The BMW 7 Series executive sedan is a classy, masterfully balanced, and luxurious vehicle exclusive to only the rich elite. But for those in the upper echelons of the 1%, the 2021 BMW Alpina B7 is an even grander statement, with its unparalleled good looks and undeniable power. The BMW badge carries a special and recognized denotation, but cars bearing the unique and consequential Alpina insignia are far more exclusive and plainly in a league of their own. While BMW's M Sport division fixates on the performance side of things, Alpina aims to amplify both the performance and the on-road driving experience and opulence of BMW's cars for unrivalled proficiency and pleasure. With its 600-horsepower twin-turbo 8-cylinder and consignment of meticulously tuned underpinnings, the Alpina B7 sedan delivers tellingly and holds its own alongside other aristocrats such as the Mercedes-Maybach S, Bentley Flying Spur, and Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo.
Not all that much is new for the BMW Alpina B7 for the 2021 model year. The color palette has changed, with Glacier Silver and Azurite Black II Metallic traded out for Phytonic Blue and Frozen Bluestone. Inside, there have been only deletions, with fewer choices for leather color and trim. In terms of standard features, the CD player has been removed, while the previously optional Driver Recorder is made standard. Previously optional standalone features that have been deleted include the Ambient Air Package, the Icon Adaptive LED headlights with Laserlight, and Night Vision with Pedestrian Protection.
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4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
Resounding beneath the facade of the Alpina B7 sedan is a strapping 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 gas engine dialed to muster up a momentous 600 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Outputs are ceded through an 8-speed automatic transmission to the Alpina B7s xDrive all-wheel-drive system. Proper and exhilarating performance is the Alpina B7's prerogative and it delivers - power is always plentiful and throttle responses precise and smooth. The full-size luxury sedan can launch from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, and continue on to a top speed of 205 mph. Fuel economy is crippling, but at this price point, that hardly matters.
It's difficult to review the 2021 BMW Alpina B7 alongside other executive 4-door sedans as it is, unequivocally, a one-of-a-kind cruiser. Though there are sporty sedans that are faster and more poised, the Alpina B7 will still excite and impress with its potent V8 mill and surprisingly dynamic chassis and suspension setup. This is not the B7's core appeal, however. While Alpina may appropriate these performance characteristics, for the thrills, it focuses more on augmenting the B7's nearly peerless refinement and luxury on the road. If you're looking for a dapper, upscale saloon that will deliver driving proficiency and pleasure in equal measure and without any compromise in modern technology and opulence, then the Alpina B7 will certainly delight. In the USA, the 2021 BMW Alpina B7 sedan carries a sticker price of $143,200, which means you'll also likely be the only person in your kingdom to have one.
In review, the Alpina B7, derived from the sixth generation of the 7 Series sedan from BMW, is a phenomenal vehicle and can be considered an apogee of BMW's renowned record of automotive engineering.
The 2021 Alpina B7 is a singular product but it can be personalized for an even more exclusive aesthetic and status. In this regard, one of the $5,000 bespoke Alpina exterior paint jobs and the 21-inch alloy wheels would do the trick. The Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system is a must, especially if you're a muso. If you're far too privileged to drive yourself around, then we'd suggest optioning in the Luxury Rear Seating Package to apply Alpina's Nappa leather upholstery to the rear seats for added comfort. The Panoramic Sky Lounge LED roof is another fine addition for augmenting the overall luxury experience.
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