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  • 2011 SUZUKI 4X4 + 2011 BMW ALPINA B7

    2011 SUZUKI 4X4
     Suzuki 4×4 variants of 2011 Swift supermini and Kizashi sedan, is broadening its European lineup. The Kizashi standard equipment package features a two-zone automatic climate control, Xenon headlights, ten-way power adjustable and heated driver’s seat with memory function, and more.
    The Suzuki Kizashi 4×4 sedan features Suzuki’s so-called intelligent all-wheel drive system (i-AWD), which allows the driver to manually switch the car from front- to all-wheel drive with the push of a button, with power coming from a 178HP-strong 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission.




    The Kizashi 4×4 averages 11.3 lt/100km in the city, 6.6 lt/100km on highway and 8.3 lt/100km on the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 191 g/km.

    While the Suzuki Swift 4×4 model is offered exclusively with a 94-horsepower 1.2-liter gasoline engine linked to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The company said it returns a fuel economy of 6.7 lt/100km urban, 4.9 lt/100km highway and 5.5 lt/100km combined, with CO2 emissions of 129g/km.

    The five-door Swift 4×4 comes with standard features including air conditioning and an MP3-capable CD radio with steering wheel controls and a USB port.


    2011 BMW ALPINA B7

    It is based on BMW’s current 7 Series platform. Mirroring the various chassis and powertrain options offered by BMW, the Alpina B7 can be had in standard- or long-wheelbase, and with rear- or all-wheel drive (xDrive). The sportiest variant of the four is the short-wheelbase, rear-wheel-drive model. That would be the Alpina Blue Metallic model we’re piloting.

    The B7 is fitted with a highly modified version of BMW’s N63, the all-alloy direct-injected 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 currently fitted to the BMW 750i. Craftsmen at Alpina’s facility in Buchloe, Germany are tasked with opening it up and performing a delicate surgery that includes a slew of upgrades and enhancements for the entire powertrain.


    High-performance pistons are inserted into the block and the cylinder heads are reinforced to withstand the additional stress from a higher compression ratio. A larger intercooler, with a 35-percent increase in surface area, is fitted to lower intake temperatures. An additional radiator lowers coolant temperatures, and external coolers are added for the engine and transmission oil. The electric fan is also upgraded to increase airflow through the new high-performance components. To move more oxygen through the engine, larger turbochargers (the vanes measure 44 mm in diameter) are fitted to keep the whole package running smoothly and Alpina engine management software increases boost to 14.5 psi and recalibrates both stability- and traction-control with more aggressive settings.

    From the cockpit, the driver is able to select from three suspension setups: Comfort, Normal and Sport. Sport-Plus mode shifts the Dynamic Stability Control system into a more aggressive Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) setting, allowing more slip at the driven wheels and reducing the interference of the traction control system.


    Like all 7 Series sedans, the B7 feels big. Backing up is accomplished with the help of electronic aids, and lane changes require a deliberate look over the shoulder followed by a second glance in the mirror. While it’s entirely competent in a metropolitan setting, the full-size sedan simply feels a bit out of place lazily trudging along the boulevard.

    BMW quotes a 0-60 sprint in 4.5 seconds, but it feels quicker (just for grins, we hooked the B7 up to a rather simple Escort G-Timer GT2 and recorded an easy 4.32 seconds). As a sucker for brutal power, like a Nissan GT-R, the B7 absolutely begs to show off at stoplights.

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