Sunday 15th September 2019
Car Enthusiast - click here to access the home page

 


Alpina tunes the 7 Series. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.

Alpina tunes the 7 Series
Alpina's low-flying turbocharged 7 Series.
<< earlier Alpina article     later Alpina article >>

 


News homepage -> Alpina news

What is it?

This is the fourth Alpina based on BMW's 7 Series - the first on the new model. It uses the same twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 found in the 750i. With 506bhp under the bonnet it is claimed the B7 Biturbo will do 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 174mph. Peak torque of 516lb.ft is available from 3,000 to 4,750rpm and a six-speed 'SWITCH-TRONIC' automatic gearbox ensures that there should always be plenty of performance available. The combined-cycle fuel consumption of 22.7mpg doesn't seem too bad either all things considered.

Why is it here?

Traditionally the big Alpina saloon is as close as we ever get to a BMW M7 so the B7 Biturbo fills a small gap in the BMW range. Most of the cosmetic changes are well integrated and subtle; the spoilers reduce lift and channel air to the oil coolers for engine and transmission for instance. There is no mistaking the classic Alpina 20-spoke alloy wheels though, measuring 21-inches in diameter they are wrapped in low-profile 245/35 tyres at the front and 285/30 tyres at the rear.

Illuminated sill tread-plates set the tone for the luxurious interior. The seats are covered in Pearl leather and the steering wheel has a hand-stitched leather cover. The steering wheel also houses the manual controls for the transmission and the instruments have blue faces with red pointers. Customers can also chose between laurel wood trim from the Pacific coast of the USA or Piano Lacquer with silver diagonal 'rhombs'.

Show stopper or floor filler?

In its blue paint and with the traditional Alpina modifications the B7 is a good looking machine. Somehow it manages to be both subtle and eye catching. Geneva show goers may not notice it at first.

John Lambert - 10 Mar 2009


2009 Alpina B7. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.2009 Alpina B7. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.2009 Alpina B7. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.2009 Alpina B7. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.2009 Alpina B7. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.

2009 Alpina B7. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.2009 Alpina B7. Image by Shane O' Donoghue.   








    - Alpina road tests
- Alpina news
- B7 images






Alpina B3 Touring packs 462hp. Image by Alpina.
Alpina B3 Touring Frankfurt IAA
Stunning new G20-based Alpina B3 has uprated 462hp/700Nm twin-turbo straight-six motor, lands 2020.
 
Alpina marks 50th birthday with special editions. Image by Alpina.
Special new Alpinas
B5 and B6 Biturbo are the tuning firm's presents to itself.
Alpina unveils B4 Bi-Turbo. Image by Alpina.
New Alpina B4
Alpina's new pair of cultured powerhouses on sale from 58,950.

 
 215 Racing
 9ff
 A. Kahn Design
 Abarth
 Abt
 AC Cars
 AC Schnitzer
 Acura
 Alfa Romeo
 Alpina
 Alpine
 Amari
 APS Sportec
 Arash
 Arden
 Ares
 Ariel
 Arrinera
 Artega
 Ascari
 Aston Martin
 Atalanta
 Atomik
 Audi
 Austin
 Auto Union
 Autodelta
 Autofarm
 Autosport
 Avatar
 Axon
 Aznom
 BAC
 BAIC
 Bentley
 Bertone
 Bloodhound
 Bluebird
 BMW
 Bosch
 Bowler
 Brabham
 Brabus
 Breckland
 Bridgestone
 Brilliance
 Bristol
 Bugatti
 Buick
 Burton
 BYD
 Cadillac
 Callaway
 Caparo
 Capstone
 Carlsson
 Caterham
 CCG
 Chang'an
 Changfeng
 Chevrolet
 Chevron
 Chongfeng
 Chrysler
 Citroen
 Climax
 Connaught
 Cooper Tires
 Corvette
 Cummins
 Cupra
 Dacia
 Daewoo
 Daihatsu
 Daimler
 Dartz
 Datsun
 David Brown
 David Brown Automotive
 DDR
 De Tomaso
 Delta
 Detroit Electric
 Devon
 Dodge
 Donkervoort
 Drayson
 DS
 Eagle
 Eagle E-type
 EDAG
 edo competition
 Eterniti
 Evisol
 Exagon
 FAB Design

 
 Factory Five
 Faralli & Mazzanti
 Fenix
 Fenomenon
 Ferrari
 Fiat
 Fisker
 Ford
 G-Power
 Geely
 Gemballa
 General Motors
 Ginetta
 Giugiaro
 GMC
 Goodwood
 Google
 Gordon Murray
 Gordon Murray Design
 Gray Design
 Great Wall
 GTA
 GTM
 Gumpert
 Hamann
 Hartge
 HBH
 Heffner Performance
 Hennessey
 HERE
 Holden
 Honda
 Hulme
 Hummer
 Hyundai
 I.D.E.A
 Icona
 IFR
 Infiniti
 Ionity
 Isis
 JAC
 Jaguar
 Jeep
 Jensen
 Jetstream
 JJAD
 Joss Developments
 Kahn
 Kamala
 Keating
 Kia
 Koenigsegg
 KTM
 Kumho
 Lada
 Lagonda
 Lamborghini
 Lancia
 Land Rover
 Lexus
 Liberty
 Lightning
 Lincoln
 Lister
 Loma Performance
 Lorinser
 Lotus
 LupiniPower
 Luxgen
 Mahindra
 Mansory
 Maserati
 Mastretta
 Maybach
 Mazda
 McLaren
 Mercedes
 Mercedes-AMG
 Mercedes-Benz
 Mercedes-Maybach
 Mercury
 Metrocab
 MG
 Michelin
 MINI
 Mitsubishi
 MMI
 Monte Carlo
 Mopar
 Morgan
 Mosler
 MTM
 NAC MG
 Nissan
 NLV

 
 Noble
 Novitec
 Opel
 Overfinch
 Pagani
 Perodua
 Peugeot
 Piaggio
 Pininfarina
 Polestar
 Pontiac
 Porsche
 Preview
 Prodrive
 Project Runningblade
 Project Velocity
 Proton
 Protoscar
 Qoros
 Radical
 Red Bull
 Renault
 Reva
 Rimac
 Rinspeed
 RoadRazer
 Rolls-Royce
 Ronn Motor Company
 Rover
 RUF
 Saab
 SAIC
 Saleen
 Saturn
 Scagliarini
 SCG
 Scion
 SDR Sportscars
 SEAT
 Sin
 Singer
 Skoda
 Smart
 Soleil
 Spada
 speedArt
 Sportec
 Spyker
 SRT
 Ssangyong
 SSC
 Startech
 STaSIS
 Subaru
 Suzuki
 Suzusho
 TAD
 Tamiya
 Tata
 Techart
 Tesla
 THINK
 Thunder Power
 Tojeiro
 Tommy Kaira
 TomTom
 Toray
 Toyota
 Trabant
 TranStar
 Trident
 Tushek
 TVR
 UKCOTY
 Vanda Electrics
 Vauxhall
 Velozzi
 Vencer
 Venturi
 Veritas
 Vizualtech
 VL Automotive
 Volkswagen
 Volvo
 VUHL
 Webasto
 Westfield
 Wiesmann
 Xenatec
 Yamaha
 Zagato
 Zarooq
 Zenos
 Zenvo



 
 






External links:   | Irish Car Market News |

Internal links:   | Home | Privacy | Contact us | Archives | Follow Car Enthusiast on Twitter | Copyright 1999-2019 ©