The BMW Alpina XB7 boosts the X7’s performance, but not so much its looks



Alpina has unveiled the BMW Alpina XB7, based on the facelifted BMW X7 that was released in April 2022. The German tuner (which is now a subsidiary of the BMW Group) has boosted the X7’s performance rather significantly, but not so much its looks.

Powered by BMW’s next-generation 4.4-litre twin-turbo engine with a mild hybrid system, the BMW Alpina XB7 produces a total of 621 hp @ 5,500-6,500 rpm and 800 Nm @1,800-5,400 rpm. It adds on an additional 91 hp and 50 Nm over the BMW X7 M60i xDrive (530 hp/750 Nm).

With the hybrid V8 powertrain paired to an eight-speed transmission, the 2,730-kg Alpina XB7 launches itself from 0-100km/h in just 4.2 seconds and is able of reaching a top speed of 290 km/h. Alpina has also equipped the XB7 with a unique cooling system.

Also featured on the BMW Alpina XB7 is the latest suspension technology that includes air suspension. With this, the XB7 can raise itself by 40 mm at speeds of up to 30 km/h. It can also lower itself by 20 mm when put in “Sport” mode or when it goes over 160 km/h.

In “Sport Plus” mode or when it goes over 250 km/h, the BMW Alpina XB7 drops its ride height by 40 mm. The two-axle air suspension with Alpina-specific damper and kinematic set-up are primarily responsible for the balance of driving dynamics and ride comfort.

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Exterior enhancements of the Alpina XB7 include the Alpina Green paint job, redesigned bumpers, quad exhaust tips, and 21-inch Alpina Dynamic wheels. Alpina has not interfered too much with the divisive look of the 2022 BMW X7.

In the cabin, Alpina has decked out the XB7 with a glass Alpina infotainment control dial, a blue illuminated gear selector, illuminated door sills, and a unique steering wheel finished in Lavalina leather with blue and green stitching. Behind the steering wheel are Tiptronic buttons instead of paddle shifters.

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The gauge clusters are accented by Alpina blue, changing to Alpina green when in “Sport” or “Sport Plus” modes, and there are three trim options – Myrtle Luxury wood, Piano lacquer, or Natural Walnut Anthracite.

The BMW Alpina XB7 is open for booking with prices starting at USD 145,995 (approx. RM666,729). Deliveries are expected to begin in early 2023.

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