Along with the “regular” freshened 7-Series, BMW has announced an updated Alpina B7 version. Scheduled to make its official North American debut later this year at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the new B7 receives a number of improvements.
Chief among them, are an enhanced, Alpina assembled 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with ValveTronic drive-by-wire throttle technology, tuned to deliver more horsepower and torque than last year (540 hp and 538 lb-ft, versus 500 hp and 516 lb-ft), plus an Alpina enhanced ZF eight-speed transmission. There’s also revised ground effects and similar facelift characteristic of the regular 7-Series, namely revised grilles, plus new head and taillights.
Top speed on the new B7 is said to be 194 mph, or just one mile per hour slower if equipped with BMW’s xDrive AWD system. Standard features on the 2013 B7 run to adaptive headlights, LED front driving lights, engine start/stop and ceramic buttons for the secondary vehicle controls. Options include a Bang and Olufsen surround sound system, full LED headlights and a variety of interior trim and color packages that mirror those on the standard 7. As for the exterior color, you can have anything you like so long as it’s Alpina Blue. The tuning firm’s signature 20-spoke wheels are also standard on the B7, albeit in monster 21-inch diameter form.
A limited production model, the B7 bodies will be assembled alongside regular 7-Series cars at the BMW plant at Dingolfing, before being shipped to Alpina’s facility in Buchloe, for the final touches. Like other BMWs, the B7 will be offered with a European delivery program (even for North American buyers) and is destined to become another collectible example of the breed. As was the case with its predecessor, the 2013 B7 will be the only Alpina officially available to US buyers.