Because even the 523-hp X7 M50i won’t be exclusive or powerful enough for some, Alpina has already started testing BMW’s biggest-ever SUV. That’s right, the X7 will likely be one of Alpina’s next models, Alpina CEO Andreas Bovensiepen tells us.
When we tested the X7 xDrive40i, we were impressed by its acceleration to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds. Powered by a 335-hp turbocharged inline-six, the X7 xDrive40i disguised its speed well—a notable feat for an SUV weighing 5,329 pounds as-tested.
BMW X7 pictured
The 2020 X7 M50i is more powerful and heavier still, with a 523-hp 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 and a BMW-estimated 0-60 time of just 4.5 seconds. As for the BMW Alpina XB7 (the hot SUV’s likely name), it could have as much as 600 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, potentially matching the 2020 Alpina B7 and its twin-turbo V-8. Engineering a tall three-row crossover isn’t the same as working on a large luxury sedan with a lower center of gravity, however, so we’ll have to wait to learn more on the potential next best-selling Alpina model in the U.S.
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2020 Alpina B7
As with all Alpina products, count on its version of the X7 to be fully overhauled from exhaust and suspension to steering and tires. A top speed above the 2020 X7 M50i’s 155 mph limit is also possible. Above all else, though, expect an Alpina XB7 to be a comfortable daily driver that just happens to have insanely high limits for an enormous crossover.
Alpina already produces the diesel-powered XD3 and XD4 for other markets, so an XB7 won’t be the automaker’s first SUV, but it could be its most successful. Bovensiepen also points out that an Alpina version of the 8 Series Gran Coupe is also on the automaker’s agenda, so fans of the brand seeking something a little sleeker than an X7 or 7 Series should soon have a sexy alternative.
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