What’s an Alpina B7 then?

As close as you can get to a BMW M7, a tuned and honed 7-Series from the meisters of understated supersaloons, Alpina.

What do I need to know?

That the B7 has a lot of power. The 4.4-litre, twin-turbo V8 has received upgraded intakes, turbos, pistons, cooling and a new sports exhaust that combines to unleash 592bhp and 590lb/ft of torque. The Large Hadron Collider runs on less.

As those figures suggest, the B7 has a pretty startling turn of speed. Alpina quotes a 0-62mph time of just 3.6secs – a full second quicker than the old car – and a “preliminary” top speed of 193mph. We wouldn’t be surprised if it can barge past 200mph.

An eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox with Alpina’s own software sends the power to xDRIVE four-wheel-drive (UK versions will probably be rear-drive).

To contain the huge forces involved – the B7 is a big car – the air suspension has been uprated with active dampers, roll stabilisation and adjustable ride height – it drops 20mm at speeds over 140mph. Plus there’s active steering, rear-wheel steering, 20in wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres and vast brakes.

The body carries subtle but comprehensive tweaks – new bumpers, side skirts and spoiler – while the interior can be decked out to levels of lavishness a mere BMW buyers could only dream of.

Anything else?

Alpina has been tuning BMWs for road and track since the 1960s, predated the Bavarian marque’s own BMW Motorsport division by a decade. Though they are separate companies, BMW and Alpina work in close collaboration and Alpina’s road cars are largely built on the BMW production lines.

When can I buy one?

The Alpina B7 debuts at the Geneva Motor Show next month and will likely go on sale towards the end of this year.

How much will it cost?

Unconfirmed, but we wouldn’t expect much change from £150,000.

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By Only Motors