Until BMW musters up the courage to introduce the M7, enthusiasts will have to keep looking to Alpina if they want a sporty version of the 7 Series. In the case of the new 2016 BMW 7 Series, it doesn’t look like they’ll have to wait very long. New spy shots seem to show BMW testing the 2016 Alpina B7, and while details are non-existent, it’s a welcome sign that this sport-tuned version is being tested so soon after the sixth-gen 7 Series was released just last month.

Like the U.S.-bound 2016 7 Series, this B7 was spotted in the long-wheelbase configuration, and it would seem that this powerful offering could be ready soon after this fall’s launch of the standard 7 Series lineup. From the rumors that are starting to swirl about this latest Alpina-tuned BMW, this is going to be one impressive way to mark 50 years of Alpina performance cars.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Alpina B7.

  • 2016 Alpina B7
  • Year:
    2016
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  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    600 (Est.)
  • 0-60 time:
    4 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    186 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    75000 (Est.)
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0Spy Shots0

1July 9, 2015 - First testing session1

2016 Alpina B7 High Resolution Exterior Spyshots
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2016 Alpina B7 High Resolution Exterior Spyshots
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2016 Alpina B7 High Resolution Exterior Spyshots
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0Exterior0
Cloaked in BMW’s signature funky camouflage, the only clues that this is the Alpina B7 are the front lip spoiler and an equally subtle decklid spoiler. Aside from these differences, it doesn’t appear that any other visual changes have been made to this prototype, but when it comes time for production, expect the B7 to also wear some sportier wheels, a flashier paint job and more aggressive exhaust outlets.

0Interior0

2016 BMW 7 Series Interior
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Note: 2016 BMW 7 Series interior shown,

The spy shots provided no interior images of the 2016 Alpina B7, but as is the case with current Alpina models, differences will be subtle enough to complement the 7 Series’ already-stunning interior while still adding a little extra distinction to warrant the added price. Today’s B7 gets exclusive accent trims (including piano black) as well as the Alpina logo on the steering wheel, instrument gauges and embroidered on the seat backs.

0Drivetrain0

2016 BMW 7 Series Drivetrain
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Note: 2016 BMW 750i engine bay shown.

As always, the powertrain will be the most interesting part of the 2016 Alpina B7. In its current form, the B7 is the most powerful 7 Series offered cranking out 540 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque from the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8. This is a gain of 95 horsepower over the 750i, which uses the same engine. The 2016 7 Series continues to offer this engine in the 750i, but power output for the B7 is expected to increase even higher, possibly closer to (or above) the 600-horsepower threshold.

Regardless of what power output will be, the B7 will likely be able to accelerate from 0-60 in less than four seconds as the standard 445-horsepower 2016 750i can hit that speed in 4.3 seconds – the exact same time, by the way, as the 2015 B7. This is due to a curb weight that has shed 190 pounds, and the B7 should continue to be offered in both rear- and all-wheel drive layouts.

0Prices0
Looking at the 2015 BMW 7 Series lineup, expect the price of the 2016 Alpina B7 to start considerably higher than the standard 7 Series models and about $3,000 more than the current model (which seems to be the market for the 2016 7 Series). With the new 7 only being sold in the U.S. as a long-wheelbase, that would mean that the new B7 should be priced at around $135,000 for rear-wheel drive and at least $138,000 for xDrive-equipped models.

0Competition0
12014 Mercedes-AMG S631

2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC High Resolution Exterior
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With 577 horsepower churned from its 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8, the 2015 Mercedes-AMG S63 is the current leader in the segment of insanely powerful, sporty and luxurious sedans, and this monster of an engine allows the big AMG sedan to sprint from 0-60 in just 3.9 seconds. Not only that, but Mercedes also manages to make the S-Class (in all forms) more aggressive looking than the 2016 7 Series, and the $141,450 starting price is about spot on for where the 2016 Alpina B7 will be priced.

Read our full review of the Mercedes-AMG S63 here.

12015 Audi A81

2015 Audi A8 High Resolution Exterior
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Forget the sport-tuned Audi S8, if you’re looking for the most horsepower out of Audi’s flagship sedan, then the Audi A8 L W12 is the way to go. This 6.3-liter, 12-cylinder engine lays down an impressive 500 horsepower with all of the luxury and performance the B7 provides. Its $137,900 price tag makes it the most expensive model of the A8 lineup, but if performance is more important than luxury, the 520-horsepower 2015 Audi S8 can blast from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds – about 0.5 seconds faster than the A8 L W12.

Read our full review of the 2015 Audi A8 here. and of the 2015 Audi S8 here.

0Conclusion0
BMW has not released any information or the expected launch date of the 2016 Alpina B7, but with the 7 Series breaking cover last month, the performance version shouldn’t be too far behind. Assuming that the 2017 BMW M7 never makes it into production (based on the various on-again/off-again rumors), the Alpina B7 is about the sportiest way to experience the luxurious land yacht that is the 7 Series.

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    • * Styling too conservative compared to Mercedes-AMG S63
    • * No standard wheelbase model

Press Release

A new supersaloon that will reach 62 mph (100 kmh) in just 4.0 seconds and push on to 193 mph will be revealed by ALPINA at the 2016 Geneva autoshow next month. With an ALPINA-optimised 4.4 litre V8 delivering a remarkable 600 hp and 800 Nm (available from 3,000 rpm), the new B7 Bi-Turbo will be the most powerful and most luxurious model in the bespoke vehicle manufacturer’s range.

“The B7 Bi-Turbo has been developed to combine very high levels of comfort with astonishing performance and driving dynamics,” explains ALPINA GB brand manager Gary Lott. “The 70-strong ALPINA engineering team, with exceptional access to BMW data and facilities, has not compromised. At the touch of a button, this remarkable vehicle sharpens to provide the agility and lateral dynamics normally associated with a more focussed sportscar, while still retaining the ride quality of a luxury saloon.”

One of the keys to this combination of comfort and handling is maintaining the lowest appropriate weight, complementing BMW’s investments in ground-breaking light weight technologies such as the new, high-strength Carbon Core, in which the vehicle’s A-, B- and C-pillars, the transmission tunnel and the windscreen header are all made from carbon fibre composite. To keep both sprung and unsprung mass down, further enhancing driving dynamics and ride comfort on the UK’s uniquely demanding roads, the UK-specification ALPINA B7 Bi-Turbo will be available only with Rear Wheel Drive.

UK cars will also have air suspension, Active Roll Stabilisation and ALPINA-tuned active rear steering, which turns the rear wheels a maximum of three degrees the opposite way to the front wheels at low speeds and the same way at higher speeds.

ALPINA has also invested considerable expertise in the engine. The highly-responsive, direct injection V8 uses two specially-developed twin-scroll turbochargers located between the cylinder banks, operating in parallel to deliver up to 1.2 bar with minimum inertia. Particular attention has been paid to airflow optimisation, with short intake paths and optimised radii to allow near-instant throttle response. An indirect intercooler system (air/water/air) further improves both power and responsiveness, with a main intercooler feeding the two large-volume close-coupled intercoolers. Together with additional radiators, the system ensures the thermodynamic stability of the V8 Bi-Turbo engine at all times, even under the highest sustained loads and most aggressive ambient air temperatures.

Wheels are 20” ALPINA Classic 20 spoke with the option of a new, 21” design made from high-strength, forged aluminium with visible wheel bolts and no centre hub covers. Aerodynamics have been optimised in BMW’s wind tunnel and are enhanced by unique ALPINA front and rear spoilers. The bespoke look is further enhanced by a four-outlet, light weight stainless steel ALPINA sports exhaust system that has been tuned to reduce back pressure as well as providing a choice of two driver-selectable, bass-focussed sounds.

ALPINA’s work on the eight-speed automatic transmission is another reason for the exceptional acceleration of the new B7 Bi-Turbo. The result of extensive analysis and strengthening to ensure durability to high mileages - even with the very high torque output of the V8 Bi-Turbo engine - its immense strength means that the torque reduction commonly applied during upshifts is not required. ALPINA’s chassis electronics specialists have developed their own calibration for the Dynamic Traction Control system to ensure that the characteristics of the engine and transmission can be fully exploited for maximum performance and driver enjoyment.

Luxurious, hand-crafted interiors

Inside, the new B7 Bi-Turbo can be specified with an almost limitless range of options. Standard equipment on UK-market cars includes high-end Nappa leather, a leather-covered instrument panel, ceramic applications on selected control elements, soft close doors, a full-colour Head-Up Display and a rear view camera. The driver’s connection with the car and its dynamic performance is enhanced by a sports steering wheel, hand-finished in exceptionally high-quality LAVALINA leather with stitching in ALPINA Blue and Green. Door sills are enhanced by ALPINA Blue illumination of the B7 model inscriptions coordinating with interior ALPINA Blue mood lighting features.

The unique ALPINA styling of the exterior can be enriched by ALPINA’s iconic decal sets along the sides and on the front spoiler, while the interior of each car is finished with a unique, numbered production plaque on the centre console.

Very small numbers of this astonishing supersaloon will be available in the UK, with prices currently estimated as starting around £115,000. Like all new ALPINAs, the new B7 Bi-Turbo will be supplied with a two year BMW-endorsed warranty.

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