BMW has constantly neglected the 7-series when it comes to an M performance treatment. Because of this, Mercedes-AMG had always taken the most from the situation, dominating the high-performance huge-sedan segment with its luxurious beasts.
Even when BMW falls in this apparent mistake, there are other players more capable and ready to do what it takes. In the case of the Bavarian carmaker, there is Alpine, the well-known German tuner, responsible for some of the most outstanding vehicles with BMW’s hearts.
What is most interesting about the 2016 Alpina B7 Turbo L Allrad is that it looks comfortable, polite, and diplomatic, but within its guts, there is a lot of power waiting to be unleashed.
Specs, Technical Details, and Performance
The 2016 B7 Turbo L Allrad is a monster when it comes to the machinery onboard. A buyer can spec a surprising level of power, even when the appearance of the four-door sedan tells us something else.
This astonishing Alpina packs a tuned BMW N63B44 twin-turbocharged double-VANOS DOHC 4.4-litre V8 with direct fuel injection. This powerplant is no joke, developing up to 600 horsepower and 590 ft-lb of maximum torque.
Along with this twin-turbo V8, the 2016 B7 Turbo L Allrad sports a ZF 8HP75 8-speed automatic gearbox with Switch-Tronic manual shifting mode. With this setup, this Alpina luxury sedan can go from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 197 mph (317 km/h). The highest speed can be reached in less than a minute, in 55 seconds approximately.
The 4486 lb (2035 kg) of curb weight that the 2016 B7 Turbo L Allrad has onboard doesn’t represent an issue for this sedan beat a ¼ mile drag race in 11.6 seconds.
The xDrive technology is present in the 2016 B7 Turbo L Allrad, providing the best four-wheel drive experience in a smart, insightful way. This system goes 40/60 in normal conditions on the road, going up to 20/80 continuous torque distribution depending on the situation.
Regarding braking, this huge luxury sedan has vent disc on both front and rear axles. The rubber pieces, on the other hand, are 255/40 ZR 20 on the front and 295/35 ZR 20 on the rear.
Alpina did not only added a lot of power to the 7-series formula both also tried to raise the bar when it comes to luxury. This beautiful sedan has the right amount of chrome detailing. This detailing is present on the side skirts and framing both side windows.
When looking it from the back, we can see that it’s clearly a BMW but Alpina added its branding along with two twin pipes, one on each extreme of the lower bumper.
From the inside, we can’t tell if all the beauty and luxury is an artwork made by BMW or Alpina. Never mind, because it’s a spectacle for our eyes. The luxury leather is everywhere and the glossy-black detail is on those surfaces that we supposed to have our hands on from time to time.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 Alpina B7 Turbo L Allrad is a piece of luxurious art that can compete (and beat) any high-end AMG on the road. This magnificent sedan is stunning at first sight and raging when it comes to power and speed.
There is no official information about its price but we can be sure that it’s going beyond the six figures.