Low-volume German manufacturer ALPINA has brought in a new flagship to join its range of bespoke BMW-based vehicles in Australia. The BMW ALPINA B7 Bi-Turbo is what happens when the flagship BMW 7 Series saloon gets the ALPINA treatment.
Available for order now through ALPINA’s Melbourne dealerships in Doncaster and Bundoora, the B7 Bi-Turbo is based on the BMW 750Li but has its 4.4-litre twin turbo V8 engine tweaked to produce a whopping 447kW and 800Nm, up from the standard car’s 330kW and 650Nm. The added punch is enough to launch the full size sedan from 0 to 100km/h in just 4.2 seconds – 0.5 second faster, before hitting a top speed of 330km/h.
The factory 2-axle air suspension system with Dynamic Damper Control and Active Comfort Drive with Road Preview is retained but tuned for sharper handling and improved dynamics, without compromising ride comfort.
The new BMW ALPINA B7 Bi-Turbo is fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres measuring 255/35 ZR21 at the front and 295/30 ZR21 at the rear, mounted on 8.5 x 21 and 10 x 21 ALPINA Classic forged wheels. The new forged wheels take the traditional 20-spoke ALPINA CLASSIC design in a new minimalistic and technical direction.
Power transmission in the ALPINA B7 Bi-Turbo is taken care of by a revised 8-Speed Automatic Transmission with ALPINA Switch-Tronic. Further refined and adapted to the performance characteristics of the high-torque V8 Bi-Turbo in collaboration with ZF, the transmission offers quicker shift times and restricts auto up shift on red line.
Visually the ALPINA B7 Bi-Turbo distinguishes from the standard 7 Series through a body kit consisting of front bumper lip spoiler, rear apron and boot lid spoiler. The aerodynamic components are said to reduce uplift on the front and rear axles to almost zero for maximum driving stability at all speeds. ALPINA quad exhaust tips integrated into the rear apron complete the looks.
The ALPINA B7 Bi-Turbo is available now priced from $369,720 plus on-roads.