BMW of North America revealed the brand new 2017 BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive, the third generation of ALPINA vehicles based upon the BMW 7 Series provided in the United States.
The B7 Gets A New Heart
The 2017 B7 is powered by a new 4.4 liter eight-cylinder engine with twin-turbo charging, gasoline direct injection and Valvetronic provides an impressive output of 600 horsepower between 5750 rpm and 6250 rpm, while the optimum torque of 590 lb-ft is offered from 3000 rpm. The resulting performance figures are exceptional– the all-new BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive accelerates in simply 3.6 seconds from 0 to 60 miles per hour, 0.8 seconds faster than its predecessor while reaching a top speed of approximately 193 mph (initial figure).
A variety of significant technical information are accountable for this engine’s power output and performance characteristics– especially the air intake system, the intercooler and turbocharger configuration and the high-performance cooling system. The twin-turbo charging system makes up 2 specially established turbochargers positioned in the V of the 8-cylinder engine. These feature twin-scroll turbochargers with bigger inlet and outlet sizes. This configuration ensures optimum use of exhaust gas energy even at low engine speeds. The result is a fast power accumulation and more torque at low engine speeds for general exceptional engine response. At 2000 rpm the ALPINA’s V8 twin-turbo engine already produces 494 lb-ft of torque guaranteeing optimum efficiency.
All elements of the high-performance cooling system are developed to eliminate traffic jams and maximize efficiency– special large-volume coolers are interconnected by huge size hosing for optimum throughput. An indirect intercooler system (air to water) facilitates the implementation of short charge-air consumption courses. Integrated with additional external water coolers and a transmission oil cooler, the system ensures the thermodynamic stability of the V8 twin-turbo engine at all times, even under the greatest loads and ambient air temperatures.
Inside the engine unique Mahle pistons and NGK trigger plugs are created to handle the temperature levels and loads associated with 20 psi of boost pressure and a compression ratio of 10.0:1.
The BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive uses a brand-new generation of the exceptional 8-Speed Sport Automatic Transmission with ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC. Further fine-tuned and adjusted to the efficiency qualities of the high-torque V8 twin-turbo in collaboration with ZF, the transmission offers extraordinary driving comfort in all situations.Close gear ratios and an overall spread of 7.81:1 enhance shift comfort and efficiency. In Automatic Mode the mix of eight gears and high engine torque makes for unwinded, luxurious cruising at low engine rpm even when taking a trip at higher speeds.
In Sport Mode the shift points have actually been enhanced for improved driving efficiency and are substantially more dynamic with the alternative to activate the Launch Control function. For optimum dynamic efficiency, the driver picks the Manual Mode thus actuating gear modifications by hand using the SWITCH-TRONIC buttons on the back of the steering wheel or via the gear selector activate the center console. In addition to lightning quick gear shifts (approximately a tenth of a 2nd), this mode also holds the selected gear even when the engine hits the rev limiter.
All parts of the transmission such as the torque converter with lock-up clutch, the planetary wheel sets and the inner cooling are developed to particularly deal with the high torque output of the V8 twin-turbo engine. This indicates that no torque decrease is necessary throughout upshifts when selecting the Launch Control or when using the sportiest setup of the Manual Mode. This contributes substantially to the striking longitudinal dynamics of the all-new BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive and permitting it to run from 0– 60 mph in simply 3.6 seconds. The transmission features the latest Comfort and Reliable Characteristics functions such as ConnectedShift (use of navigation information for an anticipatory shift method based upon traffic routing) and Coasting (decoupling of the engine and transmission when coasting).
The stainless steel ALPINA sports exhaust system is responsible for a decrease in back pressure and weight. Active exhaust valves permit the limo driver to influence the sound experience by changing the Driving Dynamic Control switch in between Comfort and Sport Mode.
The 2-axle air suspension system integrated with Dynamic Damper Control and Active Convenience Drive with Roadway Preview ensures the really greatest level of driving convenience at all times while the Active Roll Stabilization reduces body roll throughout cornering. The rear wheel steering of the Essential Active Steering system provides the brand new BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive a level of vibrant efficiency and light-footed handling, normally connected with cars. The Driving Dynamics Control switch serves as the main control over which to choose the various specifications of all the systems that influence the driving characteristics of the brand new BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive. It also includes a Specific Mode, which can be used to integrate particular levels separately and in accordance to the driver’s choice.
With the Driving Characteristics Control used to select the suitable mode, the 2-axle air suspension system is primarily accountable for the exceptional level of ride comfort. It likewise makes it possible for ride height to be altered up or down which in combination with the other suspension systems facilitates the choice of a distinctly convenience or sport orientated chassis set-up. Overall, a maximum trip height adjustment variety of 1.6 inches is readily available. At speeds above 140 miles per hour the ride height of the BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive is decreased by 0.8 inches. This operating state, which can be triggered by hand to be efficient despite the speed by choosing the special ALPINA Sport+ Mode, leads to a lower center of mass thus increasing dexterity and high-speed stability. The lower trip height leads to enhanced front wheel camber for even more direct turn-in when cornering. When needed, the trip height can also be raised by 0.8 inches as much as a speed of 20 mph in order to enhance ground clearance.
The levels of the Electronic Damper Control, which influences both rebound and compression, are likewise picked utilizing the Driving Characteristics Control. A broad variety of ALPINA damper set-ups are offered ranging from Convenience+ Mode for easy and unwinded travelling to ALPINA Sport+ Mode for maximum dynamic performance.
For the very first time, the brand new BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive features Important Active Steering, which in conjunction with the high-performance drivetrain and the four-wheel drive system, provides a vibrant driving experience par excellence. The Essential Active Steering integrates a variable ratio electrical steering system at the front axle with active guiding on the rear axle whereby the wheels can turn a maximum of 3 degrees. Specifically attuned to the ALPINA suspension and MICHELIN ® performance tires, the rear axle guides opposed to the front axle at low speeds for enhanced dexterity and vibrant handling, while steering with the front axle at higher speeds for optimum high-speed directional stability.
The brand new BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive is fitted with MICHELIN ® Pilot Super Sport tires measuring 255/40 ZR20 at the front and 295/35 ZR20 at the rear, installed on 8.5 x 20 and 10 x 20 ALPINA CLASSIC wheels. New light-weight 21 inch created wheels take the traditional 20-spoke ALPINA CLASSIC design into a brand-new minimalistic and technical direction. Creating results in high-density and high-strength aluminum alloy which enables a weight-optimized construction that conserves 5.5 pound of unsprung mass per wheel.
The MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport tires are specifically designed to satisfy the demands of high- efficiency cars. They contribute straight to the accurate steering feel and handling of the new BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive while foregoing run-flat technology in the interests of improved trip convenience.
Consisting of blue painted 4-piston repaired calipers and 15.5 in x 1.41 in discs on the front axle and drifting calipers with 14.5 x 0.94 in discs on the rear axle, the high-performance brake system provides impressive stopping power and deceleration.
ALPINA Particular Design
The ALPINA design and aerodynamic elements emphasize its performance character, with the front and rear spoiler been upgraded compared to the regular 7 Series. The 20 inch ALPINA CLASSIC wheels with twenty spokes and concealed air valves are also specific to the BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive. In the interests of weight decrease and a striking technical look, the optional 21 inch ALPINA CLASSIC forged wheels with visible wheel bolts do not include hidden air valves and wheel caps.
The ALPINA sports exhaust system includes 2 elliptical twin tailpipesThe exclusive paint surfaces in ALPINA Blue metallic and ALPINA Green metallic are a trademark feature reserved exclusively for BMW ALPINA vehicles. Other BMW and BMW Person paint finishes are likewise available for the 2017 BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive.
A comprehensive variety of standard devices makes sure optimum wellness and convenience, consisting of high-end Nappa leather, convenience seats, a leather-covered control panel, ceramic inserts on chosen control components and soft close doors.
ALPINA information include exclusivity and specific style to the interior. Hand-finished utilizing remarkably high-quality LAVALINA leather, the sports guiding wheel with blue and green stitching is mesmerizing at the primary touch due to its gentle feel. Ageless Piano lacquer or traditional Myrtle Luxury Wood – – the ALPINA interior trim, door sills with blue lighting, ALPINA B7 design inscriptions and an individual production plaque are additional examples of special devices features in the new BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive.
Another special ALPINA design is the full-color digital control panel in LED technology. In Convenience Mode it provides a timeless look featuring round instruments with blue background and red needles. In Sport Mode the display screen changes to a more dynamic design with blue and green drag indicators and a concentrate on main details, such as the centrally positioned permanent digital speed read-out.
The 2017 BMW ALPINA B7 will be readily available in September 2016 at chosen car dealerships. Price will be announced closer to market launch.