The first-ever BMW ALPINA XB7

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Makes every journey a first class adventure and delivers a genuine ALPINA driving experience. The first-ever BMW ALPINA XB7 combines the benefits of a spacious and luxurious Sports Activity Vehicle with superior driving dynamics, unrivalled agility, and a powerful, state-of-the-art ultra-high performance drivetrain.

  • True powerhouse: The 4.4 litre V8 engine with bi-turbo charging delivers an impressive output of 457 kW (621 hp), and a maximum torque of 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) available from just 2000 rpm. The BMW ALPINA XB7 impresses with quick, linear throttle response and on-demand power delivery throughout the entire rpm range.
  • Exceptional driving performance: The BMW ALPINA XB7 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in just 4.2 seconds and can reach a maximum speed of 290 km/h (180 mph)(1), placing it firmly among the highest-performing Sports Activity Vehicles in the world.
  • Driving pleasure in all its facets: The ALPINA Sport Suspension, with two-axle air springs, a finely-balanced damper set-up and Active Roll Stabilization, offers a wide variety of driving experiences ranging from plush ride comfort to advanced, race-inspired dynamics. The Integral Active Steering, while featuring the obvious benefit of small turning circles when manoeuvring, is adapted by ALPINA to provide direct steering response and exceptional directional stability throughout the speed range.
  • Superior road holding: The ride height of the BMW ALPINA XB7 can be lowered by a total of 40 mm (1.6“) for improved handling and driving dynamics, particularly at higher speeds. The optional ALPINA CLASSIC 23“ forged lightweight aluminium wheels are the largest ever fitted to a BMW ALPINA production vehicle. This new wheel significantly reduces unsprung mass, while the unique Pirelli P Zero “ALP” tyres have been specifically developed to meet the demands of the BMW ALPINA XB7 performance envelope. Maximum traction is managed by the electronically-variable rear axle limited-slip differential, in combination with an ALPINA developed variant of BMW’s celebrated xDrive all-wheel drive system.
  • First class cabin: Each detail of the BMW ALPINA XB7 interior design is finely crafted to provide comfort and sensory delight. Three rows of seats – optionally available in premium LAVALINA leather – generously accommodate six or seven occupants. Elegant ALPINA refinements, such as the iDrive Controller in crystal glass with lasered ALPINA logo, contribute to an exquisite interior ambiance.
  • Powerful presence: The exterior design emphasizes power and presence, lends the BMW ALPINA XB7 a unique appearance and improves aerodynamic properties to reduce aerodynamic lift for maximum high-speed stability.
  • Tailored V8 sound: The specially developed ALPINA sport exhaust system is a stainless-steel wonder. Providing both visual and auditory delight, it is designed to reduce back-pressure, and features the bold, natural sound of a powerful V8 engine. The driver can influence the sound by switching between COMFORT and SPORT mode, which controls the active exhaust flaps. Naturally, the two twin tailpipes of the system are integrated elegantly into the ALPINA rear apron.


Ultimate performance: 4.4 litre V8 engine with Biturbo charging

The state-of-the-art high-performance powertrain spawns the powerful and confident character of the new BMW ALPINA XB7 and offers linear power delivery across the entire engine speed range. The engine has been carefully calibrated to reflect the superior driving experience that has been signature to the most-powerful BMW ALPINA models throughout the company’s 55-year history. The engine’s character is best described as an early, torque-filled urgency followed by a surge of mid-range power and a hard charge to redline.

The 4.4 litre V8 engine with bi-turbo charging, petrol direct injection, and BMW’s Valvetronic throttle-less intake system delivers an output of 457 kW (621 hp) and a maximum torque of 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) which is available from an extraordinary 2000 rpm all the way to 5000 rpm. The BMW ALPINA XB7 needs just 4.2 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph), and completes the sprint from 0 to 200 km/h (0 to 124 mph) in just 14.9 seconds. Maximum speed is limited to 290 km/h (180 mph).BMW ALPINA XB7

The engine’s power characteristics and superb throttle response are the result of detailed optimizations of the turbocharging and cooling systems, not to mention ALPINA’s instantly recognizable throttle harmony. Two twin-scroll turbochargers with 54 mm (2.1“) turbines facilitate the near-instantaneous conversion of exhaust gas energy into boost pressure, even at low engine speeds for early maximum torque.

The cooling system with two additional external water coolers, an enlarged transmission oil cooler and a low-temperature cooling system (air/water/air) with ALPINA’s specific intercoolers, ensure thermodynamic stability even under highest loads.BMW ALPINA XB7

The all new, stainless-steel ALPINA sport exhaust system is responsible for the BMW ALPINA XB7’s signature V8 sound. Active exhaust system flaps allow the driver to influence the sound: restrained in COMFORT mode for best possible travel comfort or clearly pronounced in SPORT mode. ALPINA insists on the latest exhaust gas treatment technology using petrol particulate filters to reduce emission values. Fuel consumption measured according to the new and more realistic WLTP measuring cycle (Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure) is 13.9 l/100 km with CO2 emissions of 316 g/km.


Smooth and fast: 8-speed sport automatic transmission & rear-axle limited-slip differential

The new BMW ALPINA XB7 features the latest generation 8-Speed Sport Automatic Transmission with ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC. In cooperation with the experts at ZF, the 8HP76 transmission has been specially designed to cope with the engine’s high torque. Offering unparalleled shift comfort and the capability to execute shifts in tenths of a second means power is delivered effortlessly and instantaneously at all times.

The high-performance transmission unit features an aluminium transmission oil sump located in the underbody where it is cooled effectively.


The complete redesign of the electronics and mechatronics in this new-generation transmission ensures precise operation and responsiveness. In SPORT and SPORT+ modes, shift points are optimized for driving performance and gear shifts are considerably more dynamic. The COMFORT and COMFORT+ mode allow for relaxed, luxurious cruising at low engine rpms even when travelling at highway speeds, taking advantage of the signature ALPINA torque responsiveness.

The BMW ALPINA XB7 drivetrain features an electronically-variable limited-slip differential on the rear axle, with a locking torque of up to 2000 Nm (1475 lb-ft). This improves traction when driving dynamically by ensuring that slip-induced losses are minimized, and torque is distributed effectively to the wheel with the most grip at any given time. The degree of lock is continuously and actively adjusted depending on wheel speed, friction coefficients and steering angle among other things. The behaviour of the limited-slip differential is specifically calibrated to suit the dynamic character of the BMW ALPINA XB7 and it operates in conjunction with the other driving dynamic systems.


A new dimension in driving dynamics: ALPINA sport suspension and tailored kinematics

The BMW ALPINA XB7 is fitted with cutting-edge suspension technology, opening a new dimension in driving dynamics for the performance-luxury Sport Activity Vehicle segment.

The two-axle air suspension with ALPINA specific damper and kinematic set-up are primarily responsible for the balance of driving dynamics and ride comfort. It allows for a remarkable and noticeable 40 mm (1.6“) change in ride height, depending on driving situation and Mode selection. At speeds below 30 km/h (19 mph), the ride height can be raised by 40 mm (1.6“) for challenging ramp angles or other clearance requirements. More importantly, the BMW ALPINA XB7’s ride height can be lowered by 40 mm (1.6“), either dependent on speed or at the driver’s request, resulting in a substantially lower centre of gravity. When selecting SPORT mode or at speeds above 160 km/h (100 mph), the ride height is lowered by 20 mm (0.8“). The ride height is lowered another 20 mm (0.8“) for a total of 40 mm (1.6“) beyond speeds of 250 km/h (155 mph) or when selecting SPORT+ mode. The resulting lower centre of gravity and changes in suspension geometry, with associated increases in negative camber, have a significant positive effect on dynamic handling and road holding.

An ALPINA specific dome-bulkhead strut 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 reduce body roll substantially.


Agility: all-wheel drive & integral active steering

The BMW ALPINA XB7 all-wheel drive is based on the BMW xDrive system, which fully and variably distributes torque as required between the front and rear axles. The ALPINA specific adaptation of the torque distribution maximizes traction and neutral driving dynamics in all conditions.

The Integral Active Steering, standard on the new BMW ALPINA XB7, offers direct steering response with exceptional feedback and improves overall agility. The Active Kinematics Control System from ZF enables the wheels of the rear axle to pivot a maximum of 2.3° left or right. At low speeds, the rear axle steers opposed to the front axle for increased agility and dynamic handling. Conversely, at higher speeds the rear axle steers “with” (congruent to) the front axle for maximum directional stability. The driver can choose from three steering modes: COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+. While in COMFORT mode the focus is on smooth directional stability and safety at higher speeds while the SPORT mode aims to maximize responsiveness.


Excellent road holding with maximum grip: wheels, tyres and brakes

Specially-developed wheel and tyre combinations underscore the powerful, elegant appearance of the BMW ALPINA XB7 and are instrumental in offering impressive levels of grip and road holding.

The new BMW ALPINA XB7 rides on ALPINA DYNAMIC 21“ wheels as standard with high-performance summer runflat tyres, measuring 285/45R21 front and rear (EU-tyre label(4): B/B/ 71 dB).


All new 23“ forged-alloy wheels in the iconic ALPINA CLASSIC 20 spoke design and finished in Anthracite are optionally available. Their high-strength, high-density construction as a result of forging allows a significant weight saving of 13 kg (28 lbs) per vehicle. In collaboration with the experts at Pirelli, the high-performance summer tyres for the 23“ wheels have been explicitly developed and specified for the BMW ALPINA XB7. Measuring 285/35 ZR23 at front and 325/30 ZR23 rear (EU-tyre label(4): E/B/ 73 dB front, C/B/ 73 dB rear), they provide impressive grip and guaranteed visual presence around town.

Four-piston fixed brake callipers from Brembo with brake discs of 395 x 36 mm (15.5 x 1.4“) diameter on the front axle and floating brake callipers with brake discs of 398 x 28 mm (15.7 x 1.1“) diameter on the rear axle offer excellent and consistent deceleration. Brake callipers are finished in ALPINA Blue and feature a white ALPINA logo. The optionally available high-performance brake system with light-weight drilled brake discs and highly heat-resistant brake pads offers even more direct pedal feedback and thermodynamic reserves.


The best of look, touch and feel: design and equipment

Expressive presence: every detail of the new BMW ALPINA XB7‘s design conveys dynamic luxury. The powerful appearance is accentuated by a progressive design language, elegant details and precise contours.

The front apron with large air intakes and free-floating ALPINA lettering is aerodynamically optimized to reduce uplift for maximum high-speed stability. Large air intakes facilitate the effective flow of air to the high-performance ALPINA cooling system. At the rear the ALPINA sport exhaust system with two twin tailpipes is beautifully integrated into the design of the ALPINA rear apron. The middle of the rear apron is accentuated by small diffusor fins.BMW ALPINA XB7

The generous interior features three rows of seats as standard. The second row either features a rear bench with three seats or – optionally – two comfortable individual seats with integrated armrests. Depending on the seat configuration, the luggage compartment provides capacity ranging from 750 to 2.120 litres. For comfortable loading, the BMW ALPINA XB7 can be lowered by up to 50 mm (2“) at the push of a button that is located in the luggage compartment.BMW ALPINA XB7

An extensive range of standard equipment including high-end Merino Leather, Comfort Seats, Seat Heating, Soft-Close Doors, Alcantara Headlining and a Leather Instrument Panel ensure maximum comfort and a luxurious ambiance for driver and passengers. The three-part panoramic glass sunroof contributes to a light and airy atmosphere in the interior.BMW ALPINA XB7

The interior features a whole set of distinguishing details and features which set it apart from the mainstream: exclusive ‚Crafted Clarity‘ glass application and iDrive controller in ALPINA design, blue illuminated gear selector switch, ALPINA production plaque, illuminated ALPINA door sills and the unique ALPINA Sport Steering Wheel hand-finished in finest LAVALINA leather and featuring trademark Blue/ Green stitching. In addition to the ALPINA Myrtle Luxury Wood interior trim, two further ALPINA trim variants are optionally available: Piano lacquer and all new Natural Walnut Anthracite. Each of the ALPINA wood trim variants features the ALPINA roundel logo.BMW ALPINA XB7

The full-colour digital instrument display with ALPINA design offers advanced configuration options, sport displays, and customisable views, and forms part of a large display combination with BMW’s traditional driver orientation. The cockpit design offers a convincing user experience, with intuitive operation via touch display, direct selection buttons, or iDrive Controller, voice, or gesture control. The BMW Driving Assistant Professional included as standard offers a high degree of active safety with its comprehensive package of innovative assistance systems.BMW ALPINA XB7

The in-house ALPINA leather workshop offers customers almost unlimited possibilities to create their own interior compositions: piping, stitching, embroidery and embossing, made to customer specifications, add a personal touch to the ALPINA interior design. The untreated LAVALINA leather extends the BMW equipment range with the highest quality natural material used in the automotive industry. Connoisseurs particularly value the comfort and climate properties of this special leather.


BMW ALPINA XB7 Technical Specifications


Cylinders V8
Capacity (cc) 4395
Bore (mm) 89,0
Stroke (mm) 88,3
Compression ratio (:1) 10,5
Max output (kW (hp) / rpm) 457 (621) / 5500-6500
Max torque (Nm / 1/min) 800 / 2000-5000
Engine management BOSCH DME 8.8.T
Fuel type 98-octane
Emissions classification Euro 6d ISC-FCM


Type 8-Speed Sport-Automatic ZF 8HP76 SWITCH-TRONIC
1st 5,00
2nd 3,20
3rd 2,14
4th 1,72
5th 1,31
6th 1,00
7th 0,82
8th 0,64
Final drive ratio 3,38

Wheels and tyres

Standard wheels and tyres ALPINA DYNAMIC 21”
Front 9.5 x 21” 285/45 R21
Rear 9.5 x 21” 285/45 R21


Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s) 4,2
Top speed (km/h) 290**

Fuel consumption *

Urban (l/100km) 16,0
Extra-urban (l/100km) 9,7
Combined (l/100km) 12,0
CO2 emissions combined (g/km) 274
CO2 efficiency E


Length (mm) 5151
Width (mm) 2000 (2218)
Height, unladen (mm) 1797
Wheelbase (mm) 3105
Track, front (mm) 1682
Track, rear (mm) 1703
Luggage capacity (l) 750 – 2120
Fuel tank capacity (l) 83


Unladen (EU) (kg) 2655
Max permissible (kg) 3290
Permitted load (kg) 710
Max axle load, front (kg) 1455
Max axle load, rear (kg) 1950
Max trailer load, braked (kg) 3500
Max trailer load, unbraked (kg) 750

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