There are two beautiful 7 Series sedans on display at the 2012 LA Auto Show. One is a frozen white 2013 BMW 750Li (long wheelbase) M Sport Individual and the other is a Alpina B7 SWB.
The 2013 Alpina B7, based on the refreshed 2013 7 Series, made its U.S. debut this week at the BMW press launch in Laguna Seca Raceway (along with the 2013 M5 and M6 coupe). This is the closest thing we’ll get to an M7 or M Performance 7 Series (for now) and it was a beast on the track!
Our Track Review
It’s a wholly physics defying experience accelerating a nearly 5000 pound car from 0-60 in 4.4 seconds, handling corners at speed with little roll, and diving into and coming out of the Laguna Seca corkscrew as if it was a medium sized sedan. This was our experience with refreshed B7 sedan at Laguna Seca. Although I’ve never driven a train, I’d say this car fulfills the … CONTINUED
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 $127,600 (B7 Standard Wheelbase), $130,600 (B7 SWB with xDrive), $131,500 (B7 Long Wheelbase), and $134,500 (B7 LWB with xDrive).
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 … CONTINUED
Swiss tuner Mansory reveals their F01 7-series tuning and aerodynamics program. The program features both performance and cosmetic revisions for the 750i and 760Li.
A remapped ECU and air intake bumps the 750i up to 490hp / 720Nm torque and the 760Li to 640hp / 920Nm torque. 0-62mph acceleration times have been dropped to 4.2 seconds for the 760Li (0.4 seconds faster than from the factory). The exhaust has been replaced by a sports exhaust system with square tips.
The cosmetic program features a full bodykit - with a super aggressive full front replacement bumper, carbon fiber kidney grilles, full replacement rear bumper with integrated diffuser, carbon fiber rear trunk spoiler, and carbon fiber roof spoiler. The wheels are 22″ wrapped in 265/35R22 F and 295/30R22 R tires.… CONTINUED
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!
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. This is a short take road test, so don’t expect a long writeup with too many personal opinions, however.
Source / Full Review: Car and Driver
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, what I really love about this one is that this one gives a healthy sprinkling of Alpina family history, to help the unindoctinated along for the ride.
Edmunds tells us almost as much about Andreas Bovensiepen, the founder of Alpina … CONTINUED
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 – the uncanny feedback from the driver’s seat is of a sports car wrapped in a lightweight paper-mâché 7 Series disguise. In a word: fun.”
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