Alpina is readying its version of the BMW X7. A prototype has been recently spotted at the Nürburgring while testing.
It will be the first Alpina’s SUV to reach the USA. This 600-hp high-performance vehicle is an alternative to the BMW X7 M, to some extent. The latter is not in the pipeline so far.
Car and Driver’s photographers managed to make some shots of the Alpina XB7 (this is how they call the model) on the Nürburgring race track in Germany.
The SUV will be powered by a modified version of the twin-turbo 4.4-liter 8-cylinder engine. The BMW X7 50i and the X7 M50i use the similar unit, but Alpina’s one is more powerful. It delivers 600 hp and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque. Acceleration 0-60 mph will take under 4.0 seconds.
The XB7 will likely have an upgraded 8-speed automatic gearbox and xDrive all-wheel drive with different tuning, larger brakes, a variable exhaust system with quad tailpipes and a lowered air-suspension setup.
Expect Alpina-specific styling features: a deeper front splitter, huge multi-spoke wheels, new rear spoiler and diffuser, side skirts, blue or green colors, leather and wood trim options, distinctive graphics.
The Alpina XB7 may debut next month in Frankfurt to go on sale later on. The price will be around $130,000.