The kidney grille on the 2020 BMW 7 Series hasn’t worked out all that badly. At least that’s what we are told by Alpina’s sales director, Erik Ploss. Orders shot up after the BMW tuning firm’s ultra-luxurious, high-performance derivative, the Alpina B7, debuted at the Geneva auto show. In fact, he believes that the new design has brought in conquest buyers.
The 7’s new, angular look indeed works well with the Alpina-specific enhancements, which include a low front spoiler, flared sills, a rear lip spoiler, a subtle diffuser, four fat tailpipes and Alpina’s signature 20-inch thin spoke wheels.
The interior boasts appealing touches from Alpina with leather and contrast stitching, ceramic inserts and multi-functional front seats. Elsewhere, the flagship sedan, which has its eyes set on the Mercedes-AMG S63, comes with full-color head-up display, wood or piano black trim, ambient lighting and plenty of optional extras. Users will also notice the improved soundproofing thanks to the thicker windows.
For the 2020 B7, the icing on the cake is the 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8, tuned to deliver 608 PS (599 hp / 447 kW) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque. Paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission with updated software that channels output to the xDrive all-wheel drive system, it allows the saloon to rocket to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds and up to a maximum speed of 330 km/h (205 mph). That’s true supercar performance in a vehicle that excels in luxury and comfort, being suitable for a business meeting, weekend getaway or intercontinental cruising.
Engine is paired with eight-speed automatic transmission that has updated software that channels output to the xDrive all-wheel drive system. This setup enables saloon to accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 3.7 seconds before reaching a top speed of 205 mph. The said performance figure is equivalent to supercar performance but also excels in luxury and comfort.