BMW ALPINA B7 Coming to America
ALPINA, BMW’s Renowned Performance Specialists
Committed to developing the best performing vehicles in the luxury market, BMW with ALPINA has created a special high performance version of BMW’s 7 Series luxury sedan. The 2006 BMW ALPINA B7 brings together the luxury, pioneering design, and advanced technology of the 7 Series Sedan with the scintillating performance of a supercharged, 500hp V-8 engine.
To power the BMW ALPINA B7, ALPINA specially developed a higher-performance version of BMW’s 4.4-liter, 90-degree V-8 engine and mated it to a 6-speed automatic transmission featuring steering wheel mounted shift controls. The motor produces 500 horsepower at 5,500 rpm along with maximum torque of 516 lbs.-ft. at 4,250 rpm, and propels the B7 from 0-60 mph in a mere 4.8 seconds. ALPINA 21-inch wheels carry Z-rated performance tires, while the sport-tuned suspension includes Active Roll Stabilization. The B7 aerokit includes a rear spoiler to improve stability, handling, and performance at high speeds.
ALPINA was established in 1964 as an official and approved “ennobler” of BMW automobiles. Their tradition is to take production BMWs and make them even more appealing to connoisseurs of automotive finery.
With this new model, BMW will raise the benchmark for the segment in terms of performance, refinement, technology, and luxury. Approximately 200 US-version cars are planned for the 2006 model year, with a release date in July 2006.
BMW Alpina B7 to be sold in Canada
Whitby, Ontario – BMW Canada has announced that an ultra-high-performance version of its 7 Series, developed in cooperation with the Alpina Group, will be imported into Canada later this year. The Alpina B7 made its North American premiere at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto yesterday.
The Alpina B7 is based on the 2006 BMW 7 Series, with its 4.4-litre V8 engine equipped with a Nautilus-type supercharger and air-to-air intercooler, producing 500 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The Alpina B7 can reach zero to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds.
Other enhancements include 21-inch Alpina Classic alloy wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires, larger-diameter brakes, and Alpina aerodynamic package. Inside, the B7 features large circular instruments finished in Alpina blue with red pointers, Alpina sport steering wheel with shift buttons and a sequentially-numbered production plaque.
Based in Buchloe, Germany, Alpina has been affiliated with numerous "special" BMW models for several years, and is the only European "tuner" company fully endorsed by BMW to develop specially-modified BMW production vehicles, most of which rarely reach North America. Pricing and availability information will be released closer to market launch later in 2006.