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2015 BMW ALPINA B7 Information

2015 BMW ALPINA B7 Information

With the number of premium-brand models proliferating practically exponentially, buying a luxury vehicle might not seem as exclusive as it once did. No worries about that with the 2015 BMW Alpina B7, though. This customized version of BMW's full-size 7 Series sedan starts life on the
assembly line and is then modified by German performance specialist. It's so uncommon that it's barely known outside the BMW inner circle. You're highly unlikely ever to see another B7 in your town, let alone in your neighborhood. The sheer exclusivity of the 2015 BMW Alpina B7 might be its most prominent calling card, but Alpina's performance upgrades and upscale but deliciously discreet exterior and interior modifications are the tangible aspects that put the B7 at the top of BMW's 7 Series lineup. Its thunderous turbocharged V8 engine has numerous internal enhancements to boost it to 540 horsepower, which is nearly 100 hp stronger than the same engine in BMW's standard 750i. In addition, Alpina's careful retuning of this big sedan's suspension is a brilliant fusion of control and comfort. Inside, Alpina fits the 2015 B7 with unique wood trim and a lavishly leathered steering wheel, as well as special sill plates and other subtle detailing such as an instrument cluster with Alpina-specific graphics. Expanding the B7's rarity factor are the almost limitless personalization options available from Alpina and BMW's. Heck, you can choose exactly how thick you want the B7's steering wheel, though as you might imagine, digging deep into the customization catalogs will get expensive. Like the production-line BMW 7 Series, the 2015 Alpina B7 is available in standard- and long-wheelbase layouts; the standard wheelbase brings ample stretch-out room for both front and rear occupants, while the long-wheelbase B7 takes space to an almost decadent level, particularly in the rear.


Either B7 model also is available with all-wheel drive in place of the standard rear-wheel drive. Downsides? The only meaningful pitfall is a shortage of interior storage space and a trunk that's a little skimpy, both surprising shortcomings in such a large sedan. The 2015 BMW Alpina B6 isn't the only full-size luxury sedan dialing up the exclusivity ante, though. Audi offers the sport-tuned version of its standard A8 large car? and although the S8 can't be personalized to the degree of the Alpina B7, it's also definitely less expensive. Mercedes-Benz has the titanic, a high-performance version of its storied S-Class full-size sedan that certainly makes its own elite statement. And for those who enjoy extracting the most performance from this class of super sedan, Porsche's is prodigiously fast, while few other automakers have the wealth of personalization options Porsche presents, including the Panamera's extremely limited-edition new models. Despite the immense levels of performance and luxury that come with all these models, none present you with quite the same aura of customized cachet and rarity the Alpina connection imparts on the 2015 BMW Alpina B7. The BMW ALPINA B7 brings state-of-the-art technology, refinement, performance and exclusivity to the full-size luxury sedan class. ALPINA is a name famous in Europe for adding performance touches to BMW's, the name is not well known in North America. Available in short and long-wheelbases, as well as rear or all-wheel drive xDrive models, the B7 is powered by a direct-injection, 540-hp 4. 4-liter twin-turbo V8 bolted to an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. The B7 includes such standard luxury features as four-zone automatic climate control, power sunroof, high-gloss wood trim, heated and cooled 16-way multi-contour seats, voice-activated navigation system on a 10. 2-inch color monitor, HD radio and BMW Assist emergency and information communications.


Standard run-flat performance tires wrap 20-spoke 21-inch alloy wheels, while standard Park Distance Control, adaptive brake lights and steerable adaptive bi-xenon headlights provide active safety. High-tech options include side-view cameras, high-beam assistant, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, and dual LCD screens for rear seat entertainment. For 2015, LED headlights are now standard equipment. The relationship between BMW and boutique tuner Alpina has been a special one for decades. Alpina, created by enthusiast Burkard Bovensiepen, acquired an excellent reputation for its tuning prowess and race cars in the 1970s. Nowadays, Alpinas enjoy BMW's full warranty, and the cordial ties remain intact even after BMW launched the M GmbH division. Sadly, the fruits of this partnership are largely out of sight, out of mind for most American shoppers; apart from, Alpina offer any other vehicles in the U. S. Well, that was until BMW USA announced that this gorgeous 2015 Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe would be available on our shores. While BMW's M GmbH has maintained its focus on extreme performance and an aggressive character, the Alpina models have become somewhat more elegant and luxury-oriented. The new Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe is a prime example of this, and its character is notably different from, even though both models share the same basic engine architecture. The 2015 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe is fitted with a 540-hp variation of BMW's twin-turbocharged 4. 4-liter V-8, whose maximum torque is rated at 540 lb-ft. The twist is channeled to all four wheels via an eight-speed torque-converter automatic, hurling the long, low-slung sedan to 60 mph in a claimed 3. 7 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 198 mph.


In typical Alpina fashion, progress is not hampered by a governor. A direct comparison with BMW's own M6 Gran Coupe reveals the different character of the two super sedans. In the M6, the extensively tweaked 4. 4-liter V-8 makes 560 horsepower, 20 more than the Alpina, but just 502 lb-ft of torque, 38 less than the B6. The M6, in line with its ultra-sporty aspirations, is only available as a rear-drive model, and it s fitted with either a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or a six-speed manual. In, we managed to get the four-dour M6 from standstill to 60 mph in 3. 5 seconds, and our example wasn t subject to the U. S. -market s 155-mph governor but rather the German-market s 190-mph limiter. Visually, the Alpina B6 remains close to the regular 6-series Gran Coupe, but it is fitted with Alpina-exclusive, 20-spoke 20-inch aluminum wheels. Moreover, it can be specified with the trademark Alpina stickers, which lend a certain 1970s flair to this modern supercar. The altogether more classic and polished demeanor of the B6 serves to differentiate it sufficiently from the M6, which keeps its unique bumpers, wheels, and carbon-fiber roof. Opting for the Alpina B6 Gran Coupe doesn t entail the usual risks associated with other tuner cars Alpinas are built on BMW production lines, they re distributed by BMW, and they come with BMW's full service and warranty. If you are torn between the B6 and the M6 Gran Coupe, pricing won't help, either. At $118,225, this Alpina comes in at just $700 above the M6. So, ultimately, the decision comes down to one s preferences: the performance and aggression of M GmbH or the elegance and luxury of Alpina. The choice is yours, and, thankfully, there s no wrong answer.

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