Go Back   United Bimmer Community - BMW Forum > UnitedBimmer-General BMW Topics > BMW General Discussion > BMW News And RSS Feeds
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Advertise With Us Mark Forums Read

BMW News And RSS Feeds BMW RSS feeds and news

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-01-2010, 06:40 PM   #1
scooter
 
scooter's Avatar

Name: scooter
Title: Administrator
Status: Offline
Join Date: May 2005
Location: US of A
Rate My Car: 296 / 340
Your Ride: 99m3
New York 2010: 2011 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive is deeply impressive

Filed under: Aftermarket, New York Auto Show, Sedan, Performance, BMW, Luxury

2011 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive - Click above for high-res image gallery

We dig super sedans. You get 94 percent of the performance of a sports car (or there abouts) plus the ability to take a few friends along for the hair-raising ride. Also, cops don't seem to scrutinize big snazzy sleepers as much as they do bright yellow scissor-doored whatchamacall'em-ardos. It should come as no shock then that when we first heard about the new Alpina B7, we were pretty excited. When we then subsequently learned that an all-wheel drive version of BMW's sportiest big sedan was coming to the New York Auto Show, well, our excitement grew.

Then we saw the car in the flesh.

Let's just say we're now triple excited. A few pertinent stats, if we may. The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 found in a host of BMWs has been significantly improved to 500 horsepower (up by 100 hp over stock) and 516 pound-feet of torque (up by 66 pound-feet). The B7 is also more aerodynamic than your garden variety 7 Series, comes with zillion-spoke wheels (fine, twenty) and can hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. With the Alpina B7 xDrive, you can now toss AWD into that already frothy mix.

But the above stats aren't the crazy parts. It's the details that impress the most. For example, all four of the heavy-duty half shafts come out of the 7 Series High Security. The 60 to 0 mph braking distance is identical to a Porsche Turbo. That last bit is not an April Fools' joke, although it's somewhat mitigated by Alpina's saying, "that's cold braking distance." While not a stat per say, the AWD system is mechanically identical to other BMW xDrive systems, though Alpina has written their own software system, presumably for the better.

One last thing that's actually a little to complicated to explain: take a look at the center of the B7's wheel. You'll see that once you've slid the heraldry over, there's a keyhole. Now, if you zoom out, you'll notice no valve stems anywhere on the wheel. In other words, your tire pressure's locked in and can be adjusted to the tenth of a PSI. Pretty cool, no?

High res gallery below, official press release after the jump.


Gallery: New York 2010: Alpina B7 xDrive



Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright (C)2010 Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: BMW/Alpina]Continue reading New York 2010: 2011 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive is deeply impressive

New York 2010: 2011 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive is deeply impressive originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 01 Apr 2010 13:12:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



Permalink | Email this | Comments

More...
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Alpina 318i....explain this to me delmarco E36 65 Yesterday 07:17 AM
The 2011 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive to debut at the 2010 New York Auto Show scooter BMW News And RSS Feeds 0 03-25-2010 09:50 PM
All-wheel-drive BMW Alpina B7 xDrive slated for New York debut scooter BMW News And RSS Feeds 0 03-24-2010 09:41 PM
Kinda raced a cocky 525i Rooz Kill Stories 39 01-22-2008 10:07 AM
My car in the royal car list. zeaq328i United Off Topic  **FOR MEMBERS ONLY** 22 08-19-2006 07:37 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:50 AM.

A vBSkinworks Design

 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright © 2005-2013 UnitedBimmer.com