2020 Alpina B7 oozes class even with the gargantuan grille

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2020 Alpina B7

$141,700 will buy you a 600-bhp fullsize luxury saloon that'll do 205 mph.

BMW unveiled the 7 Series Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) nearly a month ago, but if you still can’t warm up to its oversized grille, allow Alpina to make the pair of kidneys look (at least) tolerable on its facelifted B7. The word “classy” doesn’t even begin to describe the fullsize luxury saloon pampered by the talented folks from Buchloe, even if the car in question is based on a model that has generated mixed reactions.

Underneath that long and imposing bonnet is the same twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 engine producing 600 bhp and a mountain-moving 590 pound-feet of torque. It’s enough power to propel the 2,202 kg B7 to 60 mph in only three and a half seconds before maxing out at 205 mph. It's a tenth of a second quicker in the sprint compared to the old one while unlocking an extra 12 mph in terms of top speed.

Here’s a fun fact – fitted with all-season tyres, Alpina’s take on the BMW 750i can only do 130 mph. Also worth mentioning the car automatically lowers itself by 1.5 centimetres at speeds above 140 mph to lower the centre of gravity and consequently boost handling. For increasing ground clearance to avoid undercarriage damages, the air suspension can lift the car by up to 2 cm.

The M7 substitute as considered by some aficionados, the B7 rides standard on those timeless 20-inch Alpina Classic wheels, but you can spend more and get a larger 21-inch set made from high-density, high-strength aluminium to shave more than 20 percent of weight compared to a conventional wheel of the same size. Stopping the car efficiently is an updated braking system with brake-by-wire tech and larger discs at the rear axle.

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Alpina has also made some tweaks to boost comfort inside the cabin where rear passengers will be hearing less tyre noise than before thanks to new shielding in the rear wheel arches. To make the interior even quieter, the B-pillar section also benefits from extra insulation, as do the rear seat backrests and even the seatbelt outlet covers. 0.2-inch thicker than before, the laminated glass of the windscreen is now also used for the side and rear windows.

The 2020 Alpina B7 is expected to go on sale in Europe during the third quarter of this year. No pricing details have been released yet for UK market.