Tokyo Motor Show 2009: BMW Alpina B7 Bi-Turbo LWB Makes Official Debut
Alpina must be watching late-night infomercials starring Ron Jeremy, because apparently the B7 Bi-Turbo (seen at the Geneva Auto Show) left them feeling inadequate. To solve that problem, they have developed a Long Wheelbase version. Introducing the Alpina B7 LWB, one of the most luxurious super sedans on the market today. Alpina has been modifying BMW models for almost 50 years and their cars are known for subtly aggressive looks, great handling and big wheels.
This Alpina B7 is no different. If ever there was a car that looked ready to blast down a highway it’s this one. The extended hood and longer wheelbase make it look like it’s going so fast it’s being stretched by space and time. A new front fascia makes the face of the car look a little more aggressive and a small rear wing balances the back. Four big, polished exhaust tips are tucked into a new rear valance, providing visual evidence of the ‘biturbo’ badge on the trunk. The usual 21” Alpina wheels are wrapped in sticky Pirelli tires. In fact, run-flat tires are done away with to provide a better ride for the passengers.
The performance of this car is very deceptive with its hulking frame and heft. The BMW Alpina B7 Long Wheelbase can sprint from 0-60 mph in only 4.7 seconds. A 4.4 liter V8 is fitted with twin-turbochargers, putting out 507HP and 516 ft-lb of torque. The top-speed limiter has been thrown away, so this Bavarian speed-sled can now take 5 people up to a more than brisk 174MPH. Not bad for a car that weighs 4500 pounds.
Alpina’s goal with the B7 Bi-Turbo is to fill any void left by BMW refusing to make an “M” version of the 7 series. M cars are usually known for their handling, and Alpina hasn’t left that box unchecked on the work order. Eibach springs lower the car about .5” all around, and provide grip levels and responsiveness usually expected from much smaller cars. Alpina has always impressed journalists with its sharp handling, so while still an impressive feat, it’s no shock. How the new suspension system effects ride-quality remains to be seen. I don’t think Jay Z wants to be bouncing around on a daily commute. On the inside, Alpina has wrapped a new, larger, steering wheel in fine leather, and replaced the stock plastics with new Laurel Wood.
Alpina hasn’t decided whether or not to sell this B7 Bi-Turbo LWB in the U.S. I think it’s better looking than its competitors from AMG, has more room in the back, plenty of wood-clad gadgetry, and probably better handling. But do you need a limousine with track-ready suspension? I’m not sure, but it could be fun to have your driver do some canyon carving while you make a conference call.
Source: Alpina |