3 August 2004

Autocar's daredevil deputy editor Bill Thomas samples a BMW Seven with 500bhp, 21in wheels, a maximum speed close to 200mph... and a full manufacturers warranty this week; Alpina's stealthy B7. 'Alpina cars are based on BMWs and assembled on BMW lines,' writes Thomas, 'but Alpina alone tune and test them.'

'Three years of development have gone into this car,' he goes on; 'Alpina's a company proud of its ability to get things right'. Powered by a supercharged 4.4-litre V8, complete with Alpina's bespoke interior, plus all the necessary modifications to turn Munich's executive barge into a supercar, all the signs indicate that they've done just that with their latest creation.

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