Alpina and BMW are nearly inseparable names, with the two having a history that spans nearly 60 years and endless amounts of high-performance concoctions. The famed automobile firms have now teamed up once again, giving the BMW X7 a heavy dose of muscle under the hood for 2021. Debuting the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7, the updated SUV has received a few major tweaks to its cosmetics and inner-workings.
Mechanically, the Alpina XB7 retains the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter petrol V8 from the specced-out X7 M50i, upping the original 523 horsepower to 612, further adding an additional 37 pound-feet of torque. As a result, the power-serving SUV can hit 60 mph in just 4 seconds, topping out at 180 mph. Improved cooling elements equally lends to the XB7’s performance whereby two additional external water coolers, an enlarged transmission oil cooler, and a low-temperature cooling system have been added. A new stainless steel sports exhaust system ensures that its soundtrack matches the power. Alongside performance changes, Alpina has also reworked the powertrain with a bespoke 8-Speed Sport Automatic Transmission designed alongside ZF, with the suspension able to raise or lower the vehicle by 1.6 inches.
Cosmetically, Alpina has changed the X7’s aerodynamics to incorporate a new front bumper with Alpina spoiler lip. A new rear bumper has also been included, paired alongside a new set of twin tailpipes. 21-inch wheels will come standard with Alpina’s 20-spoke design available if one opts for 23-inch wheels. Finishing the characteristic Alpina reworkings are a glass-accented gear shifter, Alpina logos throughout the cabin and exterior, and an Alpina sport steering wheel.
Take a detailed look at the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 above. The production of the vehicle will be handled at BMW’s Spartanburg, South Carolina plant and will cost $141,300 USD. Deliveries are set for September 2020.
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