• 2013 Alpina F01 B7 gets blown away by the new 2013 Audi S8 in February 2013 MotorTrend - BMW keeps on losing comparison tests

      This is a continuation of an article first posted on AudiBoost back in October. Just goes to show how far magazines lag behind the internet these days as this comparison is just being published in the February 2013 issue of MotorTrend magazine. Nothing much has changed since first reported but BimmerBoost has the whole magazine spread to post now with all the data. The Audi S8 is simply lighter, faster, and better than the Alpina B7 based on the F01 750.

      In all fairness to BMW, the S8 outguns any 7-Series from the BMW factory significantly just as the AMG S-Class variants do. It takes Alpina to compete with the S8 and even they can't get enough out of the 7-Series to keep this one close. The S8 stomps it running 0-60 in 3.5 seconds versus 4.3 for the B7 and the 1/4 mile in 11.8@118.3 versus 12.6@113.6 for the B7. Almost a full second in the 1/4 mile, that's a beatdown.

      What makes this worse is the B7 is rated at more horsepower than the S8 with 540 on paper versus Audi's 520. That looks nice but in reality the S8 puts down more horsepower at the wheels with 479 at all four versus 414 for the B7. Audi's figure is underrated and Alpina's is overrated, despite Audi routing power to all four wheels.

      Handling is also in Audi's favor with a better skidpad and figure eight result. The Audi even starts out cheaper at $110,895 versus $128,495 for the B7. The S8 even is lighter despite its all wheel drive. Get the B7 with the all wheel drive option and the car gets absurdly heavy.

      Say what you want, Audi has significantly upped their game and is now routinely beating BMW, the former gold standard, in comparison tests. Frankly, it's a good thing. BMW clearly has lost some of their magic as of late. Keep up the pressure Audi and you will convert even the most hardcore of BMW fans, even the one typing this sentence.











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      1. Eric335's Avatar
        Eric335 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leo985i Click here to enlarge
        Gotta love it. BMW getting destroyed in all fronts nowadays. It's sad how complaisant they got, and now they keep losing the lead to MB and Audi. and even Cadillac.
        +1 Its really sad. I wish they would get their $#@! together.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Bimman Click here to enlarge
        its unique
        As unique as a 7-Series with a body kit. The B7 is nice but it's just a 7-Series.
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        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Autobahn335i Click here to enlarge
        The sad part is that BMW continues to proclaim record sales month after month. Turning away from the enthusiasts to gain more market shares proves to be more profitable indeed. Audi and Mercedes are of course be more than happy to fill the voids left by BMW.
        It's true, record sales.
      1. max@'s Avatar
        max@ -
        bmw needs to release a 600-680hp tt. engine for the 7 series platform and call it a day with 3:64 gears and awd as a option and get back on top of this hp race since 03' being blown outta the water by mercedes and mb never looked back...also what has happened to the bmw supercars? no z8? no 8 series? many chassis lines missing compared to mercedes full line ups including the amg black series and the new sls.

        bmw needs to step up the game asap!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        If necessary they could do an M7 but they don't see the need to compete with the S8 or S63 for whatever reason. I don't think this demographic really care about outright speed all that much.