A BMW-Alpina partnership has happened before — for more than 50 years, the two big names have been working together to take BMW’s luxurious performance cars to the next level. Now, following BMW’s decision not to build an M7, the companies paired up again to upgrade BMW’s 7 Series sedan into something comparable. It has even been called the “M-version” of the 7 Series by industry experts.
Using the BMW 750i xDrive and its standard twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine as a base, the engineers and mechanics behind Alpina have tuned the sedan to give it an output of 600 HP, as opposed to the 750i’s usual 445 HP — that’s a 155 HP boost in power. The 750i xDrive’s standard eight-speed transmission has also been upgraded using Alpina’s own shift programs. The new, modified version, called the BMW B7 sedan, is capable of reaching 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and has estimated top speeds of around 193 mph.
The B7 sedan debuted at the Chicago Auto Show, showing off the results of such a long-standing and compatible relationship such as the BMW Alpina partnership. The sedan itself will not go on sale until this fall, but as the launch date draws closer, BMW will release more details concerning the vehicle’s features and pricing.
In the meantime, swing by Union Park BMW for a ride in the amazing new 2016 BMW 7 Series. It truly is one of a kind.