Car and Driver: ALPINA B7 Road Test

7-series | January 17th, 2011 by 1
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Next in line to review the ALPINA B7 is US magazine Car and Driver. Here is an excerpt from their review. “Although standing-start acceleration is …

Next in line to review the ALPINA B7 is US magazine Car and Driver. Here is an excerpt from their review.

“Although standing-start acceleration is almost identical to that of the previous B7—0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, the quarter-mile in 12.8 seconds at 113 mph—the new car is a wink quicker up to 120 mph once rolling. And in any case, these are formidable numbers for a big sedan weighing 4710 pounds.

Similar to before, this short-wheelbase B7 is almost a second quicker than the ­standard 750i to 60 and through the quarter-mile. It’s also a little quicker than the even-heavier (and even more expensive) naturally aspirated Mercedes S63 AMG. But perhaps the B7’s most arresting attribute is how ­quietly the car goes about its business. It’s far too easy to find oneself approaching ­triple-digit speeds, whereupon “arresting” can become more than a figure of speech.

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All of the foregoing didn’t show up particularly well on the skidpad—0.85  g  versus 0.91 g for the previous car with the same tires—but on public roads, it produces a seductive blend of willing turn-in, limited body roll, and confidence-inspiring grip. Just as impressive, it delivers its higher order of athleticism with essentially no penalty in ride quality. Very BMW—something that also applies to the braking: 162 feet from 70 mph, the same as the previous B7.”

Full review at Car and Driver

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