2019 BMW ALPINA B7
- A one-year subscription of Apple CarPlay support comes standard
- The active safety features previously available in the Driving Assistance package are now standard
- Based on the sixth 7 Series generation introduced for 2016
- Smooth yet ridiculous acceleration
- Prestige and exclusivity from low volume and overall distinctiveness
- Opulent and spacious back seats
- Subscription-based Apple CarPlay support
- Rear seats don't fold down
- Only available in just one configuration
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Which ALPINA B7 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4 / 5
High-performance large luxury sedans are a special breed, pairing extremes of both acceleration and refinement in the hunt for ultimate exclusivity. Even in this small, rigorously competitive group of vehicles, the 2019 BMW Alpina B7 is a standout.
The B7 starts as a BMW 7 Series. From there, Alpina, a German company that's closely aligned with the automaker, applies its special sauce. Changes range from modification of the engine and suspension to revised bodywork and unique colors and interior layouts. This all-wheel-drive sedan also sports 600 horsepower. In our testing, it rocketed from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. Keep your foot in it and BMW says the B7 will top out at 193 mph.
Speed is a mere bonus, though, as the B7's focus is primarily on driving comfort and finesse. Its front seats are among the most comfortable and supportive you'll find, for instance, and this big sedan is also one of a few that can be ordered with rear-seat upgrades that include a reclining function and a footrest.
There are a few sedans that provide similar levels of opulence and performance, with the Audi S8 and the Mercedes-AMG S63 being the most obvious competitors. They're all great, of course, yet B7's rarity makes it a more exclusive choice.
Trim levels & features
The 2019 BMW Alpina B7 is available in one highly equipped trim level. There's only one engine choice, and it's a good one: a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that produces 600 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are standard.
As you might expect, the B7 packs many standard features. They include an adaptive air suspension that can raise the vehicle for greater ground clearance or lower it for high-speed aerodynamics. Rear-wheel steering is standard, improving both low-speed nimbleness and high-speed stability. Perhaps the most interesting piece of technology is the Active Comfort Drive with Road Preview system, which uses cameras to watch the road ahead and adjusts the suspension in anticipation of bumps.
Alpina-specific exterior features include specially styled bumpers, quad exhaust finishers, a rear spoiler and 20-inch wheels. Other standard exterior equipment consists of LED headlights with auto high beams, heated and power-folding side mirrors, soft-close doors, parking sensors, a rearview camera, automatic wipers and hands-free trunk operation.
The interior boasts 20-way power-adjustable front seats (with heating, ventilation and massage), premium leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, BMW's iDrive interface with a 10.2-inch display, a head-up display, adjustable ambiance lighting, a power-adjustable steering wheel, four-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof and power side window shades.
Other technology features include a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a one-year subscription of Apple CarPlay support, wireless phone charging, an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot, a large key fob with an LCD touchscreen, a surround-view parking camera system, and automated parallel and perpendicular parking.
Standard active safety and driver assistance features include blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning and mitigation, lane departure warning and speed limit information. An optional Driving Assistance Plus package adds lane departure intervention and adaptive cruise control.
The Luxury Rear Seating package installs extra-plush seats with ventilation and massage function, heated armrests, and a 7-inch tablet to control vehicle functions. The Rear Executive Lounge Seating package adds a reclining rear seat and footrest, rear-seat entertainment, and a table that folds out from the center console. This package also removes the rear center seat along with the front-passenger seat massage, side bolster, lumbar and headrest adjustments.
Stand-alone options include an Ambient Air package that infuses the climate control with various scents, a 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround-sound system, a system that allows you to park the car using only the key fob, and a night-vision camera.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the BMW Alpina B7 (turbo 4.4L V8 | 8-speed automatic | AWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2017, the current Alpina B7 has received some revisions, including the addition of a subscription-based Apple CarPlay support system and active safety and driver assistance features. Our findings remain applicable to this year's Alpina B7.
Noise & vibration5
Ease of use3
Getting in/getting out4
Child safety seat accommodation3
Audio & navigation3
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite ALPINA B7 safety features:
- Active Protection System
- Reacts to imminent accidents by pre-tensioning seat belts, closing windows and activating post-accident braking.
- Active Blind Spot Detection
- Warns you with LED lights if a vehicle is in or quickly approaching your blind spot.
- Pedestrian Warning With City Braking
- Alerts you if a pedestrian is in front of the vehicle and primes the brakes. If you don't react, the system automatically slows the car.
BMW Alpina B7 vs. the competition
2019 BMW Alpina B7
2018 Audi S8
BMW Alpina B7 vs. Audi S8
Both of these all-wheel-drive supersedans are similarly powerful and quick, and both offer the bragging rights that come with top speeds around 190 mph. The Alpina's color and interior leather options are more exuberant, and the additional details such as blue gauges and extra badges add an aura of exclusivity. The S8 interior has a similar fastidiousness with regard to appointments and quality, but it lacks the extensive rear-seat upgrades.
BMW Alpina B7 vs. Porsche Panamera
Consider the Porsche Panamera if you're seeking more sports car influence in your large German sedan. While these two offer luxury in spades, the BMW is biased more toward overall comfort. You get more choices with the Porsche, though. You get more interior trim customization options and additional available configurations that include hybrid, long-wheelbase and wagon variants.
BMW Alpina B7 vs. Mercedes-Benz S-Class
The AMG S63 lines up so closely with the Alpina B7 that the differences largely come down to personal preference. Along with all-wheel drive and nearly identical power from their turbo V8s, these two both offer multiple rear-seat upgrades that are intended for transporting VIPs. In this prestigious group, the Alpina's limited availability may give it an edge to some shoppers.
2019 BMW ALPINA B7 Overview
The 2019 BMW ALPINA B7 is offered in the following submodels: ALPINA B7 Sedan. Available styles include xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A).
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