Currently reading: Alpina XB7 gains V8 mild-hybrid powertrain and fresh design
Revised SUV also has new iDrive system, over-the-air updates and BMW's illuminated front grille

The Alpina XB7, the German performance firm’s upgraded version of the BMW BMW X7 SUV, has gained a host of upgrades, including a new V8 engine, updated driver assistance tech and an exterior redesign. 

Changes under the bonnet are focused on a new 4.4-litre bi-turbo V8 powertrain. It features mild-hybrid technology for the first time, although peak outputs are unchanged at 612bhp and 590lb ft.

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

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

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 newly added air intakes contribute to what the firm calls a “powerful appearance”. At the rear, the XB7 features four tailpipes.

Inside, the XB7 gains the latest version of BMW’s iDrive infotainment, based on the firm's eighth-generation operating system. It adds fresh 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 prices have not yet been disclosed. Further details of standard equipment will be available from May 2022. 

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


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Rodester 14 April 2022
Dear god, what is this? Only something as awkward, absurd and dysfunctional could come out of Germania, what has the Boche done to my eyes. When the new Range Rover hits the road, dieser wird vor den Feind kommen und besiegt werden!
Pietro Cavolonero 14 April 2022

2.75 ton of ugliness that even a mother wouldn't love and the cheeky feckahs want £150K for it!?!

Fools and their money........

Peter Cavellini 15 April 2022

Really!, with the troubles in the World affecting us all in some way, making an assumption post isn't what we should be saying, Happy Easter !

harf 14 April 2022

Maybe this is why BMW had to buy Alpina, perhaps they otherwise refused to put their name to this monstrosity!

Pietro Cavolonero 14 April 2022

True, very true but sad

Bob Cholmondeley 14 April 2022

Every bit as much of an evil looking munter, as the standard car...