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.