- Aug 9, 2009
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I would take the Alpina B7 over the 760liAlpina B7 2019 review
Should I buy one?
To buy an Alpina B7 you need to temporarily suspend rational thought. It is a magnificent device – explosively quick, but on this evidence, superbly refined and with a synergy between chassis and powertrain that's rare among such cars. Unique, perhaps.
The interior trim, for which Alpina uses the same leather supplier as Rolls-Royce, is also of the very highest material quality, as you would expect from Alpina. There are no limits on the scope of customisation, either.
And yet though there will be a handful of German owners who might one day rely on their car to safely execute a dramatic lane-change at more than 180mph, for the rest of us the B7 is almost absurdly over-engineered. And, in truth, a ‘drivers’ limousine’ remains a contradiction in terms, no matter how good the dynamics are. Those who would use the B7 to anything like its potential are are thin on the ground.
In the end, a B5 BiTurbo is almost half the price, rides beautifully, gives you far more to think about and is usefully narrow. Some machine, though, the mighty B7 – those with the means and the desire could hardly want for more.
Alpina B7 specification
Where Salzburgring Price 154,800 euros On sale Now Engine V8, 4395cc, turbo, petrol Power 600bhp at 5500-6500rpm Torque 590lb ft at 2000-5000rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic Kerb weight 2175kg Top speed 206mph 0-62mph 3.6sec Fuel economy 23.7mpg CO2 269g/km Rivals Mercedes-AMG S63, BMW M760Li
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