Work on the new Alpina B7 is well underway and the German company will reportedly introduce the model at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
The flagship luxury sedan was teased earlier this month, when Alpina briefly said the B7 is “coming soon.” Now we have unofficial information from our friends at BMW Blog that the vehicle will be ready for a global premiere at the Geneva exhibition in early March.
The report says Alpina will once again use the 4.4-liter V8 engine of the 750i version and will tune it to deliver around 600 horsepower (441 kW) and 590 pound-feet (800 Nm) of torque. The outgoing B7 has 540 hp (397 kW) and 538 lb-ft (729 Nm), channeled through an 8-speed automatic gearbox for a 0-60 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) acceleration in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 194 mph (312 km/h). The new B7 will likely be able to perform this sprint in around four seconds.
BMW Blog also claims the 2017 B7 will be offered with either a rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive systems in both short and long wheelbase versions. The Buchloe-based (Germany) automaker will apply subtle visual changes, including multi-spoke wheels, slightly redesigned bumpers, and a discrete boot lid spoiler.
Meanwhile, Alpine has reported a strong 2015 with just over 1,600 sales. The year that marked the company’s 50th anniversary was good for the D3 and B3 duo that sold over 500 units together, while 248 examples of the XD3 were delivered.
Source: BMW Blog