630 hp turns big SUV into grand tourer
Alpina becoming even more integrated with BMW
In-house BMW tuner Alpina is refreshing its version of the X7 to go along with BMW’s own updates. But it gets more than just a facelift, the 2023 Alpina XB7 gets more horsepower to go along with the company’s usual performance and appearance tweaks.
Like the BMW X7 M60i, the Alpina XB7 uses a twin-turbo 4.4L V8. Pre-facelift, it made 612 horsepower. Now it makes 630 hp, with torque staying the same at 590 lb-ft. The engine comes with an eight-speed automatic (with active limited-slip rear differential) and uses BMW’s 48V hybrid system. Alpina’s updates include a special cooling system to help handle the extra power.
A four-corner air suspension is fitted with Alpina’s own dampers to deliver the company’s signature ride and handling balance. The air ride can lift up at low speeds for speed bumps, and it dips down in sport mode and at very high speeds. Dropping the suspension increases camber, helping the big SUV turn in more quickly.
Alpina offers a pair of wheel options, both its signature multi-spoke design. 21-inch wheels come standard, while 23-inch rims are optional. Alpina claims the latter design is forged to save 7 lbs each. But they’re 23s wearing massive tires, so it’s not likely it matters one bit.
An Alpina front apron sits underneath the new X7’s razor-thin headlights. The kidneys have been lit up with a new feature designed to bring even more attention to the big grille.
The 2023 Alpina XB7 will hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 180 mph. Orders start this month for early 2023 deliveries, with an MSRP of $145,000.