Alpina is pretty much a member of the family over at BMW at this point. They’ve been taking the German manufacturers’ vehicles and making them more stylish, powerful and generally more impressive for over 50 years now.

This week BMW announced that the familial specialty tuners have completed work on the newest creation, the 2020 BMW Alpina B7, which is based on the 7 Series sedan.

First things first: the B7 is fitted with a twin-turbo V8 engine that’s been adjusted to put out 600 horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. of torque. Now,last year’s Alpina B7 also had 600 horsepower, but it topped out at 310 km/h. Obviously no slouch. This year, however, the Alpina team has managed to coax an extra 20 km/h out of the luxury sedan’s top speed, meaning the car is now able to get up to just under 330 km/h, with acceleration to the first marker at 60 mph (96 km/h) arriving in 3.5 seconds.  

Improvements have been made to the sedan’s cooling system, AWD xDrive transmission and engine-management software, resulting in a better throttle response. The wheels are also larger (20- or 21-inch) than the regular 7 Series, as are the disc brakes.

Bring it up to speed or activate Sport+ mode, and the custom air-suspension system lowers the vehicle by 0.6 inches and activates a road-scanning camera that will automatically adjust height.

The Alpina B7 comes in one of two exclusive paint colours, metallic green or metallic blue, but that’s far from the only visual difference. It’s also been fitted with a more pronounced front splitter, a unique-to-B7 rear diffuser with quad tips, lower side skirts and custom bumpers.

Inside, the already-luxe full-size sedan receives more white-glove treatment with special wood and leather options, along with enough Alpina badging to ensure you’ll never mistake it for a regular old 7 Series. To ensure a first-class driving experience, they’ve also further deadened sound in the cabin by adding thicker glass all around.

Getting  such luxury into your garage does come at a price, however. Specifically: US$142,695, including Destination, but not including all the potential extras. 

Source: Driving

February 12, 2019