Taking the stand in New York, the 2011 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive endows the automaker's "most dynamic 7 Series model" with even greater all-weather capabilities. Like the baseline Alpina B7 which debuted recently in Chicago, this all-wheel-drive version will be offered in both standard and long-wheelbase configurations.
In addition to bespoke Alpina bodywork bits and interior trim detailing, these two new flagship sedans will also share the Alpina-spec 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged directed-injected V8 that makes 500 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque as well as Alpina-enhanced suspension and dynamic control systems tweaking. Completing the mix is a six-speed automatic transmission with Alpina Switch-Tronic Control activated by steering-wheel shifter buttons.
While the "intelligent" xDrive package will ensure that these two new additions possess cornering capabilities and slick-surface skills that one-up the standard Alpina B7 duo, BMW offered no word on how the addition of all-wheel drive will impact their straight-line performance. However, we suspect 0-60 mph times will remain in the projected sub-five-second range. Pricing is another question mark. While BMW confirmed that the rear-drive 2011 BMW Alpina B7s that go on sale later this spring will start at $122,875 for the standard-wheelbase model and $126,775 for the LWB variant, the numbers for these xDrive models won't be released until closer to their arrival at BMW dealers in the fall. On a regular 7 Series, opting for xDrive currently adds $3,300 to the base sticker.