2011 BMW Alpina B7

01/15/2011 at 11:01 AM
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The folks at Autoblog had the opportunity to get their hands on the BMW Alpina B7, and they apparently had a blast. Not only would they let it run against an E92 M3 to find out the M3 “can’t lose the Alpina B7 on one long road to nowhere deep in the reaches of an unincorporated area of the California coastal mountains.” They also refer to the Alpina B7 as “an amazing machine. Defying all logic, the sedan seems to shed pounds as the g-forces increase … CONTINUED

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Autoblog has posted a quick spin review of the 2010 760Li (long version model), touting its monster twin turbo V12 motor, style, comfort, and the ultimate unique luxury sedan experience it provides.

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Wald releases its BMW 7-series Black Bison Edition. “Black Bison” is named for its powerful body lines and it includes aero parts, custom exhaust system, and WALD wheels.

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The 2011 Alpina B7 sedan and the 2011 740i M-sport package are on exhibit at the 2010 Los Angeles Autoshow. The Alpina B7 features an enhanced 4.4L V8 engine producing 500hp and 516lb-ft torque, good for 0-60 in 4.5 seconds.

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BMW has posted a video describing the philosophy and idea behind the special limited edition 7-series inspired by Steinway & Sons.

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As part of an exclusive new partnership, BMW will be supporting the international talent program of piano manufacturer Steinway & Sons. The BMW Individual 7 Series Composition inspired by Steinway & Sons will be presented in two perfectly coordinated color variants. Deliberately reminiscent of the piano keyboard, the colour schemes reflect the contrast between black and white. The exclusive appearance of these luxury saloons is characterised by top-quality craftsmanship and the use of exquisite materials. At the same time, the paint finish

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The F10 5-series has often by called a baby 7-series, especially since its size has grown over the outgoing E60 5-series. Just what is the size difference between the current 5 and 7 series? Lets have a look.

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The BMW 530d GT has been crowned Executive Car of the Year in the 2010 Professional Driver Car of the Year Awards and the 530d sedan finished second in the judging making it a one-two for BMW. Also, the BMW 7-Series has been awarded Chauffeur Car of the Year by top chauffeuring website thechauffeur.com.

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See inside for the the entire list of changes that will take place to most BMW models beginning in September 2010 when the 2011 model year begins for most models. This is a must read primer on ALL changes coming.

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Hamann has released photos of its full F01 7-series program. Their parts include, front spoiler lip, two types of full front bumpers, front fenders, side gills, sideskirts, rear spoiler, rear diffuser for quad pipes, roof spoiler, lower springs, alloy wheels, engine tune, exhaust systems, and various interior accessory bits.

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Starting in the autumn of 2010, the BMW M GmbH product range will increase for the M3, F10 5-series, new X3, X5M and X6M, and the 7-series. Full details inside.

Lumma Widebody BMW 760LI

08/02/2010 at 2:25 PM
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Lumma Tuning has released photos of its widebody BMW 760Li Individual. Most prominently, it features aggressively flared fender arches front and rear with cosmetic vents, aggressive rear bumper with diffuser, and carbon fiber grill and mirrors.

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The new BMW ALPINA B7 was presented to selected members of the American press and the BMW dealer family, at an exclusive event held from the 5th to the 11th of June in California. Participants were able to sample the ALPINA flagships comfort and sport orientation at both Infineon Raceway and while driving through Californias scenery, including the renowned Highway One. Presentations were made regarding the B7s … CONTINUED