The ALPINA name is one that evokes feelings that range from exclusivity and prestige to unmitigated performance and unyielding power. The 2018 BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive channels every sensation that the names BMW and ALPINA can conjure, delivering a wickedly powerful sedan that is irrepressibly refined and unflinchingly individualistic.
Raw power, refined performance
The growling heart of the 2018 BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive is the next-generation Bi-Turbo 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8, which puts out 600 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque for performance certain to accelerate your heart rate. This power is harnessed through a new ALPINA Switchtronic eight-speed automatic transmission, which utilizes Driving Dynamics Control to select your preferred driving experience — including a unique ALPINA SPORT+ Mode, which focuses on performance — and Launch Control for maximum movement off the line.
Underpinning the BMW ALPINA B7 is xDrive, BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system, which continuously adapts to the conditions of the road below you and delivers the most traction possible by distributing power between the front and rear axle as needed. BMW’s 2-Axle Air Suspension works in perfect harmony with Dynamic Damper Control and Active Comfort Drive with Road Preview to create superlative response, and Integral Active Steering provides a more intuitive experience behind the wheel.
An exquisite interior experience
The 2018 BMW ALPINA B7 emphasizes driver and passenger comfort — as well as individuality — by enveloping its occupants in extravagant, high-quality materials. The BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive is available with a half-dozen Nappa leather upholstery options — including Canberra Beige, rich Mocha and powerful Black — as well as six additional BMW Individual Merino leather options ranging from Smoke White/Viola to Fiona Red/Black. Upholstery choices are complemented by 10 different trim options, including four BMW Individual selections, that run the gamut from Eucalyptus Smoke Brown Wood Trim to Ash Grain Black and Red Wood Trim.
Additional touches include a Gesture Control system, which grants control over your experience with as little as a wave of your hand, and 20-way power multi-contour front seats that help to keep you at ease on any drive. Further luxuriousness can be had in the form of an available Interior Design Package — adding Alcantara headliner and wood trim for the rear center armrest and rear seat belt cover — and a Luxury Rear Seating Package that includes rear comfort seats with ventilation, heating and massage, as well as three-level heated armrests at all positions and a heated steering wheel.
The 2018 BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive doesn’t stand apart from the crowd so much as it exists on a plane all its own. Fusing the prestige of two of the most trusted names in both performance and luxury automotive, the BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive delivers what no other vehicle on the road can in a package that is entirely inimitable.
This article is presented by Rick Hendrick BMW Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.