Alpina has released this week the first pictures and information on the B7 xDrive, supposedly the strongest 7-Series that there is. For a few days. BMW has just presented the M760i xDrive, a 7-Series with a mighty 6.6 V12 TwinPower engine that is able to deliver 441 kW at 5,500 rpm, a little less than Alpina has extracted from the 4.4 V8 TwinPower engine. Unless Alpina is thinking of resuscitating the B12, it must be pretty pissed off!
The new M7, or else, the M760i xDrive, also has 800 Nm at 1,500 rpm. This glorious V12 can take the 7-Series to a top speed of 250 km/h, way less than the 330 km/h of the new Alpina B7 xDrive. This is due to the gentlemen’s agreement that most German automakers have established, probably in order not to feed an insane competition to see the one that is able to make its cars go faster than the others. 0 to 100 km/h acceleration takes 3.9 s, 0,2 more than the B7.
Apart from the engine, which comes with an M sport exhaust system, the new M760i xDrive also features Integral Active Steering, which replaces the planetary gears steering box with a variable steering rack ratio and rear wheel turning as well. There was no need to change the suspension, which already features the Active Comfort Drive with Preview system. It is an active suspension that uses two-axle air suspension and Dynamic Damper Control. In other words, it can be smooth as a water mattress when driving calmly and a corner demon when driving fast.
The strange part about the car is that it will only be sold in the beginning of 2017… Why announce it so early? In order not to allow the B7 xDrive to have all the spotlights? We will try to figure this one out until the car is put for sale.