The Next-Gen Alpina B7 is the Luxury Speed Freak of Your Dreams

I have this recurring dream. In it, I’ve made my mark. I’ve reached the top of my field. I’ve earned the awards and acclaim and been handed bags of cash. I’ve retired to a life of solitude in the German Alps. However, given my status, I’m frequently called upon to give lectures. As such, I often need to travel to and from my home to the airport. Here’s where I usually wake up since this is the boring part of the dream. But now, I believe German BMW tuner Alpina has come up with a solution for my premature consciousness: I give you the 205 mph BMW Alpina B7.  

The 2020 Alpina B7 is the latest generation in a long line of faster BMWs built by Alpina. With the tuner’s optimizations, this latest and greatest has become the fastest 7 Series ever constructed. Eschewing the top-spec twin-turbocharged V12 for the lower-spec 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8, Alpina works its magic and boosts the B7’s overall output to a stomach-churning 608 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. Further tuning lowers the luxury speed demon’s 0-62 mph to just 3.6 seconds and ups the top speed to the aforementioned 205 mph.

Straightline speed, however, isn’t the Alpina B7’s only trick. With the new dynamic suspension, the Alpina B7, in Alpina Sport + mode, will lower the car half an inch for better handling dynamics and a lower center of gravity. Furthermore, the entire BMW gets an entire visual makeover, including new front and rear fascias and a trick set of Alpina wheels. The Alpina B7 also gets two bespoke Alpina colors, one blue, the other green.

Underneath that new suit is a set of larger brake rotors, a re-tuned version of the BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system, and a variable stainless steel exhaust for a more punchy vocal range.

As for price, well, this is where reality goes back into the dream world for me and most others. Alpina plans to sell the B7 for a cool $142,695. That’s nearly $40,000 more than the car it’s based on. However, all of Alpina’s modifications amount to is a thoroughly revised automobile that’s more than capable in just about any circumstance.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be taking a nap and drifting off into my dream world.

For more on BMW, check out our review of the M850i xDrive.

Travel

The View of an American Road Trip from the Back of a Motorcycle

One day while heading to my favorite peak, an idea formed: "What if I could tour the Rocky Mountains of the West on the motorcycle of my dreams?"
Travel

The Best Road Trip Songs: Hit Play Then Hit the Gas

Ah, the open road! It beckons us to cast aside responsibility, embrace the unknown, jump in the car, and just go. Take this mixtape with you.
Living

A Review of the Floyd Sofa, a Minimalist’s Perfect Perch

The Manual received a sample of the Floyd Couch and we tested it by putting it together and binging Netflix for nearly two weeks.
Auto

The Recently Revealed McLaren GT is a Road Trip-Ready Supercar

This is the first-ever McLaren built exclusively for the road and not the racetrack.
Travel

Road Trip! DriveShare is the Airbnb of Vintage, Exotic, and Collectible Cars

DriveShare’s goal is simple: connect owners of the world’s most sought-after cars with prospective non-owners who would very much like to drive said cars.
Auto

The HoverSurf Hoverbike Is a Real-Life, Star Wars-Esque Speeder Bike

If you've ever wanted to fly around your local park terrorizing neighborhood soccer moms, your time has come thanks to the Hoversurf Hoverbike.
Auto

Take Shelter Wherever You Roam With Rhino Rack’s Batwing Awning

Hiding in your tent every time you want a reprieve from the sun, wind, or rain while camping can get old quick, which is why retractable awnings have become popular.
Travel

This Camper Wants to Be Whatever Type of Travel Trailer You Need It to Be

SylvanSport's Vast is possibly the most versatile and configurable travel trailer ever.
Travel

Futuristic Polydrop Travel Trailer Looks Straight Out of Blade Runner

The haphazard angular design is sure to polarize even the most future-forward road-tripper.
Auto

5 of the Coolest Boats, Yachts, and Subs

If you've ever dreamed of exploring the deep blue sea, why not add a super luxurious yacht or personal sub to that daydream?
Auto

This Luxury Yacht Comes With an Amphibious Car, Hovercraft, and Jet Ski

Bored of sunbathing? Try the 14 water toys included on this superyacht.
Auto

Ride Out the Apocalypse with the Ariel Nomad Tactical Buggy

With hypercar acceleration and a rally-inspired suspension, the Nomad Tactical can take you anywhere — fast.
Auto

The Trek Aerospace FK2 Is the Flying Go-Kart You Didn’t Know You Wanted

With the ability to take off vertically from a dead stop, it's like an ejector seat for daily life.
Auto

How to Live Comfortably Out of Your Car for a Few Weeks

Here’s everything you’ll need to stay safe, sane, and happy when you choose to live out of your car.