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News An "Alpina" BMW i7 Might the See Light of Day

An “Alpina” BMW i7 Might the See Light of Day

BMW Blog reports on the potential reintroduction of the Alpina B7 with the BMW 7 Series facelift after its discontinuation last year.


  • BMW set to assume control over Alpina by January 1, 2026.

  • The B7, once the world’s fastest sedan, was retired in line with the launch of the G70 generation BMW 7 Series.

  • BMW considers introducing a new Luxury Class post-2025, with Alpina overseeing development and distribution.


According to a recent article by BMW Blog, the Alpina B7, a super-sedan that was taken out of production a year ago, might make a comeback with the BMW 7 Series facelift. Alpina has a longstanding reputation for its modified BMW models, providing alternatives to BMW’s performance vehicles. These adaptations have been characterized by a mix of exclusivity and subtlety, which has resonated well in specific markets.

2022 BMW ALPINA B8 Gran Coupe | Photo: BMW

As highlighted in the BMW Blog report, an interesting development is the forthcoming shift in Alpina’s corporate alignment. BMW, the Munich-based automaker, intends to formally incorporate Alpina into its conglomerate by January 1, 2026. The exact position Alpina will occupy within BMW’s organizational structure remains to be clarified. Amidst this transition, what seems increasingly plausible is the revival of the B7 as Alpina’s premier sedan offering.

2022 BMW ALPINA B8 Gran Coupe | Photo: BMW

The B7’s cessation in production last September coincided with the initiation of the G70 generation BMW 7 Series. During this phase-out, Alpina had indicated the conclusion of the B7’s journey in their lineup. Contrary to this earlier stance, speculations backed by BMW Blog suggest the B7 might be reintroduced, aligning with the anticipated facelift of the new 7 Series. This reintroduction is expected around the time BMW formalizes its acquisition of Alpina.

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The last iteration of the Alpina B7 boasted a robust 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, delivering an impressive 600 horsepower. This engine featured enhancements such as new turbochargers, modified pistons, and an upgraded cooling mechanism, among others. This sedan was globally recognized for its unmatched speed, clocking in at 205 mph. Furthermore, the new electric-only iteration of the 7-Series, the i7, might also see an Alpina variant added to its lineup, which would represent Alpina’s first electric endeavor.

2024 BMW i7 | Photo: BMW

In terms of future strategies, post the mid-decade mark, BMW envisions introducing a novel Luxury Class of vehicles. Alpina is projected to manage its conceptualization, promotion, and delivery. Notably, these initial vehicles are anticipated to rely on conventional fuels, reflecting Alpina’s customer preference towards gasoline and diesel.

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