2021 Alpina XB7 Rockets Past BMW X7 M50i With 612 Horsepower

2021 Alpina XB7 Rockets Past BMW X7 M50i With 612 Horsepower

Published: June 4, 2020 | By: American Luxury Staff

BMW’s relationship with Bavarian carmaker Alpina dates back nearly sixty years at this point, with the partnership between the two firms producing some of the most appealing luxury-performance custom cars in the European market. Alpina versions of BMWs are true hand-made luxury performance cars, which makes the firm’s XB7 an SUV with additional power and a hand-made aesthetic.

Which, in turn, makes it a natural for the U.S. market, although it’s the first Alpina SUV to make it across the pond. Whether that’s BMW’s control of an unadulterated market share in this SUV-loving land of ours, or whether it has more to do with Alpina’s rather studious, retiring brand persona is unknown.

The upshot is that the attractive and very potent sport-utility will soon be available at U.S. BMW dealerships. It boasts a roughly 18% power boost over the X7 that is its foundation, making it an SUV that can do the 0-60 dash in four seconds flat. It can also hit 180 MPH before its tweaked 4.4L V8 BMW engine is topped out. Alpina components added include a custom exhaust, a tweaked suspension, lower clearance, and the paddle-shift automatic gearbox Alpina is famous for among lovers of European luxury-performance cars.

Inside the cabin, Alpina has given the XB7 its characteristically plush treatment, with a Swarovski iDrive knob, Alcantara headliner, and a new instrument layout. Driver assistance features include the BMW Parking Assistant that’s otherwise optional on the X7, among others.

The Alpina XB7 is priced from around $140K.

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