Based in Buchloe, Germany, Alpina Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH has made a reputation for itself selling tuned BMW vehicles without being categorized in the same league as aftermarket tuners. The performance tuners have recently launched the fourth generation of their famed B7 model which features signature Alpina design cues, an upgraded suspension, significant power increase along with an upgraded brake system and stiffer transmission. B7 has made a mark for itself with its prodigious power, standout handling, sublime seats, and supreme long-distance capability.
The 2012 BMW Alpina B7 comes with a BMW N63-derived 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that delivers 516 pound-feet of torque and 500 hp. The only available transmission on this powertrain is a six-speed automatic unit which is controlled via steering-wheel-mounted buttons and manual shift controls. The 2012 BMW Alpina B7 goes from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds and has a top speed of 305 km/h. Even though a RWD configuration is standard on the model, AWD is also offered as an option. In rear-wheel-drive mode, B7 returns an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 17 mpg in combined mode, 14 mpg in city conditions and 22 mpg in highway conditions. In all-wheel-drive conditions, the B7 achieves an EPA estimated economy of 16 mpg and 14mpg/20mpg in city/highway conditions respectively.
The 2012 Alpina B7 comes with a BMW 7 Series-inspired interior with rich wood and leather accents adorning almost every surface in the cabin. Multi-contour front seats adapt itself to almost all body types. Thanks to a wider wheelbase, passengers inside the B7 enjoy increased headroom and roomier leg space with seats fitted with massage, cooling and heating functions to make every rider comfortable. The cabin trims include options like Piano Black, matte, myrtle and ash wood trims. To distinguish it from the standard BMW 7 Series vehicles, Alpina badging is lavishly strewn all around the cabin with the Alpina's unique character being accentuated by illuminated scuff plates and blue backlit gauges. Technological goodies inside include USB and iPod input jacks, satellite radio, digital music storage, a 6-CD changer on a 10-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity and BMW’s iDrive telematics interface along with real-time traffic monitoring navigation system, a rearview camera and a head-up display.
The 2012 BMW Alpina B7 comes with 12 color finish options including the classic crystalline blue paint. Alpina’s classic 21-inch alloys match the exclusive front and rear spoilers perfectly. Tech wizardry that makes the B7’s exterior stand out from the rest are automatic dimming mirrors, a rear power sunshade, a sunroof, key-less ignition and entry, front and rear parking sensors, a power trunk lid and adaptive xenon headlights.