Hopefully some of the void left by the lack of a BMW 7 Series M edition will be filled by this latest BMW beauty. At the auto show in Chicago this week, BMW brought sexy back with the 2011 Alpina B7. With extra horsepower, refined handling and unique looks setting it apart from standard 7 series, the B7 has arrived just in time to do battle with the upcoming Jaguar XJR, Porsche Panamera Turbo and the like.
Functional front and rear fascias and spoilers, 20-spoke, 21-inch Alpina wheels, hand-stitched "Lavalina" leather and Alpina badges and sills differentiate this from lesser 7s. Under hood there's a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 500 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque - 100 hp and 66 lb-ft better than the 750i, with a 0-60 dash of 4.5 seconds. Its available in short wheelbase for $122,875 or extended wheelbase at $126,775.