The all-new 2017 BMW Alpina B7 is among a rarefied group of fully appointed, ultra-high-performance luxury sedans. There are certainly no slouches in this price range, but the BMW manages to hold its own against stiff competition. Within its market segment, the Alpina B7 leans toward the sporty end of the spectrum, with precision dynamics and stunning engine response aimed at driving enthusiasts, while delivering the luxury and convenience features that upscale shoppers expect.
For the B7, BMW turned to its traditional performance partner, Alpina, which helped transform the standard BMW 7 Series sedan with a variety of targeted upgrades to the suspension and powerplant, as well as a number of exclusive interior and exterior touches. As a result, the Alpina B7 tops the standard 7 Series lineup with increased performance, a host of standard features and a considerable degree of exclusivity.
Inside, the BMW matches its competitors feature-for-feature with such details as leather seats with massage functions up front, four-zone climate control, and the latest entertainment and safety technology. Several packages and options allow buyers to add even more driver-assist, luxury and convenience features.
The Alpina B7 is propelled by a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that generates 600 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. The standard sport-tuned, eight-speed automatic transmission includes multiple driving modes and quick-shift buttons. BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system is also standard.
Fuel economy is not generally a strong suit in the luxury-performance class, but despite its 4,820-pound curb weight and copious power, the Alpina B7 manages a respectable EPA rating of 18 mpg combined (16 city/24 highway).
Behind the wheel, drivers will find the Alpina B7’s road manners to be exceptional, courtesy of an advanced suspension system, four-wheel steering and more horsepower than most people will ever use on a public street. BMW originally estimated the B7’s top speed at 193 mph but revised that figure to 205 mph after testing, which also yielded a quoted 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds.
The Alpina B7 is only available in one trim level, but the extensive list of standard features will likely satisfy many buyers. Those who wish to add some personalization can choose from a few feature-laden packages and accessories. If you're in the market for a 2017 BMW B7 Alpina, we like your style. Let Edmunds help you find the perfect B7 for your needs.
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