After the Bmw 7-Series was updated, it was also time to see a 2013 Bmw Alpina B7! That didn’t take long as the first photos with the brand new vehicle emerged today on the web and the company announced that the B7 will make its North American debut at the historic Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August.
Set to go on-sale immediately thereafter, the 2013 Alpina B7 will be priced from: $127,600 (B7 Standard Wheelbase), $130,600 (B7 SWB with xDrive), $131,500 (B7 Long Wheelbase), and $134,500 (B7 LWB with xDrive).
If the previous version delivered 500 hp, the 2013 Alpina B7 features 40 additional horsepower (now rated 540 hp) and 22 lb-ft more torque (up to 538 from 516 lb-ft) thanks to the new Bmw Valvetronic throttle-less intake technology and a new ALPINA 8- speed high performance transmission.
The top speed was increased to 194 mph (drag-limited, 193 mph with xDrive), from 175 mph. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in the low-mid-4-second range for all variants (4.3-4.4 seconds). Other updates for 2013 include new BMW kidney grilles, Xenon Adaptive headlights, LED front fog lights, and new tail lights.
Standard features include ceramic secondary controls, engine Automatic Start-Stop, and the Active protection system. As an option we get Full LED Headlights, Bang & Olufsen Surround Sound System, new exterior colors and interior upholstery choices. The exterior design is still highlighted by the 21-inch Alpina Classic 20-spoke wheels as well as the well-known Alpina Blue Metallic paint.
There is no denying that the BMW 7-Series is one of the most appealing, most luxurious, most dynamic and most technology-laden premium sedan. For the 2012 model year, BMW has upgraded the 7-Series to make it more elegantly charming and sportily appealing by implementing a couple of exterior tweaks both on the front and rear ends. The changes have made the new BMW 7-Series ride lower (minus 8 mm) than the previous model – although its other measurements have remained the same. However, the subtle change in ride height resulted in more aggressive proportions while helping accentuate its emotional appeal.
For the 2012 model year, the new BMW 7-Series would be available with new full-LED (light emitting diodes) headlight units, which feature a new accent strip as well as BMW’s signature corona rings. These LED headlights flank the 7-Series’ new upright BMW kidney grille, which now comes with nine slats instead of 12 slats found in the previous model. This kidney grille is now bordered by a thicker chrome surround and highlighted by the BMW 7-Series long and wide front bonnet, which in turn is dominated by precise contour lines.
On the other hand, the 2012 iteration of the BMW 7-Series is provided with a modified front apron, which has a lower part that features a massive full-width air intake. This air intake has been divided into three sections, with the two outer sections marked by chrome bars. To the far sides of the wide air intake are two smaller and narrower vertical air intakes, sitting beside the LED fog lights of the 7 Series.
These vertical air intakes are actually part of BMW’s so-called "air curtain" technology, which according to the premium carmaker, could help the car consume less fuel when moving at higher speeds as it causes airflow around the front wheels to move in a more aerodynamic manner. This air curtain features a design that well preaches the carmaker’s BMW EfficientDynamics strategy.