Alpina BMW XB7
Impressive driving dynamics, explosive performance, luxurious comfort. For 2023, the BMW ALPINA XB7 benefits from a number of upgrades, including a new generation engine, an even sharper and more progressive design and advances in driver assistance and connectivity. The new 4.4-liter ALPINA V8 with BMW Mild Hybrid technology now produces 630PS (up to 18PS compared to the previous generation) and 590Nm of torque, firmly positioning the XB7 among the best performing Sports Activity Vehicles in the world.
New generation of engines: 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with mild-hybrid technology
The BMW ALPINA XB7 2023 is equipped with a brand new V8 engine, now with BMW Mild Hybrid technology. Through extensive development efforts, the ALPINA engineers have adapted the powerful eight-cylinder engine (S68) specifically to the ALPINA transmission philosophy. One feature is the high torque output of 590 lb-ft, available from just 1,800 rpm up to 5,600 rpm. The high power reserves of the engine are always effortlessly available, and this is precisely the essence of the ALPINA superior driving experience. The twin-turbo turbocharged V8 engine generates 630 hp from 4.4-liter displacement and delivers outstanding driving performance: the luxurious 7-seat SAV accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, completes the ¼-mile sprint in just 12.4 seconds and can reach a top speed of 180 mph with the available 21-inch wheel and high-performance tire package (a free option).
In this latest generation of V8 engines, BMW has implemented a cross-bank exhaust manifold that distributes the exhaust gas flow evenly to the two Twin Scroll turbochargers. This makes the turbochargers highly responsive. Featured BMW lightweight hybrid technology improves efficiency; its intelligent system controls allow the combustion engine to operate at very high efficiencies for a given load range at constant speeds. In addition, the 48-volt starting generator located inside the transmission improves the responsiveness of the high-performance engine by using the electric motor mount as needed.
State-of-the-art BMW engine technology is augmented by an ALPINA-specific engine management system and a high-performance cooling system consisting of an enlarged and optimized main engine radiator with integrated transmission radiator, external radiators of the engine oil and water and a low temperature cooling circuit (air / water / air) for the specific ALPINA intercooler system. Cross-section optimized coolant hoses ensure maximum flow rate.
Smooth and fast: 8-speed sports automatic and active LSD
The latest generation of drivetrains with integrated 48 Volt Mild Hybrid technology offers comfort and performance at the highest level. The 8-speed sports automatic transmission with industry-original ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC steering wheel-mounted shift buttons responds to driver inputs within milliseconds. Depending on the driving and transmission mode chosen, the 8-speed sports automatic transmission offers unprecedented shifting comfort and the ability to shift in fractions of a second, which means power is delivered effortlessly and instantly in every moment.
Effective torque distribution is ensured by the intelligent xDrive all-wheel drive system and an electronically variable limited-slip differential on the rear axle. This improves traction during dynamic driving, ensuring that slippage-induced losses are minimized and torque is effectively distributed to the wheel with the most grip at any given time. The degree of locking is continuously and actively adjusted based on wheel speed, coefficients of friction and steering angle, among other factors. The behavior of the limited slip differential is specifically calibrated to match the dynamic character of the BMW ALPINA XB7 and works in conjunction with the other driving stability systems.
Driving comfort and driving dynamics: ALPINA Sport suspension and kinematics
The BMW ALPINA XB7 2023 is equipped with the latest suspension technology, opening a new dimension in both ride comfort and driving dynamics in the high-performance luxury Sports Activity Vehicle segment.
The two-axle air suspension with shock absorbers and kinematics specific to ALPINA are mainly responsible for the balance between driving dynamics and ride comfort. It allows a noticeable and noticeable variation in ground clearance of 1.6 inches, depending on the driving situation or the chosen suspension mode. At speeds below 19 mph, ride height can be increased by 1.6 inches for challenging ramp angles or other clearance requirements. In SPORT mode or above 100 mph, ground clearance is reduced by 0.8 inches and by 1.6 inches in SPORT + mode or above 155 mph. The resulting lower center of gravity and subsequent modifications to the suspension geometry, with the associated increase in negative camber, have a significant positive effect on driving dynamics.
ALPINA specific dome bulkhead struts and reinforced torsion struts increase body rigidity. In addition, the electromechanical anti-roll bars of the Active Roll Stabilization System and stiffer rear axle bushings significantly reduce roll.
Integral Active Steering offers direct steering response with exceptional feedback and improves overall agility. The rear wheels can rotate up to 2.3 ° to the left or right, increasing agility at low speeds and promoting maximum directional stability at high speeds. The driver can choose between three driving modes: COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT +.
Excellent road holding with maximum grip: wheels, tires and brakes
The specially developed wheel and tire combinations underline the powerful and elegant appearance of the BMW ALPINA XB7 and are instrumental in delivering impressive levels of grip and road holding, especially for a vehicle in this size category.
The BMW ALPINA XB7 offers two wheel styles. The 21 “ALPINA DYNAMIC wheels can be fitted with high performance summer or all season runflat tires, size 285 / 45R21 front and rear.
Beautiful 23-inch forged alloy wheels in the iconic 20-spoke ALPINA CLASSIC design and finished in anthracite are now standard. Their high strength, high density construction as a result of forging allows for a significant weight saving of 7 lbs. per wheel. In collaboration with Pirelli experts, the high-performance summer tires for the 23-inch wheels were developed and explicitly specified for the BMW ALPINA XB7. Measuring 285 / 35ZR23 in front and 325/3 ZR23 in rear, they offer impressive grip and visual presence.
Fixed four-piston Brembo brake calipers with 15.5-inch brake discs on the front axle and floating brake calipers with 15.7-inch brake discs on the rear axle deliver powerful and consistent deceleration. The brake calipers are finished in ALPINA Blue and feature the white ALPINA lettering.
Powerful and progressive: design
The new front view is dominated by a modified lighting design with horizontally separated dual headlights. In addition, the illuminated double kidney glow adds a new design accent: a cascade of light, which can also be activated while driving, draws attention to the characteristic BMW kidney. The striking new air intake design vocabulary is taken from the ALPINA front apron to create a powerful and perfectly contoured appearance. At the other end, the four oval tailpipes of the sports exhaust system are beautifully integrated into the ALPINA rear apron.
Technology, connectivity, craftsmanship: equipment
The latest generation of BMW iDrive adds a new digital dimension to vehicle-driver interaction. The technological basis is provided by the BMW iDrive 8 operating system in combination with intuitive control options such as the exceptional voice control offered by the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. The degree of customization of the displays has reached a new level, even in the standard head-up display with optimized graphics performance. In accordance with the BMW design principle “eyes on the road – hands on the wheel”, all displays offer a logical orientation of the driver and can also be adapted to the individual needs of the drivers. Third party app integration works flawlessly.
As for the driver assistance systems, the BMW ALPINA XB7 offers the Active Driving Assistant Plus and the Parking Assistant Professional as standard. Parking Assistant Professional now includes Maneuver Assistant and Trailer Assistant.
The maneuver assistant uses GPS data and the trajectory data of the steering inputs to record and store up to ten different maneuvers covering a maximum distance of 200 meters each. When the XB7 arrives at a stored GPS point, such as the entrance to a narrow driveway with tight curves, the system will be able to perform all the tasks necessary to complete the maneuver, controlling the throttle, brakes and steering as well as shifting gears for go forwards or backwards.
Trailer Assistant gives the driver an improved view of the path of a coupled trailer and enables steering inputs via the iDrive controller, helping the driver to reverse the trailer precisely. Updates and software updates can be downloaded to the vehicle over the air via Remote Software Update.
Inside, the large curved display allows the digital instrument cluster and central control display to be merged into one unit. The digital instrument cluster gauges are in the iconic ALPINA Blue. In SPORT and SPORT + modes, the green ALPINA resistance indicators provide a design accent.
The interior has many distinctive details and features that set it apart from the mainstream: glass iDrive controller with ALPINA design, blue illuminated gear selector, ALPINA production license plate, illuminated ALPINA door sills and the exclusive ALPINA sports steering wheel finished in hand with the best finishes LAVALINA leather and with Blue / Green stitching of the brand. In addition to the ALPINA Myrtle Luxury Wood interior claddings, two other ALPINA cladding variants are available on request: Piano lacquer and Natural Walnut Anthracite. Each of the ALPINA wood finish variants features the round ALPINA logo.