Alpina is now an integral part of BMW, bringing a more luxury, unique style, and increased performance to the Bavarian automaker’s models. The latest example is the updated Alpina XB7. The flagship configuration features an increased output power of 630 hp, as well as a number of style and technology updates.
The Alpina XB7 uses a split headlight design from the recently upgraded BMW X7 but differs in the front spoiler and sporty trim of the lower air intake. A similar theme is applied at the rear, with a bumper insert in the body color with four round exhaust pipes.
The SUV is equipped with branded multi-spoke forged wheels with a diameter of 23 inches. They come as standard and are shod in Pirelli mixed tires. Interestingly, Alpina offers smaller wheels with 21-inch wheels and a pair of summer or all-season Run-Flat tires in size 285/45R21 as an option.
“Inside, the feeling of premium is enhanced by new trim options. The Alpina sports steering wheel is hand-finished with Lavalina leather with blue-green stitching.”
Other changes compared to the regular X7 include the gem-like Alpina iDrive controller, a gear selector similarly with a blue backlight, a special plate on the center console, and illuminated door sills.
From a technical point of view, a projection display and a curved display are included as standard. The latter combines a 12.3-inch digital dashboard and a 14.9-inch touchscreen with a BMW iDrive 8 infotainment system capable of updating software wirelessly.
The new generation of the 4.4-liter V8 engine with dual turbocharging and soft hybrid technology develops a power of 630 hp. The maximum torque may be the same as the previous XB7, but now it is available in a wider range from 1800 to 5600 rpm. These characteristics also widen the gap with the regular BMW X7 M60i, which produces 523 hp and 750 Nm. Power is transmitted to all four wheels via 8 automatic transmissions. Acceleration of 0-100 km/h occurs in 3.9 seconds, which is 0.3 seconds faster than before.
The first copies will go on sale in early 2023.