RE: 608hp Alpina B7 gains xDrive with facelift

RE: 608hp Alpina B7 gains xDrive with facelift

Monday 11th February

608hp Alpina B7 gains xDrive with facelift

Low demand for the rear-drive UK B7 has convinced Alpina to send the continental-spec car here



Guess how many Alpina B7s the brand has sold in Britain since the F01-generation was introduced here in 2017. Nope, less than that. Lower... There exists only one UK-specification F01 B7, which, you might remember is significantly different from the model sold on the continent because it was rear-wheel drive. We don our hats to the lone buyer of a right-hooker B7 in UK trim, a person who clearly prefers their 608hp channelled through the back wheels only.

Of course, with such little demand, it's of no surprise at all to learn that the facelifted B7 offered in Britain will now be directly aligned with its European version, which uses xDrive all-wheel drive as standard. It's a sad day for those (or should we say the one person) who enjoyed pulling powerslides in their long-wheelbase limo from Buchloe. But for those who desire more effortless cross continental pace, the adoption of four driven wheels may be welcomed.


It certainly helps this 2.1-ton limo get up and go with more gusto. The latest all-wheel drive B7 can sprint from 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds, a tenth quicker than the pre-facelift European B7 and four tenths better than the old rear-drive UK model. Most of the improvement from the latter comes thanks to traction, because the 4.4-litre Bi-turbo motor under the bonnet remains largely as it was before, with the same 608hp and 590lb ft on offer from its two banks of four-cylinders.

That being said, there have been internal improvements, with larger turbines for the twin-scroll blowers and a new interconnection between the intercoolers to more effectively balance pressure between the V8's banks. These changes, along with new engine management software, have helped to make the engine's peak torque more accessible (590lb ft from just 2,000rpm) and quicken throttle response. Lovely.


Also contributing to the better stats is the use of ZF's latest eight-speed Sport Automatic gearbox, a torque converter that gets closer ratios and flicks between cogs faster. It works quickest in Alpina's Sport mode but retains Comfort and Efficienct Dynamics functions from the regular 7 Series. The tone of the stainless-steel sports exhaust system mirrors the settings applied to the powertrain; Alpina says it's freer breathing than the original BMW item.

The chassis remains 7 Series long-wheelbase only, using air suspension combined with Alpina-tuned dynamic dampers and active roll stabilisation technology. While the new car is unlikely to provide the sort of throttle adjustability we assume the single owner of the UK-spec B7 gets to enjoy on a daily basis, the new car's use of rear-wheel steering should help to sharpen things up a bit. The back wheels can turn up to three degrees, enhancing low-speed manoeuvrability and high-speed stability.


Elsewhere, the changes follow those of the facelifted 7 Series, with a pair of enormous (and divisive) large kidney grilles the most prominent new arrivals, although Alpina has also added a new front apron. Inside, passengers can now use the very latest Driving Assistant Professional system, but the Nappa leather-wrapped interior is largely the same as before. Not that anyone has ever complained of it lacking in luxury. Anyway, Alpina allows buyers to customise such vast amounts of the car that the launch specification is more of a baseline than example of what you might see on the road.

On that subject, Alpina is confident it'll sell more examples of the facelifted B7 in Britain because, well, it's already matched the old one by receiving an early order. Prices are yet to be confirmed, but something in the region of £120,000 is expected. Pricey, but ultra-plush long-distance machines that can smear the landscape across your face without breaking a sweat don't come much more capable than this. Or rarer, as is evident on the classifieds...

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mmm-five

Original Poster:

7,017 posts

222 months

Monday 11th February
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That front end is right gopping!

Burwood

10,980 posts

184 months

Monday 11th February
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I'd expect them to sell in tiny numbers which begs the question, how can the development, pay?

Greg the Fish

226 posts

4 months

Monday 11th February
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what a hideous thing

simonbamg

181 posts

61 months

Monday 11th February
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love it, in all black. And hopefully a PH forum moaner would be my next door neighbor just imagine his angry little face every morning

J4CKO

26,330 posts

138 months

Monday 11th February
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Looks alright in all views apart from the front where it looks like an enormous, angry, robotic gopher.
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daytona111r

376 posts

142 months

Monday 11th February
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somehow they've managed to make the gross 7 look good

Robinus

1 posts

Monday 11th February
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Just so you know next time, it's 'doff our hats'.

Sofa

63 posts

30 months

Monday 11th February
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Robinus said:
Just so you know next time, it's 'doff our hats'.
They also refer to the 'F01 generation introduced in 2017'. That'd be the G11 Pistonheads, the F01 was introduced in 2008.

Puddenchucker

2,824 posts

156 months

Monday 11th February
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Needs a bigger grille.

Burnham

3,460 posts

197 months

Monday 11th February
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This would be in my dream garage for sure.

I'm guessing the lucky owner of the single RWD car ordered will likely not suffer from the usual depreciation if it's now 1 of 1. Not that they will care either way of course.

I love that people dislike the way it looks, as this car is absolutely not about asthetics. It's about about going a very long way, very quickly and very comfortably. And if somebody needs a car to do that, then this is probably the best on sale right now.

Gameface

6,851 posts

15 months

Monday 11th February
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I like that.

Proper no fks given limo.

Chestrockwell

1,300 posts

95 months

Tuesday 12th February
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I’m a fan of Alpina’s but I feel like they’ve got it wrong with those wheels, I much prefer the previous generation style that had a centercap covering the nuts.

RosscoPCole

2,583 posts

112 months

Tuesday 12th February
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I wonder if the early order for the new B7 Alpina is from the person who owns the previous generation one?

charltjr

3,499 posts

133 months

Tuesday 12th February
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The B7 has never sold well in the UK in any era, even by ALPINA standards. It’s an autobahn crusher and would be a very, very niche choice for UK roads.

Still glad it existssmile

cookie1600

1,066 posts

99 months

Tuesday 12th February
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Isn't the phrase 'doff our hats' not 'don our hats'. To don ones hat means to put it on, to doff a hat is to raise your hat in acknowledgement of, or deference to another in respect.

/pedant

mrclav

710 posts

161 months

Tuesday 12th February
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simonbamg said:
And hopefully a PH forum moaner would be my next door neighbor just imagine his angry little face every morning
^^^ This, totally. I'd love to be in the position to see that angry face too - the sheer joy it would bring me! laugh

housen

1,438 posts

130 months

Tuesday 12th February
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if they make a transporter film re make ?

Daaaveee

670 posts

161 months

Tuesday 12th February
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I really wasn't a fan of the grille when I first saw the new 7, but with the Alpina kit it looks much better!

Slippydiff

10,087 posts

161 months

Tuesday 12th February
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Daaaveee said:
I really wasn't a fan of the grille when I first saw the new 7, but with the Alpina kit it looks much better!




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TWPC

586 posts

99 months

Tuesday 12th February
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Car journos are always writing that an Alpina is a discerning customers' choice, that they build cars that are discrete, prioritise handling and comfort over track performance and wild, tyre-flailing oversteer (the preserve of BMW's M division...).

If that is the case then will they give their clients the opportunity to replace the Lecter-like grille on this B7 with something smaller?