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First Look: 2017 BMW Alpina B7

Alpina introduces the M7 BMW won't build.

by on Feb.08, 2016

The 2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive.

For those who mourn the lack of a BMW M7, there is a stylish and sporty alternative, and it’s getting a complete remake for the 2017 model-year.

Despite the rapid expansion of its “M” line-up, with models like the new M2 and X4 M40i, the Bavarian maker has long resisted calls for an ultimate, performance edition of the big 7-Series sedan. But long-time affiliate Alpina has been filling in the blank, and its back with a third-generation model, this one based on the all-new BMW 7-Series launched last year.

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The 2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive gives the new 7-Series not only a performance boost but delivers its 600 horsepower through all four wheels. The sedan gets a number of other power, performance and luxury enhancements, inside and out.

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First Look: 2011 Alpina B7

Marketing performance, exclusivity -- and BMW.

by on Nov.02, 2010

Alpina intends to be the "other" BMW performance brand with the new B7.

Sure, mileage matters, but there’s still a significant market for performance.  Just ask BMW, which can barely meet demand for its expanding line-up of M cars and crossovers.  If there’s a gap to fill, don’t worry.  That’s where Alpina, BMW’s “other” performance arm would like to step in.

Based in Buchloe, a small suburb of Munich, an hour from BMW headquarters, Alpina Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH doesn’t so much compete with the better known M, as to compliment the brand, explains its president, Andreas Bovensiepen.

“M is about raw power,” he suggests, ignoring a cold drizzle as he shows off Alpina’s latest product, a version of the BMW 7-Series.  “Alpina is about delivering a mix of performance, luxury and comfort.”

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That’s not to say performance takes the proverbial back seat.  The Alpina B7 Bi-Turbo makes some impressive numbers with its twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8, 500 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque.

Unlike the M cars, Alpina opts for a customized automatic gearbox, and unlike its competitors, the customizer uses buttons on the steering wheel, rather than paddle shifters, to let a driver run through the gears manually.  In manual mode, those shifts occur in a Formula One-class 190 milliseconds.

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