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Old 06-15-2012, 08:36 AM
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Post Feast Your Eyes on the 2013 BMW ALPINA B7 Super-High Performance Luxury Sedan

2013 Alpina B7 7 Series

Specific enhancements to all four variants of the B7 include:
  • 40 more horsepower (now rated 540) and 22 lb-ft more torque (up to 538 from 516 lb-ft) thanks to the addition of Valvetronic and an enhanced cooling system. Top speed is now a fierce 194mph (drag-limited, 193mph with xDrive). 0-60mph acceleration drops into the low-mid 4-second range for all variants (4.3-4.4 seconds).
  • New ALPINA 8-speed sport automatic gearbox (known as “Switchtronic” thanks to its classic gearshift buttons mounted behind the hand-finished ALPINA steering wheel).
  • New frontal aerodynamic treatment including updated ducting for coolers.
  • Ceramic secondary controls are now standard.
  • Updated Xenon Adaptive headlights with revised eyebrow lighting.
  • LED front fog lights.
  • Updated tail lights.
  • Automatic Start-Stop.
  • Active Protection.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – June 14, 2012…. Today, BMW announced updates to the second generation of the successful BMW ALPINA B7 super-high performance luxury sedan with more performance, fresh design features, and improved efficiency. The new B7 is slated for a North American debut at the historic Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August and will go on-sale immediately thereafter. Pricing will be $127,600 (B7 Standard Wheelbase), $130,600 (B7 SWB with xDrive), $131,500 (B7 Long Wheelbase), and $134,500 (B7 LWB with xDrive).

The new BMW ALPINA B7 has been enhanced in-line with updates to the 2013 BMW 7 Series Sedans including more power, more performance, and more efficiency. The new B7 features 40 additional horsepower (now rated 540 hp) and 22 lb-ft more torque (up to 538 from 516 lb-ft) thanks to the addition of BMW’s Valvetronic throttle-less intake technology and a new ALPINA 8- speed high performance transmission. Top speed is now a fierce 194 mph (drag-limited, 193 mph with xDrive), up from the previous 175 mph. Acceleration drops into the low-mid-4-second range for all variants (4.3-4.4 seconds). The BMW ALPINA B7 Sedan remains the benchmark in terms of luxurious performance, chassis technology, and hand-finished exclusivity.

Each variant of the updated BMW ALPINA B7 (including Standard Wheelbase, Long Wheelbase, sDrive, and xDrive) will arrive with over 30 new parts which enhance the design and frontal aerodynamics to more effectively channel the cooling air required to manage the increased power output. New BMW kidney grilles, updated Xenon Adaptive headlights, LED front fog lights, and updated tail lights are also included. Other now-standard features will include ceramic secondary controls, engine Automatic Start-Stop, and the Active protection system. Optionally, the B7 Sedan will offer Full LED Headlights, Bang & Olufsen Surround Sound System, new exterior colors and interior upholstery choices in-line with the 7 Series update. Renewed BMW individual color and trim offerings complete the package. The appearance remains unmistakable on signature 21” ALPINA Classic 20-spoke wheels and stunning ALPINA Blue Metallic paint.

The BMW ALPINA B7 is available as a special order vehicle with capacity-limited production underscoring its exclusivity. The B7’s body is manufactured in the BMW 7 Series factory (Plant Dingolfing) and hand-finished with the remaining ALPINA components at the ALPINA factory in Buchloe, Germany. This production sequence increases the production schedule by approximately two weeks. European Delivery at the BMW Welt delivery center is available for the BMW ALPINA B7.
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Because it doesn't fit into the character of the car. And it's probably expensive to run through all the tests and certifications for its application in the 7 series.
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Anybody know if you can get ED discount with this vehicle. I read somewhere that the B7 lease rates are the same as the standard 7 series lease programs from BMW Financial Services - can anyone confirm this?
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:18 AM
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:22 AM
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I'm probably one of the very few but I was never a fan of Alpina design, and this is still the case with the new ones as well.
In my opinion, the frong is just plain ugly.
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:34 AM
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Anybody know if you can get ED discount with this vehicle. I read somewhere that the B7 lease rates are the same as the standard 7 series lease programs from BMW Financial Services - can anyone confirm this?
ED is available and lease rates for the 2012 models were the same as the standard 7 for the first half of this year. I haven't seen the 2013 rates yet.

Historically the Alpinas leased at the same money factor, but with a residual which was about 10% lower than the regular 7. This made the car all but unleaseable. For some reason BMWFS changed the residuals to match the regular 7, but I don't know if they'll continue this practice.

The lease deal was the reason that I ordered a 2012 and after the 4 month wait I'm happy I stuck with the 2012. The 2013 got about $4500 more expensive (in the configuration I chose) and I'm betting that the rates aren't as amazingly good on the 2013.

I've been through close to 25 BMWs and this is one of the best by far. It's an absolute blast to drive and extremely comfortable.
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Old 06-16-2012, 05:49 PM
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What are they doing? More chrome strips. Nobody is interested in more glued on pieces, front or back. I'm sure it's a wonderful car...
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Did anyone notice there is no TFT instrument cluster?? Maybe it is true that it's not coming till later next year.....
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Did anyone notice there is no TFT instrument cluster?? Maybe it is true that it's not coming till later next year.....
It is 100% true that the TFT instrument panel is not coming on the MY 2013 7 series LCI cars that start production in July.

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Ughh... Not a fan of this thing. It just doesn't evoke the exclusivity appearance they're shooting for IMHO.
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Glad you are happy with the car and that is all that matters. You posted so here goes….

My thoughts are that you can get the same car with the Dinan and save 30k. I don't see 30k difference.
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So many negative comments. Probably just a reaction to all the gushing. Seems to be an excellent car for those who are into that level of machinery (and cost).
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So many negative comments. Probably just a reaction to all the gushing. Seems to be an excellent car for those who are into that level of machinery (and cost).
So what level of machinery are you into?
It's a rhetoric question, no need to answer. Your general troll comments like http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...t=#post6905204 and many others speak for themselves.

I think a lot of people here can afford having that car, especially with leasing offers. Point is, some of us don't like the design or the general value positioning, there is nothing wrong with it, opinions differ.
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Glad you are happy with the car and that is all that matters. You posted so here goes….....

My thoughts are that you can get the same car with the Dinan and save 30k. I don't see 30k difference.
I feel that Dinan is more of a tuner car, whereas Alpina is more of a developed package. So Dinan has a lot of great individual "parts". But Alpina developed the package as a whole, and is more consistent. To others, they may point to the Alpina racing heritage, or the fact that it is more a factory built package. And finally, there may be the value recognition of the Alpina package - your neighbor can easily look up how much you paid for your B7, but how could they value your Dinan? A lot of these cars (and other things like big houses, expensive watches etc.) is to demonstrate achievement and success - who needs a 194 mph car in a country with 80 mph speed limits?

In the end, it probably makes more sense to develop cars from different parts, from different suppliers for individual needs. But how many folks have that time, expense and expertise - or would even want to?
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So what level of machinery are you into?
It's a rhetoric question, no need to answer. Your general troll comments like http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...t=#post6905204 and many others speak for themselves.

I think a lot of people here can afford having that car, especially with leasing offers. Point is, some of us don't like the design or the general value positioning, there is nothing wrong with it, opinions differ.
It may be rhetorical, but I feel the need to respond. I am into whatever level I can afford, and I feel that BMW offers valid and quality choices at many levels. If people don't like the design that's fine with me, as long as they don't assert that no one else has the right to appreciate that design. Too often on this forum opinions are put forth as facts.
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