NAIAS: BMW M760i and Alpina B7

BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive /

The latest BMW 7-series gets more performance oriented with an M-Spec 760i and Alpina B7.

We’re over a month away from the North American International Auto Show in New York, and BMW has decided to unveil information about their latest performance-oriented versions of the 7-series.  The BMW M760i and Alpina B7 add the accent to performance, while demonstrating pure luxury.

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The latest M760i includes a the latest in M-power Twin Turbo technology, added to the 12-cylinder engine.  With a 6,592cc V12, twin-turbo engine, output is estimated at 600 horsepower and 590-lb.ft. of torque.  Peak torque begins at 1,500rpm.  The M760i is capable of supercar-like acceleration, with a 0-60mph time of just 3.91 seconds.  The 8-speed automatic transmission comes equipped with Launch Control.  In manual mode, the transmission will hold it’s gear near redline until the upshift is selected.  It’ll top out to 155 miles per hour in no time.

The Alpina B7 takes the M760i’s power, and takes it to the next level.  While the Alpina B7 has a similar output of 600bhp and 590-lb.ft. of torque, it is done through a twin-turbo, 4.4-liter, 8-cylinder engine.  You may be thinking to yourself, “The Alpina has to be slower.  It has the smaller engine, and four less cylinders.”  Simply put, it isn’t.  It is the quicker of the two vehicles, with a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds with a preliminary estimated top speed of 193 miles per hour.  Peak torque is achieved at 3,000rpm, which allows for a more linear throttle response.  How was that achieved?  Larger inlet and outlet diameters out of the twin-scroll turbos add more power.  The packaging of the air-intake system, the intercooler, the turbocharger configuration and the cooling system lead to greater achieved output out of a smaller displacement engine.

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Both vehicles are the pinnacle of BMW’s luxury 7-series.  Through xDrive, power gets to the ground with ease.  Getting to point B can be done in absolute comfort, but also with ease and effortless speed.  The M760i and Alpina B7 demonstrate BMW’s ethos of being the “Ultimate Driving Machine.”  These two vehicles are just the latest interpretations of the Ultimate Driving Machine.  After all, they set the bar, and jump over that goal, time and time again.