2017 Alpina B7 Bi-Turbo revealed, more power than BMW M5

February 9, 2016

Following a smokey teaser video last month, Alpina has now unveiled the new B7 Bi-Turbo super-sedan, based on the new BMW 7 Series.

2017 Alpina B7 Bi-Turbo

As suspected, the 2017 Alpina B7 is based on the BMW 750i and its 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8. Outputs have been boosted to an impressive 447kW of power and 800Nm of torque. This makes it more potent than the BMW M5 (423kW/680Nm).

As a result of the colossal power, acceleration from 0-100km/h is taken care of in just 3.7 seconds, making it one of the very quickest large luxury sedans in the world. It also offers a top speed of 310km/h. This is also quicker than the M5 (4.2 seconds).

Part of this incredible performance is thanks to an all-wheel drive system underneath, matched to a ZF 8HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission. Even so, average fuel consumption is rated at 10.4L/100km, which seems very respectable for a large all-wheel drive sedan that weighs 2110kg (unladen).

Sticking to tradition, Alpina has given the 7 Series a subtle yet distinctive styling makeover. Alpina calls it a blend of “athletic flair and elegance”, featuring a unique bodykit with extensions for the front and rear, side skirts, and a svelte rear lip spoiler.

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There’s also 20-inch Alpina Classic alloy wheels, or optional 21-inch forged items. These hide four-piston front calipers that clamp 395mm discs and 370mm discs on the back. It’s all suspended by a 2-axle air suspension system with Dynamic Damper Control and Active Comfort Drive, along with Road Preview technology and Active Roll Stabilisation.

2017 Alpina B7 Bi-Turbo-interior

Inside, it’s a similar theme. Alpina has fitted its own unique gauge cluster for the driver, in dark blue, as well as created a bespoke steering wheel and centre console. Alpina offers exquisite Lavalina leathers and Myrtle Luxury wood trimmings for added class.

The new Alpina B7 Bi-Turbo is available in selected markets now as a brand-new vehicle. As previously reported, BMW Australia is considering introducing the brand locally but is yet to make a final decision. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.