Updated: ALPINA launches new pinnacle large SUV model – the XB7

ALPINA has launched its first-ever large SUV, with the unveiling of the 2020 BMW ALPINA XB7 overnight. The pinnacle model for the brand, it presents a uniquely luxurious vehicle with towering performance in all conditions.

As we’ve come to expect from ALPINA, they’ve taken the best and made it better, with a powerhouse 4.4-litre bi-turbo V8 petrol engine delivering 457kW of power and 800Nm of torque driving all four wheels.

Quick, linear throttle response and on-demand power delivery throughout the entire rev range ensures an exceptional driving performance, with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds, with a top speed of 290km/h.

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Fitted with sport suspension, with two-axle air springs, a finely-balanced damper set-up and active roll stabilization, it offers a wide variety of driving experiences ranging from plush ride comfort to advanced, race-inspired dynamics.

The integral active steering, while featuring the obvious benefit of small turning circles when manoeuvring, has been adapted by ALPINA to provide direct steering response and exceptional directional stability throughout the speed range.

Ride height can be lowered by up to 40mm for improved handling and driving dynamics, particularly at higher speeds. The optional ALPINA CLASSIC 23-inch forged lightweight aluminium wheels are the largest ever fitted to a BMW ALPINA production vehicle.

This new wheel significantly reduces un-sprung mass, while the unique Pirelli P Zero ALP tyres have been specifically developed to meet the demands of the BMW ALPINA XB7 performance envelope.

Maximum traction is managed by the electronically-variable rear axle limited-slip differential, in combination with an ALPINA developed variant of BMW’s celebrated xDrive all-wheel drive system.

The exterior design emphasises power and presence, lending the BMW ALPINA XB7 a unique appearance that also improves aerodynamic properties to reduce aerodynamic for maximum high-speed stability.

The specially developed ALPINA sport exhaust system is a stainless-steel wonder. Providing both visual and auditory delight, it is designed to reduce back-pressure, and features the bold, natural sound of a powerful V8 engine.

The driver can influence the sound by switching between COMFORT and SPORT mode, which controls the active exhaust flaps. Naturally, the two twin tailpipes of the system are integrated elegantly into the ALPINA rear apron.

Inside, each detail of the BMW ALPINA XB7 interior design is finely crafted to provide comfort and sensory delight. Three rows of seats – optionally available in premium LAVALINA leather – generously accommodate six or seven occupants.

Elegant ALPINA refinements, such as the iDrive Controller in crystal glass with lasered ALPINA logo, contribute to an exquisite interior ambiance.

ALPINA Automobiles Australia has also confirmed that the BMW ALPINA XB7 will come to Australia, with first deliveries expected early in 2021. It will be priced at $264,900 plus on roads. It can be ordered now.

Inside the 2020 BMW ALPINA XB7 (overseas model shown)
Mark Holgate
Mark Holgate
A journalist with more than 24 years experience, Mark Holgate has worked with a number of regional, suburban and metropolitan newspapers, as well as stints with motoring specific publications like Which Car? Motorsport News, Auto Action and Street Machine. He is also a contributor to DriveTribe.


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