By Paul Rachwal
Saturday, Aug 18th, 2012 @ 3:14 pm
 
BMW has just lifted the veil off of the Alpina B7, which is based on the 2013 BMW 7-series. Dubbed a "super-high performance luxury sedan" by its maker, the car will be available in four variations: a standard wheelbase with or without xDrive all-wheel-drive and with a long wheelbase with or without xDrive.

Set to go on sale before the end of the month, the range will start at $127,600, with the xDrive priced at $130,600, while the rear-drive long wheelbase B7 will cost $131,500 to start, and xDrive again adding $3,000 to the price tag.

The new car receives the same underhood improvements as the 2013 7-series, with the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 now rated at 540-horsepower and 538lb-ft of torque, gains of 40 and 22, respectively. This was made possible by adding BMW's Valvetronic intake technology. The engine is mated to an eight-speed transmission that has been programmed by Alpina specifically for the B7.

The top speed sees a big bump to 194mph (193 in xDrive models) from the regular 7-Series' 175mph. The 0-62mph times are now 4.3 and 4.4 seconds, likely in favor of the xDrive models.

The car gets new ceramic secondary controls and an engine start-stop system. Options include LED headlights and a Bang & Olufsen Surround Sound System. The interior leather choices and exterior colors are also the same as the new 7-series, with a unique Alpina blue metallic paint on offer once again. The car rides on unique 21-inch Alpina Classic alloys with 20 spokes.

The body sports unique exterior trim pieces which are installed by hand at Alpina's facility in Buchloe, Germany. The car needs to be special ordered, and it takes about two weeks longer to arrive than a regular, specially-ordered 7-series.

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