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Published on February 12th, 2019 | by Subhash Nair

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The ALPINA B7 Takes The New 7-Series to its Performance Limits

ALPINA are taking the recently facelifted BMW 7-Series and giving it all the performance upgrades you could as for. Their car will be called the B7 xDrive sedan and it will be powered by a 4.4-litre V8 engine with two twin scroll turbochargers.

As you might expect, an ALPINA-tuned engine of this configuration is going to be extremely powerful. They’re saying it will produce 600 hp and 800Nm of torque, which is enough to get the new B7 going from 0-110km/h in about 3.5 seconds and on to a top speed of nearly 330km/h!

The new ALPINA B7 features the latest generation 8-Speed Sport Automatic Transmission from ZF (8HP76) with close gear ratios and a total spread of 7.81:1. They’ve also fitted a lighter sports exhaust system with active exhaust valves, giving the driver control over its sound profile.

The new ALPINA B7 is fitted with Michelin performance tires measuring 255/40 ZR20 at the front and 295/35 ZR20 at the rear, mounted on 8.5 x 20″ and 10 x 20″ ALPINA CLASSIC wheels. Optional 21″ ALPINA CLASSIC wheels feature a super-minimalistic design – high-density and high-strength aluminium as a result of forging leads to a weight saving of more than 20% of unsprung mass per wheel.

A revised brake system, now utilizing brake-by-wire technology, combines powerful stopping power with consistent brake pedal feedback. On the front axle, 4-piston fixed calipers are paired with 15.55 x 1.42 inch discs. On the rear axle, floating calipers are now paired with larger 15.67 x 1.10 inch discs.

The design of the 7 Series, the quintessential BMW flagship sedan, has for generations been characterised by a progressive, sporting elegance. The iconic BMW kidney grill has grown in size and function and, together with new slim headlights makes up the powerful front end appearance. The new, more modern appearance of the ALPINA styling and aerodynamic elements accentuate the visual presence of the new ALPINA B7 and its performance character.

A new front bumper with functional air intakes, free-floating ALPINA lettering and horizontal character lines works in conjunction with the rear spoiler in order to effectively reduce lift to almost zero at the front and rear axle for excellent high-speed stability.

The exclusive paint finishes in ALPINA Blue metallic and ALPINA Green metallic are hallmark feature reserved solely for BMW ALPINA automobiles.


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