2010 bmw alpina b7 7 series spy shots 001
The spy shots for the Alpina B7 show a modified front lip and a discrete rear spoilerEnlarge Photo
BMW first released details on the new 2009 7-Series back in September, revealing that the range topping 750i would be getting a 400hp (298kW) 4.4L twin-turbo V8 engine with 450lbs-ft (610Nm) of torque. The current 2008 Alpina B7 has a 500hp (373kW) supercharged V8 engine, so expect significant upgrades to the new 4.4L V8 in the new 2009 B7. The only transmission available in the standard 750i is a six-speed automatic, however, BMW is expected to add a new eight-speed unit further down the track which Alpina may also end up using.
The spy shots also reveal the tuner’s often-used Superleggera-style alloy wheels, which will probably see production. The current Alpina B7 rides on 21in wheels and also gets larger brakes and chassis tuning, so handling and braking upgrades should also come as part of the package.
For the privilege of owning the Alpina B7, customers will have to pay a hefty premium over the 7-Series' standard price - last year’s Alpina B7 started at $115,775 for the basic model. The latest model is expected to make its world debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show.