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Alpina B7 spotted on U.S. soil

7-series | July 15th, 2009 by 4
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Here is another teaser for those of us that live in the United States: the new Alpina B7 based on the F01 BMW 7 Series …

Here is another teaser for those of us that live in the United States: the new Alpina B7 based on the F01 BMW 7 Series was spotted on Mt. Evans in Colorado. One of our readers, Craig R., was kind enough to share these photos with us and as he mentioned as well, the B7 prototype might have been used for high altitude testing.

A bit of background on the new B7:  weighs 4,312 lb (1,960 kg), still lighter than the 750i or Li production models and it sits on some beautiful Alpina-style 21 inch wheels. It is powered by a V8 4.4 liter twin-turbo engine outputting 505 horsepower and an impressive 517 lb-ft (700Nm) reached at 4,750 rpm. Alpina B7 is a rear-wheel drive vehicle and it uses the automatic “SwitchTronic” gearbox.

All that power and balance needs to be kept in place, so Alpina packs the B7 with 245 and 285 tires.

Official testing show that the B7 runs from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.7 seconds and it is electronically limited at 174 mph (280km/h).

Alpina B7 spotted on U.S. soil

As expected, the fuel economy is not too great on the B7, official estimates place it at 13MPG (17 liter/100km) city driving, 27MPG (8.6 liter/100km) highway and combined at 20MPG (12 liter/100mk).

Now to tease you even more, after looking closely at these photos, based on the orange reflectors seen, the B7 seems to be a U.S. spec car. Could that imply that we are looking at the possibility of importing these cars in the U.S.? Well, we don’t know for sure yet, but we sent the question in and we’ll see what we will get in return.

No worries, you will be the first to know.

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  • viper

    looks better than 7 M sport package , not too impressed with the engine , I would add 80hp and 100Nm more.

  • Lance

    Definately better looking than stock!

  • AAinSB

    A BMW test vehicle? I see them all the time here in Santa Barbara as they have a facility in Oxnard. They never show the BMW logo, even if they are garden-variety X5’s, 3’s, etc….I saw a 5 GT earlier this week and it was cloaked…they are definitely into secrecy, even when it’s a bit absurd.

    The vehicle pictued has a logo on the hood and wheels in addition to the Alpina logo. Also there are no other BMW’s in the picture and they always travel in packs. Interesting…

  • c.o.

    why is it limited @ 280???
    the old one goes 320 !

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