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2021 BMW Alpina B7 Review

  • Smooth yet ridiculously quick acceleration
  • Prestige and exclusivity from low volume and overall distinctiveness
  • Opulent and spacious back seats
  • Unintuitive gesture controls
  • Rear seats don't fold down
  • No significant changes for 2021
  • Based on the sixth 7 Series generation introduced for 2016

Is a regular 7 Series not quite exciting or exclusive enough for you? Well, consider checking out the 2021 BMW Alpina B7. Developed by independent manufacturer Alpina, the B7 is a high-performance 7 Series available at your local BMW dealer. It slots between the 750i and the M760i in terms of price, using the engine from the former and boosting it to power levels similar to the latter. Though it's fair to say BMW's classic "Ultimate Driving Machine" ad tagline doesn't fit every vehicle the brand makes anymore, the description is quite apt for the Alpina B7.

The B7's upgrades aren't limited to just engine enhancements. The B7 also features a sport exhaust system, an increased top speed thanks to the use of specialized non-run-flat tires, and Alpina-specific tuning for the transmission, suspension and all-wheel-drive system. It also features two unique paint schemes not offered on any other BMW. Upgrades to the interior are minor but include a steering wheel wrapped in Alpina's signature Lavalina leather.  

Perhaps even more important than the overall performance of the Alpina B7 is its exclusivity. Other than price, there are no barriers to entry in this class — if you want a Mercedes-Benz AMG S-Class or Audi S8, you simply go to the dealer and buy one. Alpina produces fewer than 2,000 cars annually, and most are variants of less expensive BMW models destined for other countries. The U.S. allocation is fairly small, making the B7 a rare sight indeed. We think the Alpina B7's asking price is worth the level of performance, comfort and exclusivity afforded by this illustrious sedan.

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The BMW Alpina B7 is a peculiar car that nevertheless exceeds whatever your expectations might be. It's an effortless cruiser that's immensely powerful and surprisingly agile. Convoluted and gimmicky technology features mar an otherwise excellent and unique high-speed extreme luxury car.
You'd expect a lot from 600 horsepower, but this sedan still manages to overdeliver. The 0-60 mph sprint takes just 3.6 seconds, which is frankly phenomenal for a car this size. When you aren't mashing the throttle, the B7 impresses with restrained throttle calibration and nearly imperceptible shifts.

But the B7 isn't just a speed demon. The powerful brakes bring this super-sled to a stop from 60 mph in a sports car-like 105 feet. Handling is sublime for a car with this much mass, thanks in part to the trick adaptive dampers. The steering is well tuned and nicely balanced overall, but turning the dial to Sport+ adds a silly amount of steering resistance.
The B7 delivers comfort in spades, starting with seats that set a benchmark for the class. They feature extensive seat adjustments with multiple massage settings and pillow-like headrests. The overall perception of luxury continues with the remarkably smooth — but not overly soft — suspension calibration. Even in the sportiest setting, the ride is acceptably firm and not harsh in the slightest. There's minimal wind, road and tire noise, and the engine only produces its sonorous growl when you stomp on the gas pedal.

The only quibble we have is with the climate system. It's undoubtedly powerful and comprehensive — the B7 even features heated armrests — but the level of customization can be daunting.
The fundamentals of the B7's interior — as well as those of the underlying BMW 7 Series — are stellar. As is typical of this class, the B7's sheer size affords tons of interior space front and back. Only an occupant in the middle seat will feel the pinch in headroom due to the elevated seat position.

The B7 is easy to get in and out of, especially since the air suspension can raise the height to allow a more graceful entry or exit. It's fairly easy to see out of, and a bevy of cameras and sensors cover the blind spots that exist. And while you can get familiar with the bulk of the interior controls, the reliance on touch-sensitive switches and abundance of adjustments can be a source of frequent frustration.
BMW's taken the kitchen-sink approach when it comes to tech, adding everything plus more. The driving aids are well executed and take the frustration out of the stop-and-go grind. An excellent camera system shows every angle you'd want for parking. The voice control system understands and responds to commands with surprising ease and quickness, making it a breeze to navigate through the sometimes confusing menu structure. The B7 doesn't support Android Auto yet — the functionality is coming in the near future — but iPhone users can enjoy wireless Apple CarPlay right now.

The overall package has a solid foundation but is hampered by gimmicks. The gesture controls give false positives, and the oversized, overly complicated key fob adds little benefit and many inconveniences, such as requiring charging.
A large vehicle offers advantages when it comes to space to put stuff, and the B7 makes full use of its size. The 18.2-cubic-foot trunk is massive, surpassing the capacity of most other large luxury sedans. As with others in this class, the rear seats don't fold, but a center pass-through will allow you to carry long items. The interior has plenty of storage for small items, including large door pockets and small bins and cubbies for rear passengers.

The leather is so nice that you might not want to install a car seat, but if you must, accessing the anchors might present a challenge. They are hidden behind zippers that are pretty but difficult to open and place a buckle through.
The EPA rates the B7 at 20 mpg combined (17 city/25 highway), which is average for a high-output luxury sedan. In our testing we found these numbers to be fairly realistic, though your ability to match them largely depends on how frequently you dip into the B7's prodigious power.
Value is relative within the context of powerful German super luxury sedans, but we'll give it our best shot. At first glance, the B7's interior is exceptionally crafted and detailed, but our tester had a few warts that detracted from the highfalutin appearance.

The headrests sound hollow and cheap when you tap them, and the underside of the steering wheel squeaks if you press it with your thumbs. During our test, the left rear door occasionally refused to open from the inside even with the child lock disabled. Despite these minor flaws, the B7's performance, uniqueness and sheer luxury make the approximate $140,000 MSRP seem reasonable.
Ridiculous acceleration and admirable handling make the B7 fun, sure, but it's the smoothness and sheer luxury that make it so addicting. That plus the cool factor of the Alpina badge and the exclusivity from the vehicle's limited availability mean driving the B7 always feels special.

Which ALPINA B7 does Edmunds recommend?

The Alpina B7 is well equipped out of the gate, and even comes with features that cost extra on the standard BMW 7 Series. That said, there are still some gems on the options list. The Interior Design package adds extra wood trim in areas you wouldn't expect it, such as the grab handles and seat-belt surrounds. The Luxury Rear Seating package spreads the love to the back, outfitting the rear seats with ventilation and massage. We'd also spec the ambient lighting for the sunroof for a dramatic presentation, as well as the Bowers & Wilkins sound system for audiophile levels of clarity.

BMW ALPINA B7 models

The 2021 BMW Alpina B7 is a high-performance variant of the BMW 7 Series large luxury sedan. Under its hood is a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 producing a massive 600 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The B7 comes in a single well-equipped trim, with a small number of features packages and stand-alone options.

Standard features for the Alpina B7 include:

  • 20-inch wheels with summer performance tires
  • Rear-axle steering
  • Air suspension with adaptive dampers with road-sensing camera
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Soft-close doors (catch as they're being closed and gently pull shut)
  • Four-zone automatic climate control
  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line on the windshield)
  • Leather interior trim
  • Heated armrests and steering wheel
  • Heated and ventilated front seats with massage
  • Heated rear seats
  • Power rear sunshades
  • 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay
  • Ceramic-trimmed interior controls
  • Wireless smartphone charging pad

The Alpina B7 also comes with a full suite of advanced safety and driver aids, such as:

  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while in reverse)
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the B7 and the car in front)
  • Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
  • Front and rear parking sensors (alerts you to obstacles that may not be visible behind or in front of the vehicle when parking)
  • Automated parking system (steers into a parking spot with no driver intervention)
  • 360-degree camera system (gives you a top-down view of the Alpina B7 and its surroundings for tight parking situations)

Though already loaded to the gills with goodies, the Alpina B7 has a few packages and stand-alone options for further personalization. These include:

  • Luxury Rear Seating package
    • Power-adjustable rear seats with ventilation and massage
    • Heated rear armrests
    • Rear touchscreen control panel
  • Rear Executive Lounge Seating package
    • Luxury Rear Seating package
    • Electrically deployable footrest for right rear passenger
    • Rear-seat entertainment system
    • Rear console replaces middle seat
    • Removes some functionality from front passenger seat
  • Interior Design package
    • Wood grab handles, rear armrest and seat-belt covers
    • Imitation suede headliner
    • Premium floor mats
  • 21-inch wheels
  • All-season tires
  • Ambient lighting for the sunroof
  • Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system

Consumer reviews

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Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
17 City / 24 Hwy / 19 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 20.6 gal. capacity
5 seats
Type: all wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
V8 cylinder
Horsepower: 600 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 590 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Length: 207.4 in. / Height: 58.7 in. / Width: 74.9 in.
Curb Weight: 4866 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 18.2 cu.ft.
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Our experts’ favorite ALPINA B7 safety features:

Active Protection
Reacts to imminent accidents by pre-tensioning seat belts, closing windows and activating post-accident braking.
Parking Assistant Plus
Steers the vehicle into a parallel parking spot without relying on driver input.
Surround View w/ 3D View
Provides a bird's-eye view of the B7 to make parking this big sedan easier.

BMW Alpina B7 vs. the competition

2021 BMW Alpina B7

2021 BMW Alpina B7

2020 BMW 7 Series

2020 BMW 7 Series

BMW Alpina B7 vs. BMW 7 Series

To create the B7, Alpina starts with a BMW 7 Series, beefs up the V8 engine, and adds unique interior styling bits. So if you don't need the Alpina's extra performance, you can buy one of several BMW models and save yourself some serious coin. That said, if you're considering the range-topping M760i, know that the Alpina B7 offers similar power for less money.

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BMW Alpina B7 vs. Mercedes-Benz S-Class

One of the world's preeminent luxury sedans is in store for a massive overhaul for 2021. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is fully redesigned, complete with new features that will likely set the bar for high-end tech accoutrements. It receives the biggest upgrade inside, complete with a low-mounted touchscreen and extensive use of ambient lighting. Look for models with AMG badging to compete directly against the Alpina.

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BMW Alpina B7 vs. Maserati Quattroporte

Powered by a Ferrari-sourced twin-turbo V8, the Maserati Quattroporte is one of the most illustrious sport sedans on the market. While the GTS model has more than enough power to scoot along, the Trofeo is the one to get if you're looking for maximum performance. However, the Quattroporte Trofeo packs less power and torque than the Alpina, and its estimated 0-60 mph time is a full second slower.

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Is the BMW ALPINA B7 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 ALPINA B7 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.2 out of 10. You probably care about BMW ALPINA B7 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the ALPINA B7 gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the ALPINA B7 has 18.2 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a BMW ALPINA B7. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 BMW ALPINA B7?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 BMW ALPINA B7:

  • No significant changes for 2021
  • Based on the sixth 7 Series generation introduced for 2016
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Is the BMW ALPINA B7 reliable?

To determine whether the BMW ALPINA B7 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the ALPINA B7. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the ALPINA B7's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 BMW ALPINA B7 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 BMW ALPINA B7 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 ALPINA B7 and gave it a 8.2 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 ALPINA B7 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 BMW ALPINA B7?

The least-expensive 2021 BMW ALPINA B7 is the 2021 BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $143,200.

Other versions include:

  • xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $143,200
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What are the different models of BMW ALPINA B7?

If you're interested in the BMW ALPINA B7, the next question is, which ALPINA B7 model is right for you? ALPINA B7 variants include xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of ALPINA B7 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2021 BMW ALPINA B7 Overview

The 2021 BMW ALPINA B7 is offered in the following submodels: ALPINA B7 Sedan. Available styles include xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A).

What do people think of the 2021 BMW ALPINA B7?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 BMW ALPINA B7 and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 ALPINA B7.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 BMW ALPINA B7 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 ALPINA B7 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 BMW ALPINA B7?

2021 BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $157,445. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $11,182 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $11,182 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $146,263.

The average savings for the 2021 BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) is 7.1% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 BMW ALPINA B7?

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