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Next BMW Alpina B7 Spied Testing Near the 'Ring

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/10/2015 Jason Udy

Now that the 2016 BMW 7 Series has been revealed, the high-performance BMW Alpina B7 has been spied testing at the BMW M test center at the Nürburgring. Although the German automaker hasn’t offered an M variant of the 7 Series, the Alpina B7 is the closest thing to a full-size M car BMW aficionados can buy.

While the last-generation BMW 760Li was powered by a twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 making 535 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque, the sportier Alpina B7 was powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 rated 540-hp and 538 lb-ft. We expect the new Alpina B7 to again feature a twin-turbo V-8, this time turned up to around 600 hp.

Next BMW Alpina B7 Spied Testing Near the 'Ring

In addition to more power, the BMW Alpina B7 also features subtle aerodynamic updates including front and rear spoilers and Alpina-specific wheels. The B7 is also expected to get subtle interior updates as well.

So far, BMW has revealed three variants of the 7 Series sedan, including the new 740e xDrive plug-in hybrid based around a 2.0-liter gas engine mated to an electric drive unit integrated into the eight-speed automatic. The other two variants include the 740i with a 320-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 and the 750i xDrive with a 445-hp twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8. An eight-speed automatic backs both engines. BMW has yet to announce a V-12 variant.

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