As a result of Alpina being part of BMW, the cars produced by the bavarian automaker now feature additional luxury, distinctive aesthetic elements, and performance improvements. This takes as to the redesigned BMW Alpina XB7, which was revealed for the US market after a sneak peeks at the EU-spec variant last spring. This year’s mid-cycle update for BMW’s largest SUV, the X7, added more potent and effective engines as well as a redesigned front end with squintier headlamps sandwiching the massive front grille. Several stylistic and technological improvements are included in the premium grade of the flagship SUV, which now has a power output of 630 hp.
Alpina XB7 Exterior
On the exterior, The Alpina XB7 borrows the split-headlight design from the recently updated BMW X7. However, it stands out, thanks to its aggressive lower intake trim and front lip spoiler. moving to the rear end, a body-coloured bumper inserts housing quad exhaust pipes with a circular shape continuing the upgrades.
The BMW Alpina XB7 on 23-inch-diameter multi-spoke forged wheels. These wheels are fitted with mixed Pirelli tires as standard (285/35ZR23 up front and 325/30ZR23 down back). A pair of more sensible 285/45R21 summer or all-season run-flat tires on 21-inch rims are available as an interesting alternative from Alpina.
BMW Alpina XB7 interior
Stepping inside, the refreshed BMW Alpina XB7 interior has New trim options. This includes the Alpina Myrtle Luxury Wood, Piano lacquer, and Natural Walnut Anthracite to enhance the sensation of luxury in the cabin. The hand-finished Lavalina leather sport steering wheel with blue/green stitching bears the Alpina logo. A jewel-like Alpina-branded iDrive controller, a gearshift selector with blue illumination in a similar design, a special plaque on the centre console, and illuminated door sills are some more differences from the standard X7.
Infotainment and connectivity features
In terms of infotainment and connectivity, the Alpina comes with a Standard curved display and a head-up display. It also features an over-the-air software update-capable BMW iDrive 8 infotainment system integrated into a 14.9-inch touchscreen with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. Alpina Green drag indicators while in Sport and Sport+ models, and exclusive Alpina Blue gauge graphics, are included on the XB7.
Engine, power, and Transmission
The mild-hybrid 4.4-litre bi-turbo V8 engine in the XB7 built for the US produces 630 horsepower (470 kW/ 639 PS) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque. This figure represents an increase of 18 horsepower (13 kW / 18 PS) over the preceding model, made possible by an improved Alpina ECU, a redesigned exhaust manifold, and improved cooling. Even while the maximum torque is the same as the previous XB7, it is now usable across a wider range of revs, from 1,800 to 5,600. This car has a larger advantage over the ordinary BMW X7 M60i, which generates 523 horsepower (390 kW/530 PS) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque using a different version of the same engine.
8-speed automatic transmission with xDrive technology and a new electronically variable limited-slip differential on the rear axle combine to drive all four wheels. Performance is significantly impacted by the increased power, which results in an acceleration time that is 3.9 seconds, or 0.3 seconds shorter than before. When fitted with the smaller 21-inch wheels, the manufacturer claimed an exceptional quarter-mile time of 12.4 seconds in addition to the same high speed of 290 km/h (180 mph).
BMW Alpina XB7 Price
The 2022 BMW Alpina XB7 price starts at $145,000 plus $995 in transportation and handling fees, which is significantly more expensive than the BMW X7 M60i’s starting price of $103,100.