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Updated 2013 Alpina B7 to Debut at Pebble Beach

posted by on 18 June 2012 in Automotive News

Following the recent announcement regarding mid-cycle updates to the 7-series lineup, BMW announced updates to the Alpina B7 performance luxury sedan for the 2013 model year. Changes include more performance, fresh design features, and improved efficiency. The new B7 will make its North American debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August and will go on-sale immediately thereafter. Pricing will be $128,495 (B7 Standard Wheelbase), $131,495 (B7 SWB with xDrive), $132,395 (B7 Long Wheelbase), and $135,395 (B7 LWB with xDrive) including $895 destination and handling.

The new B7 benefits from all of the same improvements on the rest of the 2013 BMW 7-series lineup including more power, more performance, and more efficiency. The new B7 features 40 additional horsepower (now rated 540 hp) and 22 lb-ft more torque (up to 538 from 516 lb-ft) thanks to the addition of BMW’s Valvetronic throttle-less intake technology and a new Alpina 8-speed high-performance transmission. Top speed is now 194 mph (drag-limited, 193 mph with xDrive), up from the previous 175 mph, and acceleration drops into the 4.3-to 4.4-second range, ensuring the BMW Alpina B7 remains the benchmark in terms of luxurious performance, chassis technology, and hand-finished exclusivity.

Each variant of the updated BMW Alpina B7 (including standard-wheelbase, long-wheelbase, sDrive, and xDrive) will arrive with over thirty new parts which enhance the design and frontal aerodynamics to more effectively channel the cooling air required to manage the increased power output. New BMW kidney grilles, updated Xenon Adaptive headlights, LED front fog lights, and updated tail lights are also included. Other now-standard features will include ceramic secondary controls, engine Automatic Start-Stop, and the Active protection system. Optionally, the B7 will offer Full LED Headlights, Bang & Olufsen Surround Sound System, new exterior colors and interior upholstery choices in-line with the 7-series update. Renewed BMW individual color and trim offerings complete the package. The appearance remains unmistakable on signature 21” Alpina Classic 20-spoke wheels and stunning Alpina Blue Metallic paint.

The 2013 BMW Alpina B7 will be available on a special order basis. The B7’s body is manufactured in the BMW 7-series factory at Dingolfing and hand-finished with the remaining Alpina components at the Alpina factory in Buchloe, Germany. European Delivery at the BMW Welt delivery center is available for the BMW Alpina B7.

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