Scorching on the heels of Wednesday’s reveal of the up to date 2023 BMW X7 comes our first have a look at the Alpina-tuned model of the posh three-row SUV, the XB7.
The up to date X7 reaches dealerships this fall and the Alpina model will observe early subsequent yr. Pricing hasn’t been introduced however the final XB7 was priced from $142,295, together with vacation spot, and we are able to anticipate an identical determine for the up to date mannequin’s sticker.
Just like the common X7, the up to date model of the Alpina XB7 sports activities a daring new look with break up headlights, an illuminated grille, and a entrance fascia with pronounced air intakes. Alpina has solely launched the one photograph above, however we all know there’s additionally an Alpine-specific fascia on the rear. Alpina additionally has two separate wheel designs for the uprated XB7, each measuring 21 inches in diameter.
The large information is the brand new powertrain. It consists of a newly developed 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 (code-named S68) mated to a mild-hybrid system. The V-8 alone delivers a peak 630 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, and the 48-volt mild-hybrid system can add a short lived increase throughout high-load conditions. Alpina quotes a 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds and a high velocity of 180 mph.
The engine is mated to the identical 8-speed computerized transmission used within the X7, albeit with upgrades designed to deal with the additional torque whereas additionally offering faster shifts, and drive is to all 4 wheels. A limited-slip differential on the rear axle additional helps to enhance dealing with on the restrict. All-wheel steering and energetic roll stabilization must also characteristic as commonplace within the XB7.
There must also be some Alpina touches within the cabin, like a brand new steering wheel design and distinctive materials selections for the seat trim. The up to date X7 on which this BX7 is predicated has benefited from a serious step up in luxurious over the earlier X7, together with a brand new design for the middle console in addition to the addition of a floating display for the instrument cluster and infotainment hub, just like what you may discover within the iX electrical SUV.
Full specs for the XB7 will probably be introduced nearer to subsequent yr’s market launch.
Alpina has been making BMWs go quicker for greater than 50 years, and has usually operated as a semi-official tuner. Nonetheless, BMW made the partnership official in March by shopping for the rights to the Alpina model. Ranging from 2025, Alpina automobiles will probably be constructed by BMW at its personal crops. Alpina’s personal operations will concentrate on car growth, in addition to servicing, plus elements and equipment. The transfer will allow BMW to considerably improve the variety of Alpinas constructed yearly from the present price of only some thousand automobiles per yr.