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2013 BMW 7-Series Alpina B7 xDrive

2013 BMW 7-Series Review

(0 Stars)  A heavy but agile luxo-cruiser.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
For 2013, all 7-series models save the V-12s get auto stop/start (in an effort to eke out a bit better mileage in the city), and the 740 and the 750 go from six-speed to eight-speed automatics. The ActiveHybrid 7, formerly our least favorite model, switches from a V-8 to a six-cylinder engine and chops its price, making it a somewhat more compelling proposition.
Overview
Luxury and agility meet in the BMW 7-series, a magic-carpet cruiser that also manages to be an extraordinarily capable performance car. Quibbles with the 7-series are few. Achieving a smooth takeoff from a stop can be difficult, owing to the 7’s electronic throttle mapping and the boost characteristics of its turbocharged engines. And operating the car’s many controls can be daunting, despite (or because of) the iDrive controller. What’s also daunting is choosing from the many iterations of BMW’s grandest sedan. There are five engines: a six, a six-cylinder hybrid, two V-8s, and a V-12. All but the hybrid can be had with all-wheel drive in addition to rear-wheel drive. There’s also the choice between the slightly more maneuverable standard-wheelbase car and the L version, whose 5.5-inch stretch makes for additional rear-seat legroom. To make it a bit easier, we’ll call out two of our favorites. The 740i (a relative bargain at $74,195) has a turbocharged in-line six that gets surprisingly good gas mileage yet can still whisk this car to 60 mph in as little as 5.8 seconds. Then there’s the Alpina B7, the sportiest model. It has a lower ride height, a firmer suspension, and 21-inch wheels. It’s amazingly fast and agile for such a big machine, but it’s incredibly comfortable as well. In that way, it’s the ultimate expression of the 7-series.

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2013 Alpina B7 xDrive Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 4.4L V 8 DOHC with Double-VANOS variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 16 MPG city, 24 MPG highway, 19 MPG combined and 401 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
21.1gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 500 hp @ 5,500 rpm; 516 ft lb of torque @ 3,000 rpm

'13 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive Reviews

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'13 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
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Rear Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Windows
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Rear Sunshade
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Steering Wheel Memory
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Auto Dimming Mirrors
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Auto Tilt Down Mirrors
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Heated Wiper/Washers
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HID Headlights
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Memory Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Front Ventilated Seats
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Heated Front Seats
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Heated Rear Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Suspension  
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Self-Leveling Suspension
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Sport Suspension
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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