The twin-turbo 4.4-litre BMW V8 also puts out 590 lb.-ft. of torque.
The 0-100 km/h sprint disappears in just 4.2 seconds.
Is this the ultimate in 3-row transportation? Yes.
There’s so much to love about the new ALPINA XB7 best of which, in our opinion, is that it’s a BMW. When the very rich leave the stratosphere where they live, it can be nice to drive around in a regular BMW, and not a Bentley, Range Rover, or Rolls Royce. While, at a quick glance, the 2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 might look like an X7, it is that and so much more.
Everything ALPINA touches turns to gold. And this is the case with the XB7. Based on the BMW X7 M50i, the XB7 gets the ALPINA engine treatment which boosts the V8’s power to a whopping 612-horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. of torque, from 2,000 to 5,000 rpm. The sustained rush launches the near 6,000 lb behemoth to a top speed of 180 mph, or 290 km/h.
Putting the power down is a combination of all the best bits imaginable. From the active limited-slip rear differential, to integral-active 4-wheel steering, and two-axle air suspension with ALPINA-specific damper and kinematic set-up, the XB7 will not deviate from the chosen course. Standard wheels are 21-inch in size but it’s the optional iconic ALPINA CLASSIC 20-spoke 23-inch forged-alloy wheels that are a must-have. Behind these wheels are gargantuan Brembo brakes with ALPINA blue calipers.
The 2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 is performance and luxury. While we’ll always lean towards the going fast, most want acres of Merino leather and Alcantara, the multi-contour seats, soft-close doors, and let us not overlook, the multitude of ALPINA touches. And they are exclusive “Crafted Clarity” glass application and iDrive controller in ALPINA design, blue illuminated gear selector switch, ALPINA production plaque, illuminated ALPINA door sills and the unique ALPINA sport steering wheel. Even the 12.3-inch digital instrument display gets specific ALPINA design features.
Pricing in the US starts at $141,300, $165,900 in Canada, and ordering opens now. Deliveries are expected to begin in September.