The X7 face lift was recently introduced to the world by BMW, and it comes right behind it, hotter Alpina XB7. There are more than just cosmetic changes here. There are some nice variations under the hood, too.
The new car gets BMW’s next-generation 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. All produce 630 horsepower. This is 18 more than the previous model. It also makes a file Fat 590 lb-ft of torque from 1800 rpm all the way up to 5600 rpm. The engine (dubbed the S58) can launch the massive 6,000-pound, seven-seat car from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. This is an amazing achievement. If you keep your foot in it a little longer, you’ll pass the quarter mile in 12.4 seconds. If you stay in it longer, you’ll hit a top speed of 180 mph in the XB7.
Alpina has also designed its own engine management and cooling systems to make this excavator live up to its standards.
As is customary on Albinas, the transmission gears are controlled by buttons (not buttons) behind the steering wheel. However, this is not the only change in Albina’s style. You also get a stylish Alpina body kit with a front splitter, side skirts and a new rear bumper. Since this is a huge SUV, it needs huge wheels, and the Alpina responds to the call with 23-inch wheels with Alpina Classic 20-spoke wheels. These are standard, but if that’s too much for you, you can select 21-inch wheels as a no-charge option.
Turning off those massive wheels is like equally massive brakes: four pistons, 15.5-inch rotors up front to be exact. At the rear there is also a rear wheel steering system that can rotate the rear wheels by up to 2.3 degrees.
The XB7 also includes air suspension, which can raise the vehicle 1.6 inches at speeds up to 19 mph to clear even the steepest obstacles. It will also lower itself by 0.8 inches when the driver presses the Sport mode button or exceeds 100 mph. That’s nothing compared to what happens when you go Sport Plus or hit 155 mph. That’s when the Alpina drops a total of 1.6 inches.
Inside there are all kinds of Alpina design touches. Perhaps most noticeable are the blue accents on the center console and instrument cluster (more cars should have blue gauges). There’s even a different steering wheel (with those buttons behind), illuminated door sills and wood interior trim. However, if you are a goof you can get carbon fiber as an option. There is also a rather cool Alpina logo on the traditional BMW iDrive control knob. I like it…mostly because it’s shiny.
Demand books are open for 2023 XB7. It starts at $145,995, with deliveries set to begin early next year.
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