Alpina XB7 takes the BMW X7 M50i up to 11

Alpina XB7 coming to Australia in 2020

The Alpina XB7 sees the German tuning house turn up the BMW X7 M50i to 457kW and 800Nm. It’ll be available in Australia early next year (2021).

What you’re looking at here is the first-ever Alpina version of a BMW X model. In this case, it went all out, grabbing the X7 M50i and throwing the works at it.

It’s now called the XB7 and takes the bi-turbo 4.4-litre V8 and cranks the thing up to 457kW and 800Nm of torque from just 2000rpm (up from 390kW and 750Nm). It’ll get to 100km/h in just 4.2 seconds.

The XB7 continues with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system but key areas have been tweaked, like the brakes which have been embiggened to four-piston Brembo units with 395mm discs at the front and 398mm discs at the rear. The exhaust now features active flaps the driver can control to the noise, from “restrained” in Comfort mode to, er, not restrained in Sport mode.

There are several driving modes which all tweak the air suspension, able to drop the ride height by up to 40mm in Sport+ mode or when driving at more than 250km/h. The XB7 rides standard on 21-inch alloys with 23-inch wheels available as a cost option.

Alpina XB7 interior

On the inside, the seats are covered in Lavalina leather with Alpina touches like the crystal glass iDrive controller with Alpina lasered into it. The steering wheel is also covered in Lavalina leather with blue and green contrast stitching.

Pricing hasn’t been released yet. Stay tuned.

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Isaac Bober has been writing about cars and 4x4s for more than 20 years, has worked on some of the country's biggest motoring magazines (remember what they were?), and launched Practical Motoring. Now he's back, back again... to share dad jokes and much more.


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