2011 BMW Alpina B7 or 2016 BMW 7 Series

Interesting | September 19th, 2015 by 9
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The brand new G11 BMW 7 Series is absolutely fantastic. It’s great looking, fast, handles very well for such a big vehicle and has an …

The brand new G11 BMW 7 Series is absolutely fantastic. It’s great looking, fast, handles very well for such a big vehicle and has an interior worthy of private jet use. It’s a stunning machine. It isn’t cheap, however. The base model 740i starts life at $81,300. Start adding options and you’re nearing six figures with ease. The 750i starts at $97,400 so after tax and destination it’s over the $100,000 mark. So what about looking for something on the secondhand market that’s almost as luxurious, faster and cooler looking?

This 2011 BMW Alpina B7 is worth looking at as an alternative to the brand new 7 Series.

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It’s still technically a BMW 7 Series, but has considerable upgrades. The 4.4 liter twin-turbo used in the standard 750i was fettled by Alpina to make 540 hp, which enables it to get from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds. It also has numerous Alpina touches, both on the exterior and interior, which make it extremely exclusive and luxurious. It’s a genuinely beautiful car, even if it isn’t as nice on the interior, nor does it come with anywhere near the level of technology, as the new 7 Series.

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2016 BMW 7 Series

This particular Alpina B7, painted in the typical Alpina Blue color scheme with a chestnut brown and black two-tone leather interior. It’s a 2011 model with only 49,439 miles on it, making it relatively fresh. And the best part about it? It only costs $56,500. That’s about $40,000 less than the new BMW 750i and is faster and more exclusive. True, it isn’t as pretty your luxurious, but it’s definitely a better value proposition.

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So which would you choose, the brand new, high-tech and absolutely gorgeous BMW 7 Series or the slightly older but much faster and more exclusive Alpina B7? It’s a tough question and I guess it comes down to what you’re actually after and not necessarily comparing the two cars. If pure luxury is what you’re after, the new 7 Series is worth the extra money as it’s unmatched in that regard. If high performance is more your thing but you still want luxury and comfort, the B7 might be better suited for you. Either way, when you look at the price difference, this 2011 Alpina B7 is one helluva deal.

[Source: Hemmings]

9 responses to “2011 BMW Alpina B7 or 2016 BMW 7 Series”

  1. Eduardo Lattes de M. Vellani says:

    New 7 all the way

  2. Shawn Sepehry says:

    Can’t afford either but the E65 LCI is really starting to look good. I’d be tempted if my mechanic didn’t scare the hell out of me with horror stories about the E65.

    • Billy The Hillbilly says:

      well it isn’t that bad actually. The N62 is not flawless, but it is quite a reliable engine. N73 is looking good also (as for what I’m told by my mechanic, who is running one and taking care of several), not that much more expensive to run than the N62. But as always, it is very important to get yourself a well preserved one. Than it is all just down to the problems with electronics, but you can have that even in the M-B W140 tank.

      And hey, I would lean towards the B7. I just love the F01 exterior desing that much (I mean whatta shame they didn’t stick with the e65 principles inside).. but I guess I would have to have a ride in both of them to make a final decision.

  3. 2sfhim says:

    The B7 will be a collector’s item in the not so distant future, a standard 7-series will be collectible much later. For example the E38 B12 are for sale between 20,000 and 40,000 euros, depending on condition and mileage, and this is at most only a few thouand dollars less than this F01 B7. But it depends on how long the buyer will keep it.

    • Billy The Hillbilly says:

      … and the level of care. I mean if you want to have top bucks for your car, you will have quite an expensive maintenance as well… people tend to forget this, but you will never end in + owning a special car, unless you have Ferrari Daytona, F40 or Porsche 356, yadda yadda…

  4. Indrit Selimi says:

    If you can’t afford it why bother anyway? There are a lot of other cars which doesn’t have the “bmw badge” but are more than enough for everybody uses…

  5. dencoop says:

    the 2016 750 on bmwusa.com showed a 0-60 of 4.3 seconds and the 2011 Alpina B7 as per your article does the 0-60 in 4.2. does not seem much faster to me. i would rather have the latest and the greatest….I had a 012 750 that i did european delivery on and have a 15 750i now. i will be getting a 2017 750i or B7 as the second model year always has all the major kinks/isues worked out.

  6. […] does. However, it was almost given a second chance by a company we all know and love — Alpina. Burkard Bovensiepen, founder of Alpina, was given the opportunity by BMW to continue creating the […]

  7. […] made this claim before, that the 7 Series was missing a true performance variant outside of the Alpina B7. BMW has always squashed rumors of a true M7 for various reasons, one of which being the Alpina […]

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