7Post
7Post
BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Go Back   7Post - 7 Series Forum > BMW 7-Series Forums > General 7-series (F01) Discussion

Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      05-20-2010, 08:51 AM   #1
Mark
Administrator
Mark's Avatar
United_States
1867
Rep
4,004
Posts

 
Drives: 1M
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2011 BMW 750Li Alpina B7 First Drive by Edmunds InsideLine

Name:  alpina-b7.jpg
Views: 6021
Size:  99.9 KB

2011 BMW 750Li Alpina B7 First Drive

The press has been out in force with their Alpina B7 reviews this week, following a big press event where various members of the press were given these cars to drive and have fun with.

I really enjoyed this one article in particular by the folks over at InsideLine, here are some select quotes but make sure to follow the jump to the full article

Quote:
After one stab of the loud pedal, you understand why BMW doesn't bother to make an M version of the 7 Series. The 2011 BMW 750Li Alpina B7 is all the M7 you'll ever want, a fire-breathing 500-horsepower version of the BMW 7 Series that doesn't forget that it's all right to be comfortable while you're hurtling down the autobahn at top speed.

As soon as you take the steering wheel in your hands, you know you're in something special. The rim is finished with silky leather, and BMW's typical cross-stitching has been changed to a directional pattern so your hands aren't rubbed raw when you're spinning the wheel. Alpina has also installed its own proprietary control buttons, notably an aluminum nipple at either side that actuates transmission shifts.

Anyone can take a 750i and turn up the boost. The real story here is in the engineering that Alpina has put into its effort. This company has come a long way since 1962 when Burkhard Bovensiepen put dual Weber carburetors on the BMW 1500. Alpina progressed from a motorsports tuner to a full-fledged small-volume manufacturer in 1983, and now it's a full partner with BMW, producing a whole range of specialty cars derived from BMW models. When you buy the 2011 BMW 750Li Alpina B7, it's even backed by a full BMW warranty.

The B7's twin-turbo 4.4-liter BMW V8 from the 750i is actually assembled by hand at Alpina's facility in Buchloe, Germany, before being shipped to BMW for installation in this car. The Alpina philosophy is "high torque at low rpm," and as such the 4.4-liter V8 is fitted with special Garrett turbochargers from Honeywell. These lightweight units flow more air and the turbines spool up more quickly, so maximum torque is available as low as 3,000 rpm. Meanwhile, new Mahle pistons afford a lower compression ratio of 9.1:1 in order to withstand 14.7 psi of boost.

You can have your Alpina B7 as a short-wheelbase BMW 750i, priced at $122,875. Once you step up to the long-wheelbase BMW 750Li, then that will be $126,755. (In Europe you can get an all-wheel-drive version.)

You'd think that there would be not so many people looking to drain their wallet so comprehensively to get a juiced-up BMW 7 Series, but Alpina figures there are between 450 and 500 of you. Considering the speed with which the 2007-'08 Alpina B7 went through BMW dealerships, you might want to get in line soon.
Follow the link to the full article: http://www.insideline.com/bmw/alpina...rst-drive.html
__________________
The new beast. BMW M5.
Appreciate 0
      05-20-2010, 07:28 PM   #2
Oulixes
Lieutenant Colonel
Oulixes's Avatar
19
Rep
1,941
Posts

 
Drives: 330xi, 335i
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Terra Borealis

iTrader: (0)

A good article.
Appreciate 0
      05-20-2010, 08:57 PM   #3
positiveions
Lieutenant General
positiveions's Avatar
Lebanon
114
Rep
10,529
Posts

 
Drives: 09 MKV JETTA 2.5 & E90 M3 :)
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: La Verne, CA

iTrader: (1)

Send a message via MSN to positiveions Send a message via Yahoo to positiveions
Alpina has come a long way. It amazes me that they are considered as a manufacturer and not a tuner. That is the best title Alpina could have. I've seen the previous B7 finish in the showroom at Shelly BMW, and let me just say if there is any company that pays attention to detail, it would be Alpina. Too bad I didn't get to drive one, but I've heard many owners who insisted that the car brought them a smile from ear to ear.
Appreciate 0
      05-20-2010, 09:02 PM   #4
uhn2000
Big K...
uhn2000's Avatar
Canada
23
Rep
1,633
Posts

 
Drives: FerrariFF
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Toronto, Ontario

iTrader: (0)

A home run.
__________________
Prancing horse..
Appreciate 0
      05-20-2010, 09:09 PM   #5
yamazaho
Wang D.D.S.
yamazaho's Avatar
Taiwan
88
Rep
6,960
Posts

 
Drives: 12' E92 335is, 15' W205
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Houston, TX

iTrader: (11)

Garage List
2006 325i  [3.88]
Send a message via Skype™ to yamazaho
Nice.
__________________
Appreciate 0
      05-21-2010, 02:00 AM   #6
Levi
Brigadier General
Levi's Avatar
Czech_Republic
124
Rep
3,450
Posts

 
Drives: Alfa Romeo
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Prague

iTrader: (0)

Can we get the Alpina B7 with BMW M7 badge?
Appreciate 0
      05-21-2010, 04:51 AM   #7
Alpina_B3_Lux
Colonel
Alpina_B3_Lux's Avatar
Germany
62
Rep
2,451
Posts

 
Drives: Audi R8 V10, BMW 330d E91 LCI
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Germany

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2009 335i  [4.39]
Quote:
Originally Posted by eatrach73 View Post
Alpina has come a long way. It amazes me that they are considered as a manufacturer and not a tuner. That is the best title Alpina could have. I've seen the previous B7 finish in the showroom at Shelly BMW, and let me just say if there is any company that pays attention to detail, it would be Alpina. Too bad I didn't get to drive one, but I've heard many owners who insisted that the car brought them a smile from ear to ear.
That was indeed my experience when I test drove the B3 BT about 18 months ago. I've also owned an E46 B3 and it was a great car, fabulous engine and tight suspension without being uncomfortable.

The only reason I currently do not drive an Alpina is that the B3 BT is not available with manual transmission and active steering.

Alpina_B3_Lux
__________________
Audi R8 V10; sold: BMW 335i
Appreciate 0
      05-21-2010, 06:41 AM   #8
Frosty
Lieutenant Colonel
Frosty's Avatar
27
Rep
1,909
Posts

 
Drives: Ordered my E92 (7/10/06)
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Northern NJ

iTrader: (0)

"...Everywhere you look, this Alpina shows evidence of a comprehensive approach to performance engineering. The floor pan has numerous structural reinforcements. The brakes come from the BMW 760i Protection, BMW's 7,000-pound armored sedan. The usual six-speed ZF-built transmission has been fitted with strengthened gears, including some from ZF's gearbox for 7.5-ton trucks. Even the driveshaft and axles are the beefed-up units from the 760i Protection...."

huh... I did not know they used some "protection" parts, very nice ~Frost
__________________
.................................................. ....................
335i Coupe (6MT) (2007: 9/06 build, pre ordered, only owner): Space Grey / Black Leatherette / Grey Poplar trim / ZCW / ZSP / BMW assist w/ bluetooth / power rear shade / navi with iDrive / comfort access keyless entry /+homelink mirror/ 185,000+miles (Nov-25-2014)
.................................................. ......................
Appreciate 0
      05-21-2010, 08:36 AM   #9
Vintage
Colonel
Vintage's Avatar
United_States
32
Rep
2,272
Posts

 
Drives: 2010 Z4 35i and 2014 535d x
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Austin, Texas

iTrader: (0)

I wish I had $122k for the 750 Alpina - very cool car.
Appreciate 0
      05-21-2010, 10:33 AM   #10
GreenPlease
Lieutenant Colonel
GreenPlease's Avatar
United_States
40
Rep
1,635
Posts

 
Drives: BMW 335i e92
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Orlando Florida

iTrader: (2)

Doesn't peak torque come on lower in the standard 750i motor? Just a passing observation...
__________________
Cars>Women
Appreciate 0
      05-21-2010, 11:28 AM   #11
xDrive50i
Lieutenant Colonel
xDrive50i's Avatar
Canada
23
Rep
1,754
Posts

 
Drives: '09 750i individual
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: GTA

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by GreenPlease View Post
Doesn't peak torque come on lower in the standard 750i motor? Just a passing observation...
yes it does... at around 1450 rpm
__________________
2009 750i individual | Citrin Black Metallic | Platinum Merino Extended Leather | BMW Individual Composition Package (includes Sport Package) | Dynamic Handling Package | Multimedia Package | Technology Package | Executive Package
http://www.7post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=234432
Appreciate 0
      05-21-2010, 02:07 PM   #12
TsunamiFury
Private
1
Rep
63
Posts

 
Drives: e46 325i
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: San Francisco

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Levi View Post
Can we get the Alpina B7 with BMW M7 badge?
I would consider the Alpina Badge to be superior to any M badge in this case.

M is known among most anyone, where as Alpina is known as the 'cut above' BMW -- unlike most any of the other tuners which look like a cut below (hamann etc).
Appreciate 0
      05-22-2010, 07:33 AM   #13
TK-421
Registered Sex Offender
United_States
142
Rep
4,765
Posts

 
Drives: E46 M3 | 1JZ S13
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Tampa, FL

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Levi View Post
Can we get the Alpina B7 with BMW M7 badge?
__________________
Stop putting stuff like painted reflectors and premium package in your signature. You're embarrassing.
Appreciate 0
      05-22-2010, 12:47 PM   #14
positiveions
Lieutenant General
positiveions's Avatar
Lebanon
114
Rep
10,529
Posts

 
Drives: 09 MKV JETTA 2.5 & E90 M3 :)
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: La Verne, CA

iTrader: (1)

Send a message via MSN to positiveions Send a message via Yahoo to positiveions
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alpina_B3_Lux View Post
That was indeed my experience when I test drove the B3 BT about 18 months ago. I've also owned an E46 B3 and it was a great car, fabulous engine and tight suspension without being uncomfortable.

The only reason I currently do not drive an Alpina is that the B3 BT is not available with manual transmission and active steering.

Alpina_B3_Lux
the dealer I "usually" purchase my BMWs' from, has a customer, a Dr., that owns a mint condition Alpina Z8. The car has no more than 20k on it. My CA told me that the car is fabulous and super super quick.
Appreciate 0
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

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


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:02 PM.




7post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST