Alpina XB7 gains V8 mild-hybrid powertrain and new design Car News

The Alpina XB7, the upgraded version of the German performance company’s BMW X7 SUV, has received numerous upgrades including a new V8 engine, updated driver assistance technology and an exterior redesign.

Under-hood changes focus on a new 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 powertrain. It features mild-hybrid technology for the first time, though peak outputs remain unchanged at 612 hp and 590 lb-ft.

Despite a slight increase in weight (up to 2730kg from 2655kg), the XB7’s 0-62mph sprint time is also the same as before, at 4.2 seconds. Top speed is 180 mph.

Alpina says the mild-hybrid technology supplied by BMW comes in the form of a 48V starter-generator and improves the model’s efficiency and responsiveness. A new cross-banked exhaust manifold “also delivers an exciting V8 soundtrack,” the company said.

The car sports a new front end, including a modified design of two horizontally separated twin headlights. A new illuminated grille has been fitted, while new air intakes added contribute to what the firm calls a “powerful appearance”. At the rear, the XB7 has four tailpipes.

Inside, the XB7 gets the latest version of BMW’s iDrive infotainment, based on the company’s eighth-generation operating system. It adds new features such as BMW’s intelligent personal assistant. Over-the-air updates are also included as standard.

Prices for the XB7 start from €170,500 (£143,460) in Germany, but UK pricing has yet to be disclosed. Further details on standard equipment will be available from May 2022.

Alpina says left-hand drive versions of the XB7 are now available for preliminary orders, with first deliveries taking place in December 2022. Orders for the right-hand drive versions will open in September before production begins in December.

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This notice was published: 2022-04-14 11:25:18

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