Alpina has introduced an ultimate SUV for the first time by unveiling the new XB7 on tuesday.
Starting at the front, the reworked bumper carries the traditional Alpina lettering and boasts larger air intakes to provide optimal cooling for the upgraded twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8. The rear end features a discreetly modified bumper with an upgraded exhaust system adapted from the B7 with dual tips flanking the vertical fins. Rounding off the visual changes the amped-up X7 has gone through are the standard 21-inch wheels wrapped in 285/45 R21 tires both at the front and rear.
The forged wheels shave off 28 pounds (12.7 kilograms) per set and come with Pirelli performance tires tailored to the XB7, with 285/35 ZR23 rubber at the front and 325/30 ZR23 at the back. The new shoes are complemented by Brembo brakes and a revised air suspension adjustable in height depending on the vehicle’s speed and the selected driving mode.
Underneath the hood, the eight-cylinder engine has been massaged to deliver 612 horsepower (456 kilowatts) and 590 pound-feet (800 Newton-meters) of torque. Alpina quotes a 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds, a top speed of 180 mph, and a quarter-mile time of 12.6 seconds. Crazy when you think this is a full-size, three-row SUV we’re talking about.
Standard features include Merino leather, multi-contour seats, soft-close doors, Alcantara headliner, leather instrument panel, and a three-part panoramic glass sunroof. As an optional extra, BMW’s lovely Panorama Sky Lounge LED roof is available.
Inside, the Alpina XB7 features exclusive details like the ‘Crafted Clarity’ glass application on the blue illuminated gear selector switch, iDrive controller in Alpina design, Alpina production plaque, illuminated Alpina door sills and Alpina sports steering wheel hand-finished in Lavalina leather with trademark Blue/Green stitching. The performance SUV also comes fitted as standard with the Alpina Myrtle Luxury Wood interior trim.
The BMW XB7 will be available in the US from $141,300 (plus $995 destination) or nearly $2,000 less than the B7. Ordering will start this month and deliveries will kick off in September.