• The 2023 BMW Alpina XB7 gains the same front-end revisions as lesser X7s, while also boosting output from the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 to 630 horsepower.
  • BMW claims the XB7 can hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and a 180 mph top speed.
  • The XB7 also gets an opulent interior with an illuminated gear selector and an Alpina steering wheel with blue and green stitching. The starting price is $145,995.

A mid-cycle update for BMW’s largest SUV, the X7, earlier this year brought more powerful and efficient engines and a revised front end with squintier headlights sandwiching the vast front grille. Now BMW has revealed the most expensive and high-performance version of the X7, giving the 2023 Alpina XB7 the same visual upgrades and the most powerful engine in the X7 lineup.

2023 bmw alpina xb7

The XB7 continues to use a tuned version of the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 found in the X7 M60i, but while the pre-facelift XB7 made 612 horsepower, the new version boosts that to 630 ponies. Torque stays the same at 590 pound-feet—a 37 pound-foot advantage over the M60i—and BMW says the torque peak arrives 200 rpm earlier, at 1800 rpm, and lasts until 5600 rpm. The latest X7’s V-8 also includes 48-volt hybrid assistance that improves engine responsiveness and efficiency, and Alpina’s version of the 4.4-liter also gains a unique cooling system.

The motor is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission which includes the 48-volt starter-generator, and the XB7 has all-wheel-drive with an electronic limited-slip differential on the rear axle. BMW claims the XB7 can reach 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and run the quarter mile in 12.4 seconds, impressive figures for a vehicle with a curb weight around 6000 pounds. Top speed is said to be 180 mph if the XB7 is outfitted with the performance tire package and 21-inch wheels, which can be added at no extra cost.

2023 bmw alpina xb7

The XB7 rides on an air suspension with unique Alpina dampers, and the SUV can raise its ride height by 1.6 inches below 19 mph. Putting the vehicle in Sport mode or driving over 100 mph lowers the XB7 by 0.8 inches, while Sport+ mode or breaking the 155 mph barrier lowers it by 1.6 inches, although we’re not sure where American Alpina owners would reach these speeds in their colossal SUV.

BMW also says the Alpina gains reinforced torsion struts for increased rigidity, while stiffer rear-axle bushings and the M60i’s electromechanical anti-roll bars are said to reduce body roll. Rear-wheel steering, also found on the M60i, can move the rear wheels by up to 2.3 degrees in either direction. Braking power is provided by four-piston fixed Brembo calipers clamping onto 15.5-inch discs up front and floating calipers with 15.7-inch discs at the rear. The calipers are painted in blue with “Alpina” written in white.

The XB7 is available with two wheel choices. 21-inch Dynamic wheels can be had with 285-width summer or all-season rubber at all four corners. The 20-spoke, 23-inch Classic wheels are standard and are wrapped in Pirelli summer tires, with a staggered setup of 285-width tires up front and 325-width at the rear. Other design changes for the XB7 include a new front bumper with chiseled air intakes and a body-colored rear bumper.

Inside, the XB7 is decked out with a glass Alpina infotainment control dial, a blue illuminated gear selector, illuminated door sills, and a unique steering wheel finished in Lavalina leather with blue and green stitching. The gauge clusters are accented by Alpina blue, changing to Alpina green when in Sport or Sport+ modes, and there are three trim options—Myrtle Luxury wood, Piano lacquer, or Natural Walnut Anthracite.

Pricing for the Alpina XB7 will start at $145,995, with deliveries set to begin in early 2023.

 

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BMW’s X7 was updated for 2023 and on Tuesday the automaker showed off the high-performance version developed by Alpina, the BMW Alpina XB7.

Alpina has been making BMWs go faster for more than 50 years, and has generally operated as a semi-official tuner. However, BMW made the partnership official in March by buying the rights to the Alpina brand. Starting from 2025, Alpina vehicles will be built by BMW at its own plants. Alpina’s own operations will focus on vehicle development, as well as servicing, plus parts and accessories. The move will enable BMW to substantially increase the number of Alpinas built annually from the current rate of only a few thousand vehicles per year.

The updated X7 reaches dealerships this fall and the updated XB7 will follow early next year, also as a 2023 model. Order books for the XB7 are already open and the starting price is confirmed at $145,995, including a $995 destination charge.

Like the regular X7, the updated XB7 sports a new look with split headlights, an illuminated grille, a front end with pronounced air intakes, and an Alpina-specific look at the rear. Alpina also has separate wheel designs for the updated XB7. There are two standard designs, both measuring 21 inches in diameter, as well as a 23-inch option with Alpina’s signature 20-spoke design. Buyers can choose between summer performance tires or all-season run flats.

 

2023 BMW Alpina XB7

The big news concerning the updated XB7 is the new powertrain. It consists of a newly developed twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 mated to a mild-hybrid system. The same engine is found in the X7 but Alpina’s version sports an Alpina-specific engine management system and upgrades to various cooling systems, including the intercooler for the turbocharging system.

The V-8 alone delivers a peak 630 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, and the 48-volt mild-hybrid system can add a temporary boost during high-load situations. Alpina quotes a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds, a quarter-mile ET of 12.4 seconds, and a top speed of 180 mph.

The engine is mated to the same 8-speed automatic transmission used in the X7, albeit with upgrades designed to cope with the extra torque while also providing quicker shifts. Drive is to all four wheels, and a limited-slip differential at the rear axle further helps to improve handling at the limit. All-wheel steering, active roll stabilization, and an air suspension with Alpina-specific damper tuning are standard. Stopping power comes from 4-piston Brembos, with 15.5-inch rotors up front and 15.7-inch rotors in back.

 

2023 BMW Alpina XB7

Alpina also adds its own touches in the cabin, like a new steering wheel and distinctive seat trim. The updated X7 on which this BX7 is based has benefited from a major step up in luxury over the previous X7, including a new design for the center console, as well as the addition of a floating screen for the instrument cluster and infotainment hub, with unique graphics added in the Alpina.

The vehicle runs the latest version of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system and also includes the latest in BMW electronic driver-assist features. One of these is Maneuver Assistant, a feature that can record GPS data and steering inputs for tricky maneuvers, like a tight parking garage at work or a narrow driveway at home, and then execute them automatically. Up to ten maneuvers can be stored.

 

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2023 BMW Alpina XB7 Has 630 HP and That Awkward Face

Priced from $145,995, the Alpina XB7 hits the road early next year.

2023 BMW Alpina XB7

Alpina really knows how to make BMW cars extra cool. We’ve always loved the tuning company’s products, and we don’t see much to dislike about the 2023 Alpina XB7 that debuted Tuesday — aside from the weird split headlights, anyway.

The Alpina XB7 builds off the X7 M60i, meaning it uses BMW’s new twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 with 48-volt mild-hybrid technology. Total output is rated at 630 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, increases of 100 hp and 37 lb-ft. This means the Alpina XB7 can sprint to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, though interestingly, despite the extra power, this is only a 0.1-second improvement over the X7 M60i.

Still, we love the new V8 engine. There’s tons of low-end punch and the 48-volt mild-hybrid system allows the stop/start tech to work smoothly. All-wheel drive is standard, as is an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the Alpina XB7 comes standard with go-fast technologies like an active limited-slip differential and rear-axle steering. The standard X7 drives like a dream, so we’re expecting nothing less from the Alpina, even with its model-specific (read: slightly stiffer) chassis tuning.

Of course, the Alpina updo is about more than performance. Styling touches include those awesome 23-inch wheels with Alpina’s 20-spoke design, though smaller 21-inch wheels are available if you prefer. The illuminated grille has a waterfall lighting look, which outght to look rad at night, and inside, there’s a unique Alpina glass iDrive controller, Lavalina leather, different wood trim and more.

The Alpina XB7 comes standard with pretty much all of the X7’s optional equipment, hence its starting price of $145,995, including a $995 destination charge. BMW says the Alpina XB7 order books will open in September with the first deliveries taking place early next year.

 

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