Currently ALPINA verified that the facelifted X7 would indeed be obtaining a bigger, far better ALPINA XB7 edition. You can read through far more about that below – but the headline truly just reads as “more”. There’s additional energy than ever – 630 horsepower – many thanks to the M-blessed S68 under the hood. There are a lot more luxurious touches than ever, with particular leather-based options unavailable on the other X7 trims. And there is more existence than at any time, assisted by ALPINA-certain bodywork and the legendary 23-inch wheels.
Although you just cannot obtain a configurator on BMW’s American internet site, you surely can on ALPINA’s site. So I took a appear at the options to see what I could uncover – and start out building my fantastic luxurious tremendous-SUV.
Most of the exterior colour choices on the ALPINA XB7 are held over from the X7 M60i. There are two notable additions: ALPINA Blue and ALPINA Green II. They both appear excellent and unquestionably independent the XB7 from its “lesser” stablemates. Even though I’d like to roll close to in an Ametrin Metallic or Manhattan Inexperienced XB7 just to make folks speculate, I really do not feel I could move up a single of the lovely, much more unique ALPINA shades. I’ll just take mine in eco-friendly, remember to.
You get two wheel possibilities, but it is not like anyone would not get these sweet 23-inch wheels. I jest – the 21-inchers appear tolerable and do soften up the experience a tiny bit (or at minimum did on the previous car). That claimed: I’m gonna take the 23-inch ALPINA Common wheels every time.
Interior choices are also relatively hold-about from the other X7s. You get Extended and Complete Merino leather-based selections – no Sensafin or Sensatec in this article – joined by two distinctive “LAVALINA” inside selections. LAVALINA enables you to create “almost unrestricted possibilities” when it arrives to customization of your interior, and it is expensive – approximately $12,500 for the least high priced a single. I’m fairly common when I appear to my interiors – so I’d choose for the operate-of-the-mill Comprehensive Merino Leather in black for just $2450.
Inside trim options are really wooden-significant, which is fitting for a lavish flagship these as the XB7. Oddly, carbon fiber is the most pricey selection here, which does not in shape the character of the vehicle in my impression anyway. I’d either opt for the ALPINA myrtle (no cost) or walnut (all-around $1000) trim, equally of which do a fantastic position of breaking up the black upholstery. You cannot go wrong with any of them (apart from perhaps carbon fiber). The only other standalone possibility in this area is embossing possibly the ALPINA emblem or lettering in the headrest, either one for $450. Go.
Heaps of very good things below, but in truth, not a whole large amount of it new. Examine the box for Bowers and Wilkins if you care about that sort of point. The base Harman Kardon probably does just wonderful. Luxury choices are largely a la carte, which is nice – stuff like massaging seats looks to exist decidedly different from possibilities like the Panoramic Sky Lounge, meaning you genuinely can establish your XB7 the way you want it. Neat stuff I hope the US sees includes: LAVALINA steering wheel “according to customer”, which implies at minimum customizable steering wheel stitching.
There are even some performance selections offered. You can decide for a “high-performance braking system”, providing drilled rotors and greater-carrying out brake pads. M seat belts are also an choice, which add some flair to the cabin. Lastly, I’d choose for the “CNC milled aluminum” paddle shifters, which is a enormous departure from ALPINA’s traditional “button shifters” on the rear of the steering wheel. And lastly, I’d spring for the Extended Shadowline trim, and I’d even accept the highway-theft price tag of $840 for black exhaust guidelines.
So, just after to some degree flippantly optioning my imaginary XB7, it turns out I have included a whopping practically $22,000 of choices on. Some swift arithmetic implies this beast weighs in at all over practically $170,000 – which is not unheard of for an ALPINA automobile. Loading this up will no question inch it nearer to that $200,000 mark than at any time prior to, which most likely definitely isn’t a issue for any individual who can very seriously consider purchasing one particular of these ludicrous devices anyway.
What does your dream 2023 ALPINA XB7 look like?