• 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.











      This article was originally published in forum thread: 2013 Alpina F01 B7 gets blown away by the new 2013 Audi S8 in February 2013 MotorTrend - BMW keeps on losing comparison tests started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 25 Comments
      1. Bimman's Avatar
        Bimman -
        Audi might be fast, but B7 is something else.
      1. mhabs's Avatar
        mhabs -
        Incredible & big win for Audi considering it is 100% stock.
      1. cstavaru's Avatar
        cstavaru -
        11.8s for a big limousine in standard trimp...that's something.

        But...the problem is that Audi is ugly, bland and lacks many of the BMW driving characteristics. BMW does lag behind in the power ratings in high-end cars though. They focus on engine and drivetrain refinement, but they begin to forget that all of us have a wild side...and we need wild power Click here to enlarge
      1. deemo319's Avatar
        deemo319 -
        Time for a real M7. If I had to have a large sedan to go to dinner and meet clients, it would be the Alpina. Loved the E65 Alpina and the F01 is so nice. It is so different and classy that it reeks style, yet replace the Roundels for Alpina badges and most people would have no idea what it was.

        I still think Audi sent a ringer. Nice car, it won. They should give M GmbH a brief and let them go to work. The next 7 may have some surprises!!!
      1. Baron's Avatar
        Baron -
        Yep, 11.8 in a boat like that is quite impressive. Not to mention probably feels like you float there.
        Same issue. Sport 3 series gets trumped by M Benz and the Caddy ATS.
      1. BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
        BlackJetE90OC -
        The current 7 is just plain old ugly. Honestly I put the 7 last in the segment.
      1. onurleft's Avatar
        onurleft -
        Good article Sticky, but the S8 has been kicking the 7 series butt since the mid 90's!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Bimman Click here to enlarge
        Audi might be fast, but B7 is something else.
        Something else like what? A 750 with a body kit and a tune?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by cstavaru Click here to enlarge
        11.8s for a big limousine in standard trimp...that's something.

        But...the problem is that Audi is ugly, bland and lacks many of the BMW driving characteristics. BMW does lag behind in the power ratings in high-end cars though. They focus on engine and drivetrain refinement, but they begin to forget that all of us have a wild side...and we need wild power Click here to enlarge
        Audi looks pretty good to me:

        Click here to enlarge

        Audi's driving characteristics have improved whereas BMW has lost their touch. Part of the problem is BMW's are so heavy now.

        This isn't just a muscle thing, it's an overall victory for Audi. It also outhandles the BMW... and it's lighter.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by deemo319 Click here to enlarge
        I still think Audi sent a ringer.
        No, it's just that good.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by onurleft Click here to enlarge
        Good article Sticky, but the S8 has been kicking the 7 series butt since the mid 90's!
        Not to this degree.
      1. leo985i's Avatar
        leo985i -
        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. Eryk03's Avatar
        Eryk03 -
        For me S8 is much better looking car than 7 series and even Albina B7. And S8 is much better car even than B7 so the choice is easy. And the S8 is cheaper? Ohhh god.
      1. Bimman's Avatar
        Bimman -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Something else like what? A 750 with a body kit and a tune?
        its unique
      1. benzy89's Avatar
        benzy89 -
        Adding insult to injury, Audi announced a €13 billion (just over $17 million) investment on modernizing the brand over the next 4 years.
      1. Autobahn335i's Avatar
        Autobahn335i -
        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.
      1. TRES's Avatar
        TRES -
        well a business is established to make money
      1. Legionofboom's Avatar
        Legionofboom -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by benzy89 Click here to enlarge
        Adding insult to injury, Audi announced a €13 billion (just over $17 million) investment on modernizing the brand over the next 4 years.
        Audi's are hot mane
      1. mkodama's Avatar
        mkodama -
        The actual power on the dyno is kind of interesting. The Audi got 55hp above rated and the BMW got 43 below rated, on the same dyno.
      1. Eric335's Avatar
        Eric335 -
        If BMW doesnt hit it out of the $#@!ing park with the next M4 and M5......

        Id probably switch to Benz before Audi, but still... Those S5s are sexy. Im not interested in the 6/7-series or the A7/A8s, so im not too concerned about that.