2017 BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive officially introduced in the United States

Article by Andrew Christian, on February 9, 2016

BMW of North America is introducing the new 2017 BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive, which will be sold starting September 2016 at selected dealerships. The new 2017 BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive represents the third generation of ALPINA vehicles derived from the BMW 7 Series and is the latest embodiment of luxurious comfort, precise dynamics and outstanding performance.

The BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive features a two-axle air suspension system combined with Dynamic Damper Control and Active Comfort Drive with Road Preview – all ensuring top-notch driving comfort at all times. Interestingly, the BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive offers a dynamic performance and light-footed handling usually exhibited by sports cars, thanks to rear wheel steering of the Integral Active Steering system. Additionally, this model has Active Roll Stabilization, which works to minimize body roll when tackling a corner.

On the other hand, the BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive is provided with the Driving Dynamics Control switch, which allows the driver to choose certain system parameters that influence the car's driving dynamics.

This Driving Dynamics Control switch features an Individual Mode that drivers could use to select specific settings according to his or her preference. Amazingly, the vehicle's two-axle air suspension system takes care of providing the much needed ride comfort. This system could raise or lower the ride height of the BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive, thereby helping set up the chassis to provide either a comfortable or a sporty ride.

In fact, the two-axle air suspension system could raise the ride height by as much as 1.6 inches. When the BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive is cruising at speeds over 140 mph, this system lowers the ride height of the BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive by 0.8 inches. Intriguingly, drivers have the option to manually override this setup, lowering the car's ride height 0.8 inches no matter how fast it cruises. This can be achieved by choosing ALPINA Sport+ Mode that effectively lowers the BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive's center of gravity, resulting to higher levels of agility and high-speed stability.

Moreover, a lower ride height means an increased front wheel camber, allowing the BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive to initiate a more direct turn-in during cornering. Drivers could also opt to raise the car's ride height 0.8 inches -- up to a speed of 20 mph – for a higher ground clearance.

Additionally, the Driving Dynamics Control also allows drivers to determine the settings of the Electronic Damper Control, which controls both rebound and compression. Customers could choose from an array of ALPINA damper set-ups, including Comfort+ Mode (for relaxed and comfortable driving) and ALPINA Sport+ Mode (for maximum dynamic performance).

To note, the all-new BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive now comes with Integral Active Steering, which combines a variable ratio electric steering system at the front axle with active steering on the rear axle that allows wheels to make a maximum turn of three degrees. At low speeds, steering lies with the rear axle, thereby making the BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive more agile and more dynamic to handle. At higher speeds, steering lies with the front axle, making the car more stable even when moving fast.

Exterior Design

The new BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive sports an athletic and elegant exterior complemented by a luxurious and comfortable interior filled with innovative features and equipment. Both the front and the rear of the all-new BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive have the distinctive ALPINA design and an array of aerodynamic elements as well as unique spoilers – all strongly emphasizing the vehicle's dynamic presence on the road.

Of course, the elegant design of the new BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive represents a harmony between form and function. For instance, the car's aerodynamic components do not only add to its flair, but also reduce lift on the front and rear axles to almost zero, thereby making the vehicle stable no matter how fast it goes.

Moreover, the new BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive features openings at front that enable an effective yet accurate flow of air to each component of its high-performance cooling system. Additionally, iconic BMW kidney grille comes with an integrated air flap control system that makes sure that the BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive gets all the cooling that it requires.

Interestingly, this system could be closed to reduce aerodynamic drag. On the other hand, the vehicle is fitted with ALPINA sports exhaust system featuring two elliptical twin tailpipes, hinting at the power that lies beneath the new BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive.

These tailpipes are integrated in the car's rear apron, thereby providing the rear of the new BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive with a slick yet elegant appearance. Accentuating the exterior looks of the new BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive are 20-spoke 20-inch ALPINA CLASSIC wheels featuring concealed air valves. Customers may avail of the optional 21 inch ALPINA CLASSIC forged wheels with visible wheel bolts.

But as these don’t have the concealed air valves and wheel caps, they’re lighter and more aesthetically striking. Customers may avail of the 2017 BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive in any of the featured paint finishes, especially the BMW ALPINA-exclusive ALPINA Blue metallic and ALPINA Green metallic.

Wrapping the car's ALPINA CLASSIC wheels (8.5 x 20 inches on front and 10 x 20 inches at rear) are MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport tires (255/40 ZR20 on front and 295/35 ZR20 at the rear).

Meanwhile, the optional lightweight 21-inch forged wheels are made from high-density and high-strength aluminum alloy that helps them be lighter by 5.5 lbs per wheel. Remarkably, the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport tires -- designed to meet the demands of high-performance sports cars – directly influence the precise steering feel and handling of the new BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive.

Taking care of the deceleration and stopping business is a high-performance brake system that is made up of blue-painted four-piston fixed calipers with 15.5 x 1.41-inch discs on the front axle, and floating calipers with 14.5 x 0.94-inch discs on the rear axle.

Interior Design

Inside, the 2017 BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive comes with an interesting assortment of standard luxurious elements like high-end Nappa leather, comfort seats, ceramic inserts on selected control elements and a leather-covered instrument panel, as well as soft close doors.

Moreover, the car features as standard a full-color Head-Up Display, the latest BMW navigation and communication and infotainment systems and a rear view camera. Furthermore, the interior of the 2017 BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive comes with exclusive ALPINA details like sports steering wheel wrapped in high-quality LAVALINA leather with blue and green stitching. In addition, the cabin features ALPINA interior trim in either Timeless Piano lacquer or classic Myrtle Luxury Wood.

The exclusivity of the car's interior also comes in the form of door sills with blue illumination, ALPINA B7 model inscriptions and an individual production plaque. Fascinatingly, the 2017 BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive is provided with a full-color digital instrument panel in LED technology.

In Comfort Mode, the panel dons a classic look with round instruments featuring a blue background and red needles. In Sport Mode, the panel dons a more aggressive design featuring blue and green drag indicators. In this mode, the panel focuses on providing primary information, like the permanent digital speed read-out located at the center.

Powertrain

Powering the 2017 BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive is a new 4.4-liter V-8 with twin-turbo charging, gasoline direct injection and Valvetronic. This powerplant develops up to 600 bhp available between 5,750 rpm and 6,250 rpm, and up to 590 lb-ft of torque available from 3,000 rpm, allowing the new BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in in just 3.6 seconds, or 0.8 seconds faster than its predecessor.

This amount of power also allows the 2017 BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive to reach a top speed of 193 mph. Making this new V8 engine more amazing is the remarkable emphasis of power across the entire rpm range. Not only that, this eight-cylinder engine features excellent throttle response and high torque even at low engine speeds.

Helping the engine generate the needed power and performance figures are its air intake system, high-performance cooling system and the intercooler and turbocharger configuration.

The engine features a twin-turbo charging system that includes twin-scroll turbochargers with enlarged inlet and outlet diameters – a setup that allows for optimal utilization of exhaust gas energy even at low engine speeds. As a result, the V8 builds up power faster and provides more torque at low engine speeds.

In fact, the V8 twin-turbo engine could provide 494 lb.-ft. of torque even at 2,000 rpm. Complementing the dynamic ALPINA V8 engine is the cutting-edge suspension and chassis technology from ALPINA, which works to retain the outstanding ride comfort of the car's predecessor while enhancing the vehicle's agility, handling and lateral dynamics that matches its power output.

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