Trying to pick between buying a sports car and a luxury sedan? Allow BMW tuner Alpina to show you a way to combine those interests into one vehicle. The new 2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive turns the 7 Series into an autobahn stormer, with 600 hp, 590 lb-ft of torque, and a top speed of 193 mph. You’ll never be late for a board meeting again.
Alpina turned up the wick on the 7 Series by fettling the car’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo, direct-injection V-8 engine. Thanks to twin-scroll turbos that spool up to produce 20 psi of boost quickly, Alpina says the engine makes 494 lb-ft of torque from 2,000 rpm and its peak of 590 lb-ft by 3,000 rpm. With power sent to all four wheels by way of an eight-speed automatic transmission, the 2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive powers to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and keeps on pulling until it reaches 193 mph.
A Launch Control mode helps with that explosive acceleration run. Alpina also says the automatic transmission won’t override the driver’s wishes in manual mode, even allowing pilots to bang off the rev limiter without the transmission automatically upshifting.
The B7 comes standard with air suspension that lowers the car by 0.8 inch at speeds above 140 mph — or any time the car is put in Sport+ mode — for improved stability. The chassis also features rear-wheel steering, Active Roll Stabilization adaptive anti-roll bars, and adaptive dampers. The car rolls on forged aluminum-alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. Behind the rolling stock, four-piston front calipers bite down on 15.5-inch front brake discs, coupled with 14.5-inch discs with floating brake calipers in the rear.
Just in case Corvette-like acceleration isn’t enough to make your 2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive standard out from the crowd, the sedan also is comprehensively updated visually. On the outside, look for unique front and rear fascias with enlarged air inlets, a special flap in the iconic kidney grille that can close to reduce aero drag, the 20- or 21-inch wheels, exclusive Alpina Blue Metallic and Alpina Green Metallic paint schemes, and a trunklid spoiler.
Alpina dresses up the car’s cabin with Nappa leather, ceramic trim on certain knobs and switches, navigation, soft-close doors, a head-up display, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with blue and green stitching, and piano black or Myrtle Luxury Wood trim pieces.
The 2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive rushes into U.S. dealerships this September, with pricing to be announced closer to that time.