2007 Alpina B7 – Wheels.ca

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2007 Alpina B7

If you remember the The Transporter, you may remember the opening car which featured a souped-up BMW 7 on a run through the south of France.

you remember the movie The Transporter . you may the opening car chase, which a souped-up BMW 7 Series on a run through the of France.

The transporter character was of a mysterious guy, always dangerous cargo around for men who paid him large quantities of

I forget most of the details; it that good a movie. stuck in my mind, though, was car and the way it roared and danced around the I thought about it a lot on my own transporting driving a souped-up and blinged-out 7 weekend.

Except that the cargo in case wasn#039;t in the car#039;s trunk. The cargo was the car: an B7 – $152,000 and 1,960 kg of BMW, and buffed by Alpina, a German shop that specializes in versions of BMWs. This B7 was one of 50 that will enter in the next year.

My destination was display at the Canadian Grand in Montreal; the deadline was, my early-morning start, an easy-to-achieve 5 in the afternoon, especially given its 500-hp output.

Or at least I Every time I stopped for gas the B7 was swarmed with enthusiasts, headed in the direction of the Grand They revelled in the numerous that elevate the Alpina being a mere fast, sedan into the realm of fantasy.

Take, for instance, the signature wheels, which are 21 inches in front and rear. With an staggered setup, they out the arches in a way even BMW#039;s optional setup can#039;t.

But only upon closer that you notice the absence of a stem along the edge of the it#039;s actually hidden in the of the wheel beneath a swing-away logo, for better balance and to high-speed aerodynamics.

With a top of more than 300 km/h if you the speed limiter, aerodynamics are a big deal in this car. The rear spoiler is functional, as is the front air dam, the sill and the thicker rear bumper.

Other cosmetic upgrades blacked-out trim, huge tailpipes (the exhausts on a 7 are hidden under the bumper), badging on the front bumper and the of an exclusive medium blue scheme. Sadly, the gold which used to be the tuner#039;s in the past, is no more – and doesn#039;t to be on the options list.

Inside, are more subtle. You can order colours not available on standard 7 sedans and the Alpina#039;s instrument is blue like the paint. The other noticeable difference is a three-spoke steering wheel out of a 5 Series.

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The wheel houses Alpina#039;s control system for the car#039;s automatic. Touch the switch on the spoke (it#039;s actually into the leather) for instant and the left for downshifts. Use the diamond to cycle through manual, and sport modes.

Regardless of mode you use, thrust the supercharged 4.4-litre V8 is immediate and While there#039;s very noise – all you hear is distant – hard acceleration feels you#039;re being launched the deck of an aircraft carrier, the 516 of torque being delivered to the wheels in one seamless rush.

The of the power delivery is very from BMW#039;s M products, favour high revs and of mechanical gnashing; the smoothness of the and the automatic#039;s seamless shifts fit the 7 more luxurious mission while still giving the of driving something highly

Thanks to those monster and BMW#039;s Dynamic Drive, the B7 like a much smaller car it is; the faster you go, the smaller it feels, around corners like a car without much of a penalty to the You sense a bit more of what#039;s on at the road, but it still smothers klicks like a regular 7.

on larger wheels, the B7 rides than the jittery Audi S8 and the supercharged engine is quieter and than the snarly, high-revving V8 fitted to the similarly-priced Mercedes S63

Where the Mercedes holds an thanks to its long wheelbase B7 comes as a short-wheelbase model is in overall comfort; the Alpina#039;s interior fittings can#039;t a cabin that#039;s quite a bit than the Benz in all dimensions.

Of course, buyers of the B7 will appreciate how it feels a bit more with all controls (including much-criticized iDrive) close at

They will also its exclusivity: with 50 units into the country, it#039;ll be a far common sight on the road the S63 (100 units expected to be in a year) and the special bits and out really give it a high-end hot rod that neither the Audi or can match.

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