A 2009 Alpina B7 was caught stuck in traffic while testing on a public road. The B7 will be unveiled with specs at the Geneva Motor Show.

A black example of the new 2009 Alpina B7 has been caught by spy photographers while travelling on a public road. Alpina is known for using multipsoke wheels, bespoke interior and a special blue metallic hue patented as "Alpina Blue" to colour the exteriors of its cars. Besides portions the front bumper and Alpina wheels it appears that most of the car has stayed true to the concept teaser sketch shown last December. The concept sketch was put up on the Alpina official website and showed the trademark unobtrusive Alpina rear spoiler and a set of multi-spoke wheels that looked very much the same as those 21-inch ones found on the current Alpina B7.

The new Alpina B7 is based on the F01 designated 2009 BMW 7-Series and features a supercharged V8 engine, most probably the 4.4-litre found in a 750i. There is no word on official performance numbers but its predecessor the 2007 B7 got 500hp (373kW) and 700Nm from its supercharged 4.4-litre V8. The 0 - 60mph time was 4.8 seconds.

The car's first official public appearance will be at the 2009 Geneva International Motor Show in March where power output and other performance figures should be released. Alongside it a BMW 6 Series-based Alpina B6 GT3 racer will be shown as well. The B6 GT3 is a competition car geared for the GT3 European Championship and other endurance racing formulae. It's an important car for Alpina as it marks the first time in 20 years that the brand will be in motor racing again.



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