Tuning specialists and BMW's preferred tuning partner, ALPINA, has created it's latest physics-bending time continuum. Otherwise known as the new ALPINA B7 Bi-Turbo a luxury, hightech supersaloon. BMW also want you to know it's now available in the UK with a final optimised, production ready version able to hit a top speed around 205 mph, up from the 193 mph predicted at the Geneva launch. The ALPINA-tuned 4.4 litre V8 deliver's 608 hp and 800 Nm, the new B7 Bi-Turbo gives power to 1 percent of people able to afford the £115,000 asking price.
At the heart of the new B7 Bi-Turbo is a heavily-revised, direct injection V8 breathing through two specially-developed, twin-scroll turbochargers. A new indirect intercooler system (air/water/air) further improves power and responsiveness, with a main intercooler feeding the two large-volume, close-coupled intercoolers.
The eight-speed automatic transmission also receives additional cooling. The transmission can be controlled manually using the ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC buttons on the back of the sports steering wheel.
To reduce weight, for example, the 7-Series BMW’s A-, B- and C-pillars, the transmission tunnel and the windscreen header are all made from carbon fibre composite.
UK spec B7 Bi-Turbos will be Long Wheelbase cars with air suspension (allowing ride height to be automatically reduced by 20 mm in ALPINA Sport+ Mode).
ALPINA’s have reprogrammed BMW's Dynamic Traction Control system to exploit the engine and transmission. UK-specification ALPINA B7 Bi-Turbo will be available only with Rear Wheel Drive.
Wheels are 20” ALPINA Classic 20 spoke in a new design made from high-strength, forged aluminium with visible wheel bolts and no centre hub covers. 21” wheels are optional.
Very small numbers of the B7 will be available in the UK, with prices starting at £115,000. Like all new ALPINAs, the new B7 Bi-Turbo will be supplied with a three year / 120,000 mile BMW-endorsed warranty.