Our first look comes after the release of the 2023 updated BMW X7 on Wednesday, the Alpina-tuned version of the luxury three-row SUV, the XB7.
The updated X7 has reached dealerships this fall and the Alpina version will follow early next year. Pricing has not been announced, but the last XB7 was priced at $ 142,295, including the destination, and we can expect a similar image for the sticker of the updated model.
Like the regular X7, the updated version of the Alpina XB7 has a bold new look with a split headlight, an illuminated grille and a front fascia with pronounced air intake. Alpina has only published the single image above, but we know that there is also an alpine-specific fascia on the back. The Alpina also has two separate wheel designs for the Operated XB7, both of which are 21 inches in diameter.
The big news is the new powertrain. It consists of a newly developed 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 (code-named S68) that is mated to a light-hybrid system. The V-8 alone delivers a maximum of 630 hp and 590 pound-feet of torque, and the 48-volt light-hybrid system can add a temporary boost in high-load conditions. Alpina cites a time of 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds and a maximum speed of 180 mph.
The engine is combined with the same 8-speed automatic transmission used in the X7, although it offers upgrades and faster shifts designed to deal with the extra torque, and the drive is on four wheels. A limited-slip axis on the rear axle further helps to improve handling. All-wheel steering and active roll stabilization should also be featured as standard in the XB7.
The cabin should also have some alpina touches, such as a new steering wheel design and unique material choice for seat trim. The updated X7 based on which this BX7 has benefited a great deal more in luxury than the previous X7, including a new design for the center console as well as the addition of a floating screen for the instrument cluster and infotainment hub, you get in the iX electric SUV. Will get.
The full specification of the XB7 will be announced near next year’s market launch.
Alpina has been accelerating BMW for over 50 years and usually acts as a semi-official tuner. However, BMW bought the rights to the Alpina brand and made the partnership official in March. Starting in 2025, Alpina cars will be manufactured by BMW at its own plant. Alpina’s own activities will focus on vehicle development, as well as servicing, plus parts and accessories. The move would enable BMW to significantly increase the number of alpinas produced annually from the current rate of just a few thousand vehicles per year.