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    7 SERIES MADNESS / #BMW-G11 / #BMW-G12 / #BMW-7-Series / #BMW / #BMW-M760Li-xDrive / #BMW-M760Li-xDrive-G12 / #V12 / #Apina-B7-G12 / #Apina-B7 / #Alpina / #BMW / #Alpina-G12 /

    Alpina and BMW have lost the plot and produced arguably two of the most mental cars we’ve ever seen from either company – and they’re both 7 Series. From BMW comes the M760Li xDrive, which is one hell of a mouthful, but it’s also one hell of a car… Under the bonnet sits the new #M-Performance #TwinPower Turbo #twin-turbo-V12 engine, now weighing in at 6.6 litres and making a monstrous 600hp backed up by 590lb ft of torque and, with the #4WD #xDrive system on board, that means 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds and a limited top speed of 155mph. BMW says the xDrive system has been given a rear bias and the suspension has been tuned specifically for this car and while it’s not an M7, it is an M Performance model like the M135i and so enjoys unique styling elements to distinguish it from lesser models. It’ll be launched at the end of the year and while pricing hasn’t been announced, we’re guessing it’s going to be too much for the likes of us…

    Alpina, meanwhile, has taken a different route for its all-wheel drive B7, utilising its fettled version of the #N63 4.4-litre twin-turbo #V8 with the wick well and truly turned up, meaning the cylinder shortfall and capacity deficit is no handicap, the B7 outdoing the #M760Li on power, with 608hp, and matching it for torque. It’s quicker too – the 0-62mph sprint takes an unbelievable 3.7 seconds and the aerodynamically-restricted top speed is 192mph. A two-wheel drive version is available but considering it’s only £2155 cheaper and also slower, we’d pay £96,150 for the full-fat, all-wheel-drive B7.
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