Seldom is my A/B testing quite so entertaining as comparing this, the 2017 BMW M760i, with the Alpina B7. Each a riff on what a performance version of the stately 7 Series might look, sound, and drive like, the two cars may be showroom stablemates but they take very different routes to their 600+ horsepower. Few will get the opportunity to cross-shop them, much less the chance to throw them around familiar roads as I’ve been doing.
The first difference is on your checkbook. BMW’s car almost makes the Alpina B7 look like a bargain. The M760i’s $154k sticker swells to just shy of $172k when you tick a few options, and that’s without the full excesses of the ottoman-style reclining rear seat.
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