When we saw our first glimpse of the 2020 BMW Series 7, we gave the new grille side-eye. The automaker made some changes, including moving away from the classic BMW appearance up front. Now, they launched a campaign featuring a Alpina B7 2020 BMW Series 7, powered by a 600 horsepower twin-turbo engine. This will be a high performing variation of the Series 7.
The automaker doesn’t own Alpina, but utilizes the brand in several of their vehicles, including the new B7. Aplina is an automobile manufacturing company in Germany that develops and sells high-performance variations of BMW cars. Aplina has been recognized by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, since 1983, as an automobile manufacture. Aplina-built cars are branded and registered as Alpina instead of BMW, although Alpina can be serviced and completely warrantied at all BMW dealerships. They are sold side by side with BMW.
The new sedan hits 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, pretty impressive for a sedan. Along with the 600 horsepower coming from the engine, and 690 pound-feet of torque, the extra weight creates a little drag compared to the M760i. The B7 weighs in at a hefty 4,855 pounds. The modified version of BMW’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, sends power to all four wheels via a ZF-designed eight-speed transmission. BMW gave the B7 a few upgrades with larger turbo impellers and revised inter coolers. However, the B7 hits top speeds of 205 miles per hour, while the M760i is electronically limited to 155 miles per hour.
Drivers can enjoy a smoother ride on the air suspension, Dynamic Damper Control and Active Comfort Drive with Road Preview. To help mitigate body roll, BMW added Active Roll Stabilization. The air suspension gives 1.4 inches of adjustment in the ride height, lowering at high speeds to improve stability, and raising at speeds below 20 mph, to improve ground clearance. The B7 runs on non-runflat Michelin tires (255/40 ZR20 in the front and 295/35 ZR20 at the rear) to help with ride quality. To complete the look, it’s running the Alpina Classic wheels.
The 2020 B7 features the standard 7 Series new grille and a new front bumper to improve airflow over the car, reducing lift and improving high-speed stability. The Aplina blue and green exterior paint colors are available, in addition to the B7. The interior has Alpina badges replacing all the BMW roundels. All the technology upgrades from other 2020 models including, featuring the BMW iDrive, a heads-up display, a digital instrument cluster and a other driver assistance technology, are in the B7. The 2020 Alpina B7 will be available this fall, with base prices starting at $142,695.
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