While customization of a previously purchased vehicle is not available to customers in the United States (whereas it can be done in Europe), normal BMW special-order options, such as EU delivery, are still available.
The Alpina Difference
To build the B7, Alpina starts with a well-equipped BMW 750i or 750Li, then overhauls the powertrain, suspension and aesthetics to create a customized, high-performance package for the buyer who wants a little more ultimate in his or her driving machine.
The B7 is available in short- and long-wheelbase configurations and in both rear- and all-wheel-drive layouts. All models come with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. No manual is available.
Under the hood, the 750's 4.4L, twin-turbocharged V8 has been juiced up to produce 540 horsepower and 538lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy differs by drivetrain layout and wheelbase, but all models get at least 16 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway, per the EPA.
The modifications don't end with the driveline. The B7 features performance-oriented upgrades to BMW's already-versatile adaptive suspension. It sits slightly lower on shortened springs, but does not give up much in the way of ride comfort. Unique 21" wheels and upgraded tires round out the package.
The B7 is also fitted with a unique aerodynamic kit to improve stability all the way to its top speed of 194 miles per hour (drag-limited). BMW and Alpina claim the B7 will hit 60 miles per hour in 4.3-4.4 seconds depending on the model and powertrain.
Standard and Optional Features
Being a 7-Series at its core, the B7 comes extremely well-equipped. Standard equipment includes leather seats with a massaging function, real wood accents, 16-speaker audio system, electronic limited-slip differential, LED headlights, 20-way power-adjustable front seats, four-zone climate control, WiFi connectivity, wireless charging, panoramic sunroof, soft-close automatic door operation, gesture control, smart cruise control, two-axle air suspension, a heads-up display, and navigation.
The drive mode upgrades, wheels and suspension tuning which would normally also differentiate the 750 line from lesser 7-Series offerings are all replaced by Alpina-specific equipment.
To this, the Alpina B7 package adds Alpina Blue illuminated door sills, a unique steering wheel, an Alpina-branded LCD screen, Myrtle Burl wood trim or optional Alpina Piano Lacquer pieces with a silver rhombus pattern.
The B7 can also be ordered with most features and options available on the normal 750. See our overview of BMW's large sedan for more information.
Like the 7-Series on which it is based, every B7 model is equipped with dual front, side and side curtain airbags along with traction and stability control systems and a crash sensor that disconnects the alternator, fuel pump and starter from battery, automatically unlocks doors and turns on hazard and interior lights in the event of a collision. BMW's Assist eCall automatic informs emergency responders in the event of a crash.
Advanced features like Blind Spot Detection, Frontal Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Daytime Pedestrian Protection are available for an additional cost.
The BMW 7-Series typically squares off with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8 and Jaguar XJ. The Alpina B7 skews closer to the Audi S8s and Mercedes-AMG S63/S65s of the world.