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2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 review: Our expert's take

By Brian Normile

Competes with: Mercedes-AMG GLS63, Mercedes-AMG G63, BMW X7 M50i

Looks like: A really fast tiny house

Powertrain: Twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 producing 612 horsepower and 590 pounds-feet of torque; eight-speed automatic transmission; standard all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Ordering opens in May; dealership arrival September

BMW is adding another performance SUV to its lineup, but rather than give it the full M treatment like it did with the X3, X4 and X5, the X7 is instead handed off to Alpina, the BMW-affiliated tuning house and manufacturer. Thus, the XB7 is born.

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On the outside, the XB7 gets the usual sort of accoutrements to let onlookers know this is a performance vehicle. That includes standard 21-inch wheels wrapped in performance rubber, with 23-inchers as optional equipment. The front bumper is covered in massive air intakes, and there’s “Alpina” lettering above the front splitter. The rear bumper showcases the XB7’s Alpina sport exhaust and has diffuser fins to improve aerodynamic performance.


Despite the performance of the XB7, Alpina doesn’t forget about luxury, with standard Merino leather upholstery covering BMW’s multicontour front seats with standard seat heating, a leather-wrapped instrument panel and an Alcantara simulate suede headliner. A three-panel panoramic sunroof is also standard, and BMW’s ambient Panorama Sky Lounge LED Roof is optional. Taking a page from BMW-owned Rolls-Royce, this can replicate a starlit night sky or display over 15,000 different patterns. Seating is for six or seven, with either a second-row bench seat or optional captain’s chairs.

Other high-end touches inside include an Alpina sport steering wheel with Alpina’s signature blue and green stitching, BMW’s Crafted Clarity glass finishes and an Alpina-specific controller for the iDrive infotainment system, which has been further customized by Alpina and is displayed on a 12.3-inch screen. A second 12.3-inch digital display is used for the instrument panel.

Engine and Transmission

Under the XB7’s giant hood is a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 that pumps out 612 horsepower and 590 pounds-feet of torque. BMW claims that’s good enough to hustle the three-row SUV from 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds, and with the standard 21-inch wheels and performance tires BMW says the XB7 can finish a quarter-mile in 12.6 seconds on its way to an electronically limited 180 mph top speed.

Alpina cars also use their own ZF-developed transmissions, in this case an eight-speed automatic that was designed specifically to handle the massive amounts of twist produced by the V-8. Sport and Sport Plus drive modes optimize shift points for increased performance, while Comfort and Comfort Plus modes keep the revs lower for leisurely cruising.

An electronically controlled limited-slip differential helps get all that torque to the wheels with the most grip, and has been “specifically calibrated to suit the dynamic character of the BMW Alpina XB7 and it operates in conjunction with the other driving dynamic systems.”

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All-wheel drive is standard, and to help slow down the big SUV it’s been equipped with Brembo brakes — the front has four-piston calipers and 15.5-by-1.4-inch diameter discs, and the rear uses floating calipers and 15.7-by-1.1-inch discs.

BMW’s Driving Assistant Professional Package is standard equipment, giving the XB7 standard forward collision detection with automatic emergency braking capable of detecting pedestrians and cyclists, as well as blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist with side collision detection and adaptive cruise control with BMW’s Extended Traffic Jam Assistant.

Also standard is BMW’s Parking Assistant Professional Package, which is capable of detecting a suitable parallel parking space and parking automatically. A surround-view 3D camera and parking sensors assist drivers in manual parking situations.

The Alpina XB7 will be available for ordering this month with deliveries scheduled to begin in September.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

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has everything one could want: comfort/performance

I wanted a safe, powerful, and comfortable large SUV for family use. I read about the Alpina modification of BMW's X7, the XB7. The entire family has fallen in love with the car. We look for excuses to drive it.

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