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.
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.
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.
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.