Alpina, now BMW’s internal luxury tuning wing, has revamped the XB7. Sporting a new front fascia and some new technology inside, the revamped SUV is sure to impress and intimidate wherever you go. And it is a special renovation, which will not go unnoticed at all, and that aspires to be among the most striking cars of the moment.
Part of its aesthetic
The biggest change has been made to the front of the SUV, where its lighting design was updated for 2023, following the same design as the rest of the X7 line. The new, slim headlights are underlined by a second row of darkened lighting elements surrounding BMW’s “Iconic Glow” kidney grille. The front and rear skirts have also been updated and adopt what Alpina calls its new design vocabulary. The chrome mustache of the current model is also gone.
The hood of the car is elongated forward, and pairs perfectly with the optics that in this case come inside a thin transparent layer; It should be noted that all its lights have advanced LED technology. The grille is chrome, split, and just above it is the manufacturer’s slogan. On the sides of the bumper we have two large air inlets that support the inlets of the central lower part and the lower ones, which stand out with the name of the preparer right in the center.
On the sides silver alloy wheels or wheels, door locks of the same smell of the body, mirror housings that combine with the black color, black roof grille to carry cargo or light luggage, among other details. Alpina released a single photo of the 2023 XB7, which also appears to be CGI, so we’ll have to wait until a full photo gallery arrives.
The mechanical part of the car
Under the hood, the 2023 XB7 has the latest generation of BMW’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, which benefits from mild hybrid assistance and a new cross-bench exhaust manifold for an even more exciting soundtrack and faster response from the turbos. However, the power remains the same with 612 horsepower (621 PS / 457 kW) and an interesting 800 Nm of torque. That allows the SUV to reach a top speed of 290 kilometers per hour (180 mph) and reach 100 kilometers per hour from zero in just 4.2 seconds.
Interesting suspension changes
Air suspension on both axles and Alpina’s specific kinematic and damping configurations are included as standard. At speeds below 30 km/h (19 mph), the suspension automatically lifts to improve clearance, while at higher speeds, it automatically descends to improve aerodynamics.
It sits on specially developed wheel and tire combinations that start with 21-inch “Alpina Dynamic” wheels wrapped in high-performance runflat tires. However, those looking for a little more visual impact can opt for the 20-spoke “Alpina Classic” 23-inch forged alloy wheels that come wrapped in Pirelli rubber.
Inside the cabin
Inside, Alpina offers its family range of bespoke leather upholstery and the XB7 is powered by the latest BMW 8 operating system, which enables intuitive voice controls provided by BMW’s Intelligent Personal Assistant.
The 2023 BMW Alpina XB7 is open for preliminary orders in European markets (except the UK), with deliveries expected to begin in December. For the U.S. and right-hand drive markets, production will begin in December 2022, with order books likely to open in September.