Alpina is to BMW what AMG is to Mercedes-Benz. This is a centuries-old German tuning house that has worked closely with BMW for a good 50 years. And recently, BMW has strengthened this bond by bringing Alpina under its roof. Another news worthy of note right now is the bold new 2023 BMW X7 that has BMW admirers split with its design.
Apart from this, the new generation also brings hybridization. BMW provided an overview of the all-new 2023 BMW Alpina XB7 which will be the very first hybrid car bearing the “Alpina” badge. All of this makes the 2022 BMW Alpina XB7 much more desirable with its pure gasoline V8 power. Plus, the design is easier on the eyes than what’s about to come.
Alpina has gone to great lengths to create a credulous, track-ready SUV. Along with tapping out bigger turbos, the 2022 XB7 also gets a slew of suspension and other mechanical upgrades to make this SUV ride like a sports sedan. Alpina took on the task of building a worthy rival of the super SUV group like Lamborghini Urus, Audi RSQ8 and the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63; and nailed through the wall!
When BMW decided against making an X7 M SUV, German tuning house Alpina stepped in to create a civilized outlaw with the XB7.
Alpina takes the V8 from the X7 M50i and gives it an orchestral makeover
The Alpina XB7 is a heavily modified BMW X7 M50i. And it’s not just a mundane upgrade, but a serious and thorough upgrade that also involves tweaking the engine components. Alpina stripped the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 from the X7 M50i. They swapped out its twin-turbo setup with a larger, in-house made unit. The new, larger turbos feature larger intercoolers and a raspier stainless steel free-flowing exhaust system, similar to that used in the Alpina B7 sedan.
New engine mapping completes this puzzle to make the Alpina XB7 a perfect alter ego of the non-existent BMW X7 M. All this combines to bump the power figures up to 612 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque ( of 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque). Other performance upgrades include a bloated ZF eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels.
The BMW Alpina XB7 goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 4 seconds; Ends at 180 mph
All of these powertrain upgrades come together to help this SUV behemoth go 0-60mph in four seconds, like its X7 M50i donor, but the electronically limited top speed drops from 130mph.
For reference, its great rival, the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63, accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds. But unlike its rivals, Alpina has made the XB7 much easier to live with with a linear torque curve. Almost all the meaty torque is available from 2,000 rpm. Therefore, it is easy to ride in the city as well as on the highway.
This 5,860-pound super SUV is shockingly athletic and track-worthy
The Alpina XB7 is a three-row SUV that weighs nearly 6,000 pounds but can keep up with a nimble little BMW M240i on the trails. The reason for this standard-defying character is the intelligent Alpina treatment under the skin. The suspension setup has been replaced with a unit that includes air suspension components, an adaptive damping system and anti-roll bars to increase stiffness and cornering performance.
Being an SUV, body roll is unavoidable, but the adaptive damper setup manages to mitigate it. It also features active steering with rear axle steering, helping this behemoth move faster than ever. The different drive modes include – Comfort, Sport and Sport+ which also alter steering feedback and suspension tuning. In Sport+ mode, the SUV gets 1.6 inches closer to the ground.
It also lowers the XB7’s center of gravity and gives it an ultra cool stance. For even more driving pleasure, an electronically variable active limited-slip differential will make you want to hit the racetrack more often. The brakes have been improved. It uses huge four-piston Brembo caliper units with optional high-performance cross-drilled units also available to you.
The interior of the Alpina XB7 is soft, comfortable and contrasts with its sporty character
The interior of the BMW Alpina XB7 is that of a true blue luxury SUV with a multitude of “Alpina” touches. Unique elements Alpina brings to the interior include a panoramic lounge roof with LED lighting and Alpina-treated glass dials in the center console which includes the iDrive selector, illuminated gear lever and start/stop button.
Alpina chooses the wood for the trim of the XB7 and marks it with its cool logo. The steering wheel is complemented by a modified fully digital instrument panel that displays the brand graphics. The seating layout is the same as the standard X7, but the materials are taken up a notch with the standard merino leather.
Being an Alpina is all about them
You will need a set of trained eyes to tell an Alpina XB7 from the X7. The front fascia gets more ducting and an aggressive lower bumper with “Alpina” neatly badged right in the center. The rear gets an “Alpina” badge to make it obvious. But the coolest differentiation is with those multi-spoke alloy wheels. It gets 21 inches as standard, but the iconic 23-inch 20-spoke is optional.
2022 BMW Alpina XB7: a demon in a tuxedo
Alpina aptly presented a sleeping car with the 2022 XB7. The exterior design isn’t unpleasant, and the interior doesn’t even give you an idea of what’s under the hood. It’s only when you step on the pedal that this demon’s true nature is revealed. It’s impressive to see an SUV do things it should never do, all thanks to Alpina!
Source: Press.bmwgroup.com, Motortrend.com, Autoblog.com
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