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Spy shots: 2009 Alpina B7 based on the BMW 7-Series


The spy shots for the Alpina B7 show a modified front lip and a discrete rear spoiler

The spy shots for the Alpina B7 show a modified front lip and a discrete rear spoiler

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BMW specialist Alpina recently unveiled a teaser image for its upcoming B7 performance saloon, based on the recently launched 2009 BMW 7-Series, and now we have the first spy shots of the car, taken while it was testing in Germany. Trademark Alpina mods can be seen in the images, such as subtle aerodynamic modifications at the front thanks to a custom front lip, as well as a small spoiler at the back. As in the past, the new Alpina B7 should also see the standard BMW engines upgraded or replaced from their standard form.

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.
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  1. I saw a current B7 in ct this weekend, and i was shocked by it's presence, even though it was on 18in. winter tires and grey, it was just amazing being able to see one. I can't wait to see one of the new ones.
     
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  2. I sure hope they use the current wheels, such a wonderful design.
     
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  3. One thing we can be sure of is that itll be quick, a bloody rocketship.
     
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  4. Great car, but what a shame the new Seven is so ugly. The old one looked shocking at launch and improved over time (I'll gloss over the facelift which - while inept - was minor enough not to matter too much). The new one is the exact opposite - I loathe it more with each view. It's bad enough to make me question the integrity of the "Bangle revolution", as I believe it is called.
     
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