BMW ALPINA B7

Transmission

The BMW ALPINA B7 features the latest generation 8-Speed Sport Automatic Transmission from ZF (8HP76) with ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC. The transmission software has been thoroughly reworked by ALPINA and adapted specifically to the performance characteristics of the new engine, offering exceptional driving comfort and dynamic performance in all situations.

Close gear ratios and a total spread of 7.81:1 results in high level of shift comfort and efficiency. In Automatic Mode the combination of eight gears and high engine torque facilitate relaxed cruising at low engine rpm even when travelling at higher speeds. In Sport Mode the shift times have been further improved and are now considerably quicker and more energetic.

Transmission - Modes

The 8-speed sport automatic transmission with SWITCH-TRONIC offers three modes of operation to suit any driving situation.

In Automatic (D) Shift Mode the blend of eight speeds and high torque makes for super smooth gear changes only a torque converter can provide. Explicitly programmed for maximum comfort, the B5 Bi-Turbo glides effortlessly and efficiently at low rpm and high gears, offering unmatched cruising ability.

In Sport (S) Shift Mode the transmission becomes significantly more dynamic, gear changes are executed faster and feedback becomes more direct. The system allows for multi-simultaneous down-shifts in milliseconds, hereby the transmission will skip several gears depending on engine loads and rpm to select the most favourable gear for optimum acceleration.

The Manual (M) Shift Mode allows full control over the transmission. The ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC buttons are ergonomically mounted on the rear of the steering wheel, their actuation allowing the driver to shift up or down as required. A unique feature of the transmission software in Manual (M) Shift Mode in combination with the selection of Sport+ or DSC OFF Mode using the Driving Dynamics Control button is the deactivation of the automatic up-shift function. In this mode of operation the transmission will hold the selected gear up to maximum rpm’s (electronically limited) and will not automatically up-shift into the next gear. This is desirable in certain driving situations, for example during especially dynamic driving on roads with multiple tight hair-pin corners.

 

 

 

Information on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions according to the applicable EU Directive VO (EU) 715/2007:

BMW ALPINA B7                                                                                                                                          Long-wheelbase
Fuel consumption, combined:                                                                                                                      24.14* mpg
CO2 emissions combined:                                                                                                                           265* g/km

*Preliminary Data

Errors and changes excepted.

Further information on specific fuel consumption and specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars is given in „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen” which can be obtained free of charge at all points of sale and from the Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Helmut-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen.