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BMW Alpina B7 500-HP Makes U.S. Debut

CHICAGO — BMW rolled out its 500-horsepower Alpina B7 at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show on Wednesday, noting that only 200 units of the high-performance 7 Series are bound for the U.S. this year, at a starting price of $115,695.

BMW Alpina B7 500-HPThe high-performance 7 Series model is a collaboration between the Bavarian automaker and German performance tuner Alpina. The Alpina B7 gets a modified version of BMW's 4.4-liter V8 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted controls. Engine output is 500 hp at 5,500 rpm with a maximum torque of 516 pound-feet at 4,250 rpm. The Alpina B7 sprints from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.

Alpina custom touches include 21-inch wheels with Z-rated performance tires, a sport-tuned suspension with active roll stabilization and a B7 aero kit with a rear spoiler.

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