BMW recently just revealed a face-lift for their largest SUV, the X7. The mid-cycle update added a more potent engine and an even sharper, more progressive design. BMW has now followed it up with the reveal of the 2023 Alpina XB7, which gets the same visual upgrades as the X7 along with the most powerful engine in the lineup. The 2023 XB7 comes with a tuned version of the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8, which produces 630 horsepower.
The 2023 BMW Alpina XB7 is scheduled for release in early 2023 and it has a starting price of $145,995. Once released, it is expected to take on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz Maybach GLS, Bentley Bentayga, and Aston Martin DBX.
The 2023 Alpina XB7 has the same twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 that is used in the X7 M60i but has modifications to numerous cooling systems, including the intercooler for the turbocharging system, as well as an engine management system that is exclusive to Alpina.
The new engine gets a boost in power and now produces 630 horsepower compared to the pre-facelift XB7 that made 612 horsepower. The torque is the same as the previous model—590 pound-feet of torque. According to BMW, the torque peak in the new XB7 arrives 200 rpm earlier, at 1800 rpm, and stays there till 5600 rpm. There is a 48-volt mild-hybrid system mated to the V8 engine that increases engine responsiveness and efficiency.
The engine in the Alpina XB7 is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which includes the 48-volt starter-generator. The 2023 XB7 also has all-wheel drive with an electronic limited-slip differential on the rear axle.
According to BMW, the XB7 can go from 0-60 MPH in 3.9 seconds and can run the quarter mile in 12.4 seconds. These numbers are amazing for a car with a curb weight of almost 6000 pounds. The top speed of the SUV is 180 MPH, but only if it is outfitted with the performance tire package and 21-inch wheels, which come at no extra cost.
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The XB7 has a unique Alpina damper system for its air suspension, and it can boost the SUV's ride height by 1.6 inches when traveling below 19 mph. The XB7 is lowered by 0.8 inches when the vehicle is in Sport mode or when traveling above 100 mph, and by 1.6 inches when in Sport+ mode or when exceeding 155 mph.
In addition, BMW claims that the 2023 Alpina XB7 now has stronger torsion struts for greater rigidity. It also has stiffer rear axle bushings and electromechanical anti-roll bars from the M60i that will reduce body roll.
Another thing borrowed from the M60i is the rear-wheel steering, and it has a maximum range of 2.3 degrees in either direction for the rear wheels. For stopping power, the XB7 has four-piston fixed Brembo calipers clamping onto 15.5-inch discs up front and floating calipers with 15.7-inch discs at the back.
There are two different wheel options for the XB7. The 21-inch Dynamic wheels can be fitted with 285-width summer or all-season tires. The 20-spoke, 23-inch Classic wheels are fitted with Pirelli summer tires in a staggered layout, with 285-width tires up front and 325-width in the rear. The XB7 also features a new front bumper with sculpted air intakes and a rear bumper that is body-colored.
The interior of the 2023 XB7 comes with a glass Alpina infotainment control dial, a blue-lit gear selector, illuminated door sills, and a distinctive steering wheel covered in Lavalina leather with blue and green stitching. There are three trim options available: Myrtle Luxury Wood, Piano Lacquer, or Natural Walnut Anthracite. The gauge clusters are highlighted with Alpina blue, which changes to Alpina green while in Sport or Sport+ modes.
The 2023 BMW Alpina XB7 is planned to be released in the US in early 2023, and it will have a starting price of $145,995. It is expected to compete against the likes of ultra-luxurious full-size SUVs such as the Mercedes-Maybach GLS, Bentley Bentayga, and Aston Martin DBX. All three cars are more expensive than the Alpina XB7 and have a starting price of $160,500, $177,000, and $185,900, respectively.
|Car Model||BMW Alpina XB7||Mercedes-Maybach GLS||Bentley Bentayga||Aston Martin DBX|
|Powertrain||4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8||4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8||4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8||4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8|
|Horsepower||630 HP||550 HP||542 HP||542 HP|
|Torque||590 lb-ft||538 lb-ft||568 lb-ft||516 lb-ft|
|Transmission||8-speed automatic||9-speed automatic||8-speed automatic||9-speed automatic|
|0-60 MPH||3.9 seconds||4.8 seconds||4.4 seconds||3.9 seconds|
|Top Speed||180 MPH||155 MPH||180 MPH||193 MPH|
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