In the days I was in Geneva for GPHG, Zenith lanch and many other events, I got the chance to meet with Pierre from Alpina Automobiles. He showed me the latest BMW Alpina B7, present in front of the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva. This one and other several cars were on display in front of the hotel. For those interested in more, a drive test was possible, but I lack the time for fun. I had to resume for some pictures. The full specifications and the official Alpina B7 press release will be available at the end of the article.
BMW Alpina B7
Exterior elements that create the look of a beast
The Alpina B7 version of the BMW 7-series is a long-wheelbase all wheels drive from the Bavarian BMW. The aggressive look fits excellent the technical specifications under the bonnet – 4.4-litre V8 engine with Bi-Turbo.
The front look view with large BMW grill is adorned with nice redesigned bumper featuring the Alpina logo.
The front intakes are adorned with chrome elements, balancing the slim headlights.
Laser lights can achieve in certain conditions up to 600m reach of light. The output of the LED and Laser light is triggered by the road conditions, speed and environment. The car’s computers monitor continuously the ambient conditions and automobile’s state to bring on the street the highest amount of light possible.
The chromed details can be found on various parts of the car to create an elegant appearance.
Alpina equips the B7 with personalised Alpina hardware and software to bring a truly bespoke experience. Not only the exterior aspect is improved, but also various system like the state-of-the-art suspension and brakes are improved.
The back brings the same aggressive appearance. The steel tailpipes contribute to the powerful look.
Again, small chromed details enrich the B7 body. Below, a glimpse of the magical looking AMOLED backlights.
A bespoke interior with Alpina signature
The Alpina B7 interior can be bespoke to a quit high degree. A view of the interior from the driver seat can be seen in the video below. The video shows the driver perspective.
The Alpina B7 features the digital instrument display with a new ALPINA design. The central console follows the luxury lines of the interior.
The touch of luxury can be found in every detail of the Alpina B7.
The back seats respect all the rigours of a limousine. The seats can be fully adjusted and are fitted with a full multimedia experience.
The comfort is the name of the game: the back seats with generous legroom offer a comfortable ride.
The view from the back seats is excellent. Even the Alpina B7 central console is nice to see.
Some final words and the media gallery
BMW Alpina B7 is presented with an excellent package: exterior and interior. Alpina’s modifications to the 7-series are exquisite. All the new elements make sense. There is nothing just thrown in there.
The bespoke possibilities can satisfy any requirement (of course, not the ridiculous ones). The version seen at Geneva satisfied me from the aesthetical point a view. The next step will be to make a drive test: as a chauffeur but also as a back passenger.
BMW Alpina B7 Official Press Release
The all-new BMW ALPINA B7 – Power, Dynamics and Luxury in a new contemporary design.
Since 2016, the BMW ALPINA B7 has spearheaded the ALPINA model portfolio, impressing aficionados around the world with its exceptional performance and unsurpassed driving experience.
Having undergone comprehensive updates the BMW ALPINA B7 enters a new era in 2019 – sharp, luxurious and performant. With an enhanced drivetrain, thoroughly revised design as well as state-of-the-art driver assistance and connectivity systems, the new BMW ALPINA B7 is ready to please the most discerning customers.
• The stunning design of the new BMW ALPINA B7 strikes a balance between luxurious elegance and dynamic presence. Both the front, characterized by a demanding BMW kidney grill and subtle free-floating ALPINA lettering, and the rear, with polished stainless steel tailpipes and diffusor, underline the breathtaking performance potential of this luxury super saloon. ALPINA styling and aerodynamic elements and iconic wheels integrate seamlessly to create an elegant and exclusive appearance.
• The latest generation 4.4-liter V8 engine with Bi-Turbo charging delivers 447 kW (608 hp) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque. With a significant increase in power and torque at lower rpm and advanced transmission technology, the new BMW ALPINA B7 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in just 3.6 seconds (previously 3.7 seconds) and can reach a maximum speed of 330 km/h (205 mph).
• The chassis of the new BMW ALPINA B7 combines state-of-the-art suspension technologies with ALPINA specific hardware and software calibration to offer both outstanding ride comfort and superior driving dynamics. Electronically adjustable dampers, two-axle air suspension with automatic self-levelling, active roll stabilization and rear-axle steering deliver unmatched levels of accuracy and agility in the luxury super saloon segment.
• Special ALPINA Sport+ Mode adjusts all vehicle, drivetrain and suspension settings to maximum dynamic performance and lowers the ride height by 15 mm (0.6”) at the touch of a button.
• In the interior, discreet ALPINA details, finest materials and workmanship of the highest quality convey a particularly luxurious ambience. The ALPINA Manufactory and in-house leather workshop offer an almost limitless scope of individualised interior upholsteries made by master craftsmen using the world’s finest leather.
• The advanced full-colour digital instrument display features an new ALPINA design with a classic or dynamic visualisation depending on the selected driving mode. It is networked to the latest connectivity and communication functions.
• The extended scope of the new BMW ALPINA B7’s equipment includes state-of-the-art infotainment and navigation systems, extended comfort features and advanced safety systems like the Driving Assistant Professional, as standard.
• Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are measured according to the new WLTP test procedures. The new BMW ALPINA B7 fulfils the latest Euro 6d emission standards and features petrol particulate filters that reduce the emissions to a minimum. Fuel consumption combined according to Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in its current version is 11.6 l/100 km with CO2 emissions of 265 g/km*.
* Preliminary Data. Stated fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are measured pursuant to EU Regulation 715/2007 in its applicable version. For more information please see NEW TEST PROCEDURE (WLTP) at the end of this press information.
Smooth performance, explosive power delivery.
Besides its much lauded smoothness, the new BMW ALPINA B7 impresses with sharpened responsiveness and more dynamic power delivery over the entire rpm range. Continuous developments and detailed enhancements mean the combination of high torque output and a transmission with great dynamic capabilities results in further improved driving performance.
The latest generation 4.4-liter V8 engine with two twin-scroll turbochargers, petrol direct injection and Valvetronic, delivers 447 kW (608 hp) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque.
Besides new 54 mm turbines on the turbocharges, the intercoolers now feature an interconnection which acts like an equaliser, reducing pressure pulsations between the two cylinder banks of the V8 engine. This together with a new engine management software means that the peak torque of 800 Nm (590 lb-ft), an increase of 20 %, is now available at only 2000 rpm and all the way up to 5000 rpm. This leads to significantly improved throttle response, more engaging power delivery and an effective performance gain in the most relevant rpm range.
The new BMW ALPINA B7 now accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in just 3.6 seconds (previously 3.7 seconds) and can reach a maximum speed of 330 km/h (205 mph).
All components of the ALPINA high-performance cooling system are designed to remove inefficiencies and maximize effectiveness – special high-volume coolers are interconnected by large diameter hosing for maximum throughput. The ALPINA specific intercoolers comprise an indirect air / water / air set-up to facilitate short air intake paths. Combined with additional external water coolers and a transmission oil cooler, the system ensures the thermodynamic stability of the V8 Bi-Turbo engine at all times, even under highest loads and ambient air temperatures.
The BMW ALPINA B7 features the latest generation 8-Speed Sport Automatic Transmission from ZF (8HP76) with ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC. The transmission software has been thoroughly reworked by ALPINA and adapted specifically to the performance characteristics of the new engine, offering exceptional driving comfort and dynamic performance in all situations.
Close gear ratios and a total spread of 7.81:1 results in high level of shift comfort and efficiency. In Automatic Mode the combination of eight gears and high engine torque facilitate relaxed cruising at low engine rpm even when travelling at higher speeds. In Sport Mode the shift times have been further improved and are now considerably quicker and more energetic.
Transmission components such as the torque converter with lock-up clutch and the planetary wheel sets are reinforced and along with the inner transmission cooling are designed to specifically cope with the high torque output of the V8 Bi-Turbo engine. This means that no torque reduction is necessary during upshifts which makes for impressive longitudinal dynamics.
The stainless steel ALPINA sports exhaust system is responsible for a reduction in back pressure and weight. Active exhaust valves allow the driver to influence the sound experience by using the Driving Experience Control switch to select between Comfort and Sport Mode. In typical ALPINA fashion: the two twin tailpipes of the exhaust system are integrated elegantly and aesthetically into the rear apron.
ALPINA sport suspension offers sharp dynamics and unrivalled comfort.
The new BMW ALPINA B7 combines the latest suspension technology to offer exceptional ride comfort at any speeds as well as unrivalled agility and precision handling.
The two-axle air suspension system combined with Dynamic Damper Control and Active Comfort Drive with Road Preview guarantees the very highest level of driving comfort while the Active Roll Stabilization minimizes body roll during cornering. The rear-axle steering of the Integral Active Steering system gives the new BMW ALPINA B7 class-leading levels of dynamic performance and light-footed handling.
While the two-axle air suspension system with auto-levelling function is primarily responsible for the exceptional level of ride comfort, it also enables the ride height to be adjusted by a total of 35 mm (1.4”). At speeds above 230 km/h (140 mph) or when selecting Sport+ Mode the BMW ALPINA B7 automatically reduces its ride height by 15 mm (0.6”) for a lower centre of gravity, improved handling as a result of more negative camber and high-speed stability. When needed, the ride height can also be raised by 20 mm (0.8”) up to a speed of 30 km/h (20 mph) in order to increase ground clearance.
The settings of the Electronic Damper Control, which influences both rebound and compression, are also selected using the Driving Experience Control switch. A broad range of ALPINA damper set-ups are available ranging from Comfort+ Mode for effortless and relaxed cruising to ALPINA Sport+ Mode for maximum dynamic performance.
In conjunction with the high-performance drivetrain and all-wheel drive system, the Integral Active Steering offers a dynamic driving experience par excellence. It combines a variable ratio electric steering system at the front axle with active steering on the rear axle whereby the wheels can turn a maximum of 3 degrees. Specially calibrated to the ALPINA suspension and MICHELIN® performance tyres the rear axle steers opposed to the front axle at low speeds for increased agility and dynamic handling. Conversely at higher speeds the rear axle steers with the front axle for maximum directional stability.
The BMW ALPINA B7 is fitted with MICHELIN® Pilot Super Sport tyres measuring 255/40 ZR20 at the front and 295/35 ZR20 at the rear (EU-Tyre label: E/A / 71dB front, C/A / 73dB rear), mounted on 8.5 x 20” and 10 x 20” ALPINA CLASSIC wheels. Optional 21” ALPINA CLASSIC wheels feature a super minimalistic design – high-density and high-strength aluminium as a result of forging leads to a weight saving of more than 20 % of unsprung mass per wheel. The MICHELIN® Pilot Super Sport tyres are specifically designed to meet the demands of high-performance sports cars. They contribute directly to the precise steering feel of the BMW ALPINA B7 while foregoing run-flat technology in the interests of improved ride comfort.
A revised brake system, now utilising brake-by-wire technology, combines powerful stopping power with consistent brake pedal feedback. On the front axle 4-piston fixed callipers are paired with Ø 395 x 36 mm discs. On the rear axle floating callipers are now paired with larger Ø 398 x 28 mm discs.
BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system with ALPINA calibration.
The all-wheel-drive system builds upon the technical potential of BMW’s xDrive system and its intelligent and dynamic distribution of drive power which continuously and fully variable distributes torque between the front and rear axle within milliseconds for maximum traction and control. The programming of the torque distribution control, which is interconnected with the Dynamic Stability Control and the engine management system, is performance-oriented and increases agility and driving dynamics markedly – especially under lateral acceleration – while maintaining balanced and neutral handling.
The design of the 7 Series, the quintessential BMW flagship saloon, has for generations been characterised by a progressive, sportive elegance. The iconic BMW kidney grill has grown significantly and dominates together with new headlights the powerful front end. The new modern and dynamic appearance of the ALPINA construction and aerodynamic elements accentuate the dynamic and visual presence of the new BMW ALPINA B7 and its performance character.
A new front apron with functional air intakes, free-floating ALPINA lettering and horizontal character lines works in conjunction with the rear spoiler in order to effectively reduce lift to almost zero at the front and rear axle for excellent high-speed stability.
The ALPINA stainless steel sports exhaust system features two elliptical twin tailpipes that are neatly integrated in the rear apron and give the rear a smooth, elegant look.
The exclusive paint finishes in ALPINA Blue metallic and ALPINA Green metallic are a hallmark feature reserved solely for BMW ALPINA automobiles. A wide range of other BMW and BMW Individual paint finishes are also available.
INTERIOR AND EQUIPMENT
An extensive range of standard equipment ensures maximum well-being and comfort for driver and passengers alike. High-end Nappa leather, multifunctional comfort seats, leather instrument panel, ceramic inserts on control elements and soft close doors come as standard. Features such as a full-colour head-up display, a rear view camera, and the latest BMW navigation and communication systems support effortless driving.
Additionally, the new BMW ALPINA B7 now comes with advanced driver assistance systems of the latest generation such as the Driving Assistant Professional. This offers even more active safety with a wealth of new functions including Active Lane Keeping and Steering and Traffic Jam assistance. These ease the driver’s workload in monotonous driving conditions especially when using Active Cruise Control with Speed Limit Info, and increase active safety significantly.
Subtle ALPINA detailing adds exclusivity and individual style to BMW ALPINA B7’s interior. Hand-finished using exceptionally high-quality LAVALINA leather, the sports steering wheel with blue and green stitching is captivating at the very first touch due to its luxurious feel.
Contemporary Piano lacquer or classic Myrtle Luxury Wood interior trim, door sills with blue illumination, ALPINA B7 model inscriptions and an individual production plaque are further examples of exclusive equipment features.
The advanced full-colour digital instrument display features a new ALPINA design with a classic or dynamic visualisation depending on the selected driving mode.
It is networked to the latest connectivity and communication functions.
There are virtually no limits to our customers’ wishes when it comes to customising the design of their automobile. From paint finishes to interior trim finishers and upholstery colours – everything the extensive program of BMW and ALPINA equipment has to offer can be selected. A BMW ALPINA rarely leaves the ALPINA manufactory in Buchloe, Bavaria, without drawing on the customising potential available. The company‘s philosophy allows customers to create their very own personal interior which our expert upholsterers then craft by hand with consummate expertise.
BMW Alpina B7 Technical Specifications
|Compression ratio (:1)||10,5|
|Max output (kW (hp) / rpm)||447 (608) / 5500 – 6500|
|Max torque (Nm / 1/min)||800 / 2000 – 5000|
|Engine management||BOSCH DME 8.8.T|
|Emissions classification||Euro 6d-ISC|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)||3,6|
|Top speed (km/h)||330|
Fuel consumption *
|CO2 emissions combined (g/km)||253|
|Type||8-Speed Sport-Automatic ZF 8HP76 SWITCH-TRONIC|
|Final drive ratio||2,81|
Wheels and tyres
|Standard wheels and tyres||ALPINA CLASSIC 20″|
|Front||8,5 x 20 255/40 ZR20|
|Rear||10 x 20 295/35 ZR20|
|Height, unladen (mm)||1491|
|Track, front (mm)||1622|
|Track, rear (mm)||1619|
|Luggage capacity (l)||515|
|Fuel tank capacity (l)||ca. 78|
|Unladen (EU) (kg)||2180|
|Max permissible (kg)||2775|
|Permitted load (kg)||670|
|Max axle load, front (kg)||1340|
|Max axle load, rear (kg)||1455|
* Information on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions according to the applicable EU Directive VO (EU) 715/2007.
The disclosed fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are measured according to WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure) and converted to NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) for comparison purposes. Depending on your country, vehicle related taxes or other duties may be based on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions data which differs from that shown here.
Further information on specific fuel consumption and specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars is given in „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen” which can be obtained free of charge at all points of sale and from the Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Helmut-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen.