2013 BMW Alpina B7: Updated 7 Means Updated B7, Now with 540 hp
The BMW Alpina B7 is pretty nicely-liked inside the halls of C/D headquarters. Basically a BMW 7-series with much more power, much more interior dressing, and even greater handling, the Alpina-fettled 7 boasts an intoxicating combine of grace and athleticism. And now that the 7-series has been updated for 2013, so has the B7. Just before you request, yes, Alpina managed to extract even more electrical power from BMW’s twin-turbocharged V-8, and, yes, it nonetheless rides on beautiful 21-inch wheels with Alpina’s signature twenty-spoke style.
Alpina, for these not in the know, is far more or significantly less a semi-independent extension of BMW that churns out tuned versions of that company’s wares—cars like the B3, B5, and B6. The B7 is the only Alpina solution provided in the States. It’s based on the 750i / 750Li and is therefore offered in quick- and long-wheelbase kind with both rear- or all-wheel drive. It is been said far more than once that Alpina’s B7 sedan is what an M-badged 7-series would be, offered the car’s substantial upgrades that comparison may possibly turn out to be much more direct since we’ve learned BMW is interested in building an M7. For now, although, the B7 stays the fastest, most unique iteration of the 7 out there.
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Just like the 2013 7-series lineup, the 2013 B7 gets somewhat massaged front-end styling, a new eight-speed automated transmission in place of final year’s six-cog unit, and some engine tweaks. The B7’s twin-turbo four.four-liter V-8 gets BMW’s Valvetronic variable valve-lift method, which assists boost output by 40 hp and 22 lb-ft of torque above final year’s B7. The new totals are 540 hp and 538 lb-ft. (The typical 7’s V-8 received the identical Valvetronic upgrade and gained 45 hp and 30 lb-ft of torque for totals of 445 hp and 480 lb-ft.)
The large big difference in energy amongst the B7 and the 750i comes from bigger turbos, greater intercoolers, oil coolers for the transmission and engine, large-overall performance pistons, and beefed-up cylinder heads. In addition to this go-more rapidly gear, the 2013 B7 also inherits the same engine halt-begin program that the regular 7 gets.
According to Alpina, the 2013 B7 now can hit a drag-restricted terminal velocity of 194 mph with rear-wheel drive and 193 for all-wheel-drive designs both figures are up from 175 mph. The business predicts the run from zero to 60 mph will now consider amongst 4.three and 4.four seconds. We ran each rear- and all-wheel-drive 2011 B7 models to 60 mph in just four.3 seconds in our testing, so Alpina’s overall performance estimates likely are conservative.
The refreshed B7 will make its debut at the Pebble Seaside Concours d’Elegance this August, and will go on sale at roughly the identical time. Pricing for the 2013 B7 increases by $ 5000 for every single model, but there is one new (notable) normal feature as effectively as some new options. Ceramic-coated knobs—previously optional—are now integrated, even though full-LED headlights and a Bang & Olufsen audio system are available. Plus, there is the 2013 B7’s 40 further hp. Pricing starts at $ 128,495 for the quick-wheelbase, rear-drive B7, and the prolonged-wheelbase version charges $ 132,395. Including xDrive all-wheel drive to both adds $ 3000.
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