BMW at the end of September announced the updated Alpina XB7, based on its similarly updated bmw x7 sport-utility with a new-generation mild-hybrid engine. Canada will get the high-performance variant as a 2024 model, with production starting in late 2023.
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While the updated X7 makes up to 530 horsepower in its M60i version, the XB7 will use a 4.4L twin-turbocharged V8 that produces 631 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Canadian prices will be announced closer to launch, but prices already confirmed south of the border start at US$145,000.
As with the X7 update, the new XB7 features a new front end with illuminated grille and horizontally split headlamps, and has four oval exhaust pipes integrated into the rear fascia. The seats are for six or seven.
The all-new engine accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, with a top speed of 180 mph, and peak torque of 590 lb-ft at 1,800 rpm. Its two twin-scroll turbochargers are fed by a cross-bank exhaust manifold and the engine includes external oil and water coolers. The mild hybrid system uses a 48-volt starting generator built into the eight-speed automatic transmission.
All-wheel “xDrive” is standard, with an electronically calibrated variable limited-slip rear differential calibrated to Alpina specifications, along with air suspension that can be raised or lowered by up to 40.6mm, and Alpina-specific shock absorbers and a Stiffer rear axle bushings to reduce body roll. Active rear steering can turn the wheels up to 2.3 degrees to the left for low-speed maneuvering, or to the right for better high-speed cornering, yes, though it’s a tall, heavy family truck.
Brembo brakes are standard and wheel options will be 21-inches with summer or all-season tires; or 23-inch 20-spoke forged alloy wheels with Pirelli performance summer tires.
As with the X7, the XB7 will include the latest generation of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, along with an automatic parking function and trailer reverse assist. The included “Maneuver Assistant” can store up to ten of the places you regularly visit, and when you arrive at, say, your driveway entrance, it uses GPS data and memory of your previous address inputs to turn and park . handle steering, throttle, brakes and gear changes.
Unique to the Alpina trim, the sport-ute will also include a glass iDrive control knob, illuminated Alpina door sills and gear knob, Alpina sport steering wheel and leather upholstery with signature blue and green stitching.
Alpina was founded in 1965 as a family business, working in cooperation with BMW on high-performance versions of their production vehicles. It was registered as an independent car manufacturer in Germany in 1983. In early 2022, BMW announced that when its cooperation agreement with the independent company expires at the end of 2025, both agreed that Alpina to be sold to BMW Group.
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