The blokes from Automotive and Driver have put a sequence of 2017 vehicles by way of their yearly Lightning Lap problem and BMW was effectively represented this 12 months. The German group had at least 4 entrants on this 12 months’s occasion, if we rely each the MINI Clubman JCW and the Alpina B7. In spite of everything, they’re constructed on BMW-owned meeting traces and due to this fact needs to be included right here. What we’ve posted under although is a comparability we’ve been ready for a while, pitting the Alpina B7 Biturbo towards the equally powered BMW M760Li xDrive.
Ever since these two vehicles had been unveiled by BMW and Alpina respectively, folks have been questioning which one can be sooner round a monitor, regardless that they haven’t been constructed for that goal. The explanation why numerous us had been curious lies within the spec sheets of the 2. They’ve the identical quantity of energy and torque going to all 4 corners of the vehicles, 600 HP and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque. To some extent they even use the identical gearbox however every automotive has completely different settings.
Whereas the BMW M760Li xDrive is geared extra in direction of sportiness, with automotive being an M Efficiency mannequin, the Alpina is ready as much as be as snug as potential more often than not. Nonetheless, the largest distinction is the engine underneath the hood. Despite the fact that the specs are the identical, right down to the acceleration occasions, whereas the BMW makes use of a 6.6-liter V12 shared with Rolls-Royce, the Alpina B7 Biturbo makes use of a reworked model of the Four.Four-liter twin-turbo V8 from the 750i.
Subsequently, what we’ve right here is mainly a race between a V8 and a V12, on the monitor, between two limousines that almost definitely won’t ever be used on this vogue. The tip consequence is perhaps shocking to some besides, I do know what automotive I’d slightly go dwelling with as you merely can’t beat the smoothness of a V12.