7 Series-based B7 has been demonstrated in Brit-spec rear-wheel-drive form at Goodwood; it produces 600bhp and 590lb ft of torque

The Alpina B7 super saloon has made its British debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed before going on sale in the UK for £115,000.

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The car, which was first displayed at the Geneva motor show in March, uses Alpina’s 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine that's shared with the B5, but it produces 9bhp more in the B7, with 600bhp available between 5750-6250rpm. 590lb ft of torque is available from 3000rpm.

UK cars are rear-wheel drive, and get to 62mph in around 4.0sec, while the top speed is close to 200mph.

There's an eight-speed automatic transmission with Alpina’s familiar Switch-Tronic shift buttons, which are located on the back of the steering wheel. The car maker claims that the gearbox’s close ratios - with a spread of 7.81:1 - ensure maximum power is more readily accessible.

Alpina says that the car’s twin-scroll turbocharger engine has also been tuned to offer strong performance at low revs. It backs this up with an impressive claim that 494lb ft of torque is available at just 2000rpm.

The car maker attributes the engine’s strong performance to effective cooling systems – which include large volume intercoolers – and its use of high-performance Mahle pistons and NGK spark plugs. Along with other high-performance parts, these enable the engine to run with 20psi of boost pressure and a compression ratio of 10.0:01.

Back pressure is reduced with the fitment of a model-specific stainless steel exhaust system, which features active valves to allow drivers to adjust the sound by switching the Driving Dynamic Control (DDC) switch between Comfort and Sport modes.

The car’s chassis settings can also be controlled through DDC, with an adjustable air suspension system that in conjunction with adjustable dampers and Road Preview, which uses GPS to adjust the car’s suspension for upcoming corners.

The car’s ride height can be manually adjusted, and it can also automatically adjust according to driving scenarios. Above 140mph, for example, the car lowers itself by 2cm, helping to lower centre of gravity and therefore improve high-speed stability. This squat position also increases front wheel camber, which makes for more direct steering responses.

Conversely, drivers can raise the ride height by 2cm when driving at speeds of 20mph and under, to help clear obstacles such as speed bumps and kerbs.

The car sits on 20in Alpina classic wheels as standard, while 21in items are available as an option. The car is stopped by 394mm front and 368mm rear discs and four-piston calipers all round.

The B7 is set to cost from £115,000, with first deliveries due this Autumn.

Alpina has also confirmed that the upcoming B6 will be sold in the UK market. It should feature the same 4.4-litre V8 engine as the B5 and B7, and, like those cars, will be available in the UK exclusively as a rear-wheel-drive car.

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8 February 2016

as amazing as the 7 series is the s class is light years away and also they are updating their s class at the moment

9 February 2016
Arjun63 wrote:

as amazing as the 7 series is the s class is light years away and also they are updating their s class at the moment

Unless you've driven and experienced both cars, I'd have to put your comment down to the usual 'S-class is best' bandwagon type is common place with the big Merc.

I have no idea which is the better car, as I've driven neither, but Car magazine ran a test between the new 7 and S-Class (and the Panamera) last month and concluded the 7 was the winner. So, go figure.

TBC

8 February 2016

You have to wonder at the market preference here for rear-drive cars. I appreciate that the northern states of the US have long cold winters, but considering the UK's climate, it still surprises me that buyers prefer rear-drive. I mean, it's not as if buyers of the B7 are going to be regulars at drift meetings, is it?

9 February 2016

is probably nothing to do with demand or the preference of UK buyers (even the semi-mythical Alpina Drifters Club) but engineering. One of the main reasons BMW has not offered xDrive variants of its cars in the UK is that many cannot be adapted for 4WD and RHD. For example although the F30 3 Series can be had as an xDrive (with certain engines) the F10 5 Series with the same engines cannot. The new 7 series is available with 4WD on BMW's website so it does sound strange that the B7 is not but Alpina may have added components that make it impossible to do both RHD and 4WD. This is a bit of a shame because if I could afford it a subtle dark blue B7 4WD with none of the Alpina garishness would be a fantastic Q-car.

16 June 2016

You really don't need 4WD in the UK, unless you live in remote areas or go off road.

16 June 2016
scrap wrote:

You really don't need 4WD in the UK, unless you live in remote areas or go off road.

or tow from time to time across fields, essential!

 

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