2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive Bound for Dealerships in September| Edmunds

2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive Bound for Dealerships in September

WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey — The all-new 2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive, the high-performance version of the BMW 7 Series flagship sedan, will arrive at select BMW dealerships in September, BMW of North America announced on Monday.

Pricing will be available closer to market launch.

Targeting the Audi S8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class S63 AMG 4Matic, the 2017 Alpina B7 xDrive is offered exclusively with xDrive all-wheel-drive technology.

Signature Alpina styling cues include multi-spoke wheels, front and rear spoilers and exclusive paint finishes in Alpina Blue metallic and Alpina green metallic.

A new-generation 4.4-liter V8 engine with twin-turbocharging is at the heart of the 2017 Alpina B7 xDrive. It delivers 600 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to an eight-speed sport automatic transmission with a Manual mode.

The performance luxury sedan sprints from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, 0.8 second faster than its predecessor. BMW said the Alpina B7 xDrive has a preliminary top speed of 193 mph.

The EPA has not announced official fuel economy numbers.

Suspension technology on the Alpina B7 xDrive has been geared to offer the driver "an exceptional range of driving experiences," the automaker said.

Ride height can be adjusted up or down at the push of a button, depending on the driver's preference for a comfort or sport-oriented chassis. Overall, a maximum ride-height adjustment range of 1.6 inches is available.

At speeds above 140 mph, the ride height of the Alpina B7 xDrive is lowered by 0.8 inch, resulting in a lower center of gravity and greater high-speed stability.

The ride height can also be raised by 0.8 inch up to a speed of 20 mph in order to increase ground clearance.

New for 2017 is Integral Active Steering "for ultimate dynamics and comfort," said BMW. This system combines a variable-ratio electric steering system at the front axle with active steering on the rear axle. This provides increased agility at low speeds and maximum directional stability at higher speeds.

Standard equipment includes Napa leather and ceramic trim in the cabin, a full-color head-up display, rearview camera and state-of-the-art navigation, communication and infotainment systems.

Edmunds says: Production capacity may be limited, so it's best to get the conversation going with your BMW dealer if you want to get in line for the 2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive.

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