German automaker Alpina has made a nice niche for itself by loading-up factory BMW models with their own subtle appearance and performance tweaks, and the previous Alpina B7 was a commendable step up from the last-generation 7-Series, with 540 HP and a top speed in excess of 190 mph.
But there’s a new, 2016 BMW 7-Series in town, and you know what they say: another Bimmer, another Alpina.
(Nobody actually says this. -Ed.)
Autoblog acquired a few spy photographs of what is most likely the next Alpina B7, and you can view the full gallery at their official site. It’s discernible only by a few hardly-there aerodynamic tweaks (as-is Alpina’s way), and by the firm’s upgraded wheels.
As for what makes this new Alpina B7 tick, we have yet to find out. Suffice it to say that like the previous Alpina B7, it will obviously make due with a tuned version of the V8 model’s powerplant. In this case, that means a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter unit, which produces 445 HP in the 2016 750i, but could be bumped up to 600 HP or more in its Alpina-tuned form.
That’s a number that BMW itself might have trouble matching with a future V12-powered 7-Series model.