I see a lot of executive saloons around here and wonder about the decision making process leading up to such a purchase. Why, exactly, did that grandma want the S600? Was it simply that it was the most expensive, or does she secretly love twin-turbo V12s? Does the S65 really make that guy feel bigger than the guy in the S63? These are questions that may never be answered, but I do know that the guy in the Alpina B7 was more than happy to talk to me about it at several stoplights. He had recently taken it to Dinan’s headquarters just south of here, and after some Dinan love they went for an ill-advised 180-mph blast in 25mph zone. If I were a 1-percenter looking for the ultimate big sedan, Alpina is where I’d look too. They combine the right amount of styling improvements and curb-stomping power to differentiate without losing class.
You can check out the listing if you need to see the litany of luxo-tech options checked, but after a previous life of BMW Executive demoing, you can be confident is has everything possible. The Frozen Blue and ski-bag options set a theme backed up by the BMW’s XDrive, an interesting choice to help wrangle the 540hp and 538lb-ft. I’ve always wanted to be able to roast the rears in an Alpina, but if you’re in the top 1% and wish to continue rolling deep through the winter in your $150k ride, why not tick that last option box? If you see someone driving one of these, see if they’ll explain their motivations.