The M series of BMW's sports sedans are always well-reviewed for power, handling and comfort during normal driving. The top-of-the-line 7 Series, however, does not have one as an option unless you look to the Alpina B7, which is made by a closely-related tuning shop and comes with a factory warranty. Unlike many tuners, Alpina says that it wants to make subtle changes, and it does so with the B7.
The entire 7 Series line was updated for 2013, and that means a more business-like exterior. The B7 does have some minor bodywork changes, but in all, looks much more calm at a standstill than a BMW M3 or M5. Of course, that changes when one puts the gas pedal down.Read more »
The BMW Alpina B7 Base includes the suspension pieces and twin turbo V8 engine that drive it forward unlike many other full-size sedans. However, there are also 21-inch wheels and a tasteful body kid, as well as BMW's iDrive and 10-speaker sound system to go along with a six-disc DVD changer and a number of other comfortable options. All BMW Alpina B7 trims can be bought in long wheelbase form.
It may seem hard to top the standard features, but adding all-wheel drive can make all the difference for people who live in northern climes. The BMW Alpina B7 xDrive is a new addition. It can go from nearly full rear-wheel drive to a 40 percent power split during tight corners or when the system senses the least bit of slippage. However, it also includes the same option packages as the base model, including a rear-entertainment system for the long wheel-base models and two separate screens. It can also be equipped with rear-, top- and side-view cameras for ease of use in lows-speed situations.
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