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BMW Alpina B7

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/5/2016 Motor Trend Staff

The BMW Alpina B7 is one of two high-performance variants of the 7 Series, the other one being the M760i. Based closely on the V-8 powered 750i, the Alpina B7 comes with all-wheel drive and modifications such as an upgraded suspension, larger alloy wheels, and more power.


First introduced as part of the fourth-generation 7 Series lineup, the original Alpina B7 was rear-wheel drive and featured a supercharged version of the 4.4-liter V-8 from the 745i. Only 800 units were available in the U.S. from 2007 to 2008, and it quickly sold out. The second generation Alpina B7 was based on the fifth-generation 7 Series and was available in rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations and in standard or long wheelbase models. A tuned variant of BMW's twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 was the only engine available, and it was coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Latest Generation

The latest iteration of the Alpina B7 will arrive for the 2017 model year with a tuned 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 now rated at 600 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, and it comes standard with all-wheel drive. Alpina also modified the 7 Series' available air suspension for duty in the B7, and it can be lowered or heightened by 0.8 inch. Additional performance upgrades include larger brakes, a modified integral active steering system, and active rear steering.

Why You'd Consider One

Compared to the rest of the 7 Series lineup, the BMW Alpina B7 is perhaps the most exclusive variant since its production is limited. There's no dedicated M model in the 7 Series lineup (only a milder M760i with M Performance cues for 2017), but the Alpina B7 fills the void and will deliver in terms of performance and handling.

Why You'd Look Elsewhere

The fact that the Alpina B7 is produced in small numbers means getting your hands on one is much more difficult than more common variants of the 7 Series. Starting with the most recent generation, the Alpina B7 is no longer available in rear-drive configuration, which means no more smoky burnouts in your massive land yacht.


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