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BMW’s “Other” Performance Brand

Alpina aims to balance performance and comfort.

by on May.12, 2010

A heavily modified 7-Series sedan, the 2010 BMW Alpina B7 makes 500 hp and launches from 0 to 60 in just 5.4 seconds.

With models like the M3 and X6M, BMW has turned “M” into one of the favorite letters in the alphabet for those who crave the European interpretation of performance.  But for those who prefer a more sophisticated blend of muscles and manners, the Bavarian maker is offering an alternative.

Think of the BMW Alpina B7 as the perfect car for James Bond, suggests Andreas Bovensiepen, whose father created the brand nearly 50 years ago.

“Most of the time, you just enjoy the B7 for its luxury and comfort,” says Bovensiepen, a former race car driver who now runs Alpina Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH.  “But when you need it, there’s plenty of power.”

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To be more precise, 500 horsepower and 516 pound feet of torque can launch the 4652-pound B7 from 0 to 60 in just 5.4 seconds and propel it to an electronically limited top speed of 174 mph.

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