Alpina’s 2021 XB7 is the large ‘M’ performance SUV BMW won’t build itself

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Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” advertisement Say you’re BMW, and you’re unwilling to produce a true M-badged large SUV – that would be one with the “M” in front of its alphanumeric designation rather than with the vaunted letter at the end, as with, say, the X7M 50i – what do you do to satisfy the demand from you clientele for an even faster, more luxurious sport-brute?Well, you turn to Alpina, your brother-from-another-mother – while Alpina is recognized as a completely separate automaker, BMW does assemble certain of the company’s cars with parts sent to its factories from Alpina – and get them to upgrade your uber-SUV offerings. Hence, the new 2021 Alpina XB7, a, well, more luxurious and powerful version of BMW’s flagship SUV.So, starting with BMW’s top-flight engine, the 523-horsepower 553-foot-pounds 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8, Alpina massages both turbochargers (using 53-millimetre turbochargers) and the cooling system – larger intercoolers and then two extra coolers to handle all the extra horsepower – to pump out a thoroughly stellar 612 hp and 590 lb.-ft. of torque. RELATED TAGSAlpinaBMWSedanLuxuryLuxury CarsLuxury VehiclesNew Vehiclescenter_img First Drive: 2020 BMW Alpina B7x5/reviews/comparison/suv-comparison-2019-bmw-x5-vs-2019-porsche-cayenne”>SUV Comparison: 2019 BMW X5 vs. 2019 Porsche CayenneThat makes the XB7 one ginormous SUV capable of accelerating to 100 kilometres an hour from zero in 4.2 seconds, and scamper a full quarter-mile in just 12.6 seconds. A contextual note here: one of the biggest, baddest muscle cars of yore, 1969’s Chevy Camaro ZL1, needed a little over 13 seconds to trip the lights fantastic. Indeed, so endowed is BMW’s beastly SUV it needs to be “limited” to a 290 km/h top speed, lest it melt its tires.Alpina doesn’t stop there. The X7’s eight-speed automatic transmission gets beefed up and the driver gains Alpina’s Switch-Tronic wheel-mounted shift buttons. It also gains a larger oil sump so it can survive all that extra power. The XB7 also gains a beefier limited-slip rear axle – Alpina claims 1,475 foot-pounds of “locking” torque – to better handle the engine’s greater twist. 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Stretch its legs past 250 klicks and it squats down another 20 mils (40 mm in all, or about as much as a McLaren Senna does in Race mode) for seriously ground-hugging aerodynamics.“I was just testing my Sport+ mode’s air suspension,” however, will not be a legal defense if you get caught exercising Alpina’s “new dimension in driving dynamics.” And making sure that everyone understands how fast you could be going if you so chose, the XB7 runs on gargantuan 23-inch dubs, the rear Pirellis measuring an incredible 325/30ZR23.And because it would not be an Alpina without some truly outrageous hedonism inside, the XB7’s Merino leather seats, Alcantara headliner and leather instrument panel are joined by a Panorama Sky Lounge LED Roof, which according to BMW Canada, has LED lighting spread across the “roof’s glass surfaces to illuminate more than 15,000 graphic patterns and generate a display reminiscent of a starlit sky.” RELATED See More Videoslast_img read more