2012 BMW ALPINA B7 SWB
(4.4L V8 Twin-turbo 6-speed Automatic)
What our ratings include
Date Driven: 11/16/2010 (2011 model)
The twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 makes tremendous power. But the quick acceleration is slightly marred by a small amount of lag during initial throttle application.
The B7 is initially softer in driving performance than its aggressive styling suggests. But move the adjustable driving dynamics setting to the Sport+ mode, push the B7 harder, and the car livens up.
Surprisingly excellent ride quality and impact control, especially considering the massive 21-inch diameter wheels and low-profile tires.
There is a bit of road noise from the big tires, but very quiet otherwise. The engine and exhaust note might be too quiet for this high-performance beast.
Very good switch feeling. The iDrive multi-function controller is a big improvement over the original version.
Good visibility as the roof pillars aren't very thick. There is also an available blind spot detection system, a lane departure warning system and perimeter camera system. However, the outer mirrors are quite small.
Seat Access & Space
Multi-power adjustable perforated leather seats with massaging are very comfortable. There's also a standard heated steering wheel for cold mornings.
Cargo & Storage
Small center console box and glovebox. Shallow cupholders. Decent-size trunk, but not very big for a large car.
Deep paint, good materials, especially luxurious faux suede headliner.