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10-18-2007, 09:34 AM

The Exclusive Ultra-Performance Luxury Sedan

Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey - BMW and ALPINA have long had a history of working together to produce special BMW automobiles. Burkard Bovensiepen, son of the founder of ALPINA Business Machines and an enthusastic racing driver/engineer, began his automotive career path in 1961 by developing a dual-carburetor setup for the just-introduced BMW 1500 sedan. It was a predictive beginning: to take an already fine-performing BMW (which also just happened to be a practical sedan) and making it perform even better.

By 1964, BMW had officially recognized ALPINA***8217;s contribution to BMW performance and offered warranty coverage on ALPINA-equipped BMW vehicles. Not long thereafter, Burkard Bovensiepen founded the ALPINA company ***8211; ALPINA Burkard Bovensiepen KG ***8211; that continues today, creating special versions of BMW automobiles that offer a particular brand of performance for discriminating auto enthusiasts. Yet outside the circle of dedicated BMW enthusiasts, ALPINA has kept a low profile in North America. In addition to racing versions of BMW, ALPINA has developed a progression of BMW-based cars based on 3, 5, 6, 8, Z4 and Z8 models and offered them on a limited-production basis. Up to now, the only BMW ALPINA model offered by BMW of North America has been the 2003 ALPINA ROADSTER V8, a special interpretation of the Z8 Roadster of which 450 examples were delivered to U.S. customers.

The latest manifestation of the unique BMW-ALPINA synergy is the B7, based on the BMW 7 Series luxury sedan. Currently, BMW offers ultra-performance models of its 3, 5, 6 and Z4 Series developed by BMW M, BMW***8217;s own performance subsidiary. BMW M***8217;s automobiles have specific performance character, typified by high-revving engines and manual or sequential-manual (SMG) transmissions. For an ultra-performance version of the 7 Series ***8211; a platform that is defined by lavish luxury and generous interior space and offered only with an automatic transmission ***8211; something other than ***8220;M***8221; performance character was called for.

In recent models, ALPINA has concentrated on delivering very high levels of performance with moderate rpm ranges and automatic transmission. Most appropriately, the new BMW ALPINA B7 applies this philosophy to the 7 Series to produce a luxury sedan of stunning performance. ***8220;A 7 Series Beyond,***8221; one might say.

Please download each document for a full review:
1) <a href="" >2008 ALPINA B7 Highlights</a>
2) <a href="" >2008 ALPINA B7 Options/Features</a>
3) <a href="" >2008 ALPINA B7 Technical Specifications</a>
4) <a href="" >2008 ALPINA B7 Pricing</a>
5) <a href="" >2008 ALPINA B7 Heritage</a>
6) <a href="" >2008 ALPINA B7 Description</a> ( ( ( ( (

11-25-2007, 04:31 PM
As exclusive as it might be, I've seen more B7s here in Dubai that regular 7 series.

Then again, it Dubai.