The 2020 Alpina B7 is here and it may have just beaten the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat as the world’s fastest sedan.
We don’t have an official confirmation yet as the B7 just released last week and nobody has gone out on the track to test it, but according to Alpina, the B7 has a top speed of 205 mph while the Hellcat can only manage 204 mph.
But you might be wondering just what the heck an Alpina B7 is since they’re not exactly a big brand. First off, Alpina is officially a carmaker according to the German government and not an aftermarket tuner. This is because they work extremely closely with BMW and get the inside scoop on all the new goings on at the company. Think of Alpina sort of the same as SVE and Chevy or Roush and Ford.
Alpina goes one step further and even uses BMW manufacturing plants to make their cars. In the B7’s case, Alpina makes the engine at their factory in Buchloe, Germany, and then delivers it to the BMW 7 Series plant in Dingolfing for final installation.
And it is that engine that makes the 2020 B7 so special. It’s a tuned version of the 7 Series’ 4.4-L twin-turbo V8 with a new wide bore intake system and a new indirect intercooler system. This boosts power from 443 horses on the 7 Series to 608 hp, and torque from 479 to 590 lb-ft.
Zero to sixty is done in just 3.5 seconds (compared to the 2019 B7’s 3.6 seconds). Top speed as the aforementioned new record of 205 mph.
Otherwise, it’s basically the same as a top trim 7 Series.
The Hellcat still has the Alpina B7 beat on power (707 horses from its 6.2-L supercharged HEMI V8) and acceleration (0-60 in 3.3 seconds). So if you’re looking for an all-out dragster with four doors, the Charger Hellcat is still your car.
And when’s the last time you saw a sedan pushing 200 mph on anything other than a dare? This top speed thing is mostly marketing. On the plus side, FCA might come out with an even faster Hellcat now. Here’s hoping.