Skip advert
Advertisement

Alpina XB7 spied looking grim on the Nürburgring

And the award for 2019’s most tasteless new car goes to…

Alpina has been spied testing what will be its biggest model ever, due to be called the XB7. It’ll be based on the BMW X7, itself hardly a masterclass in elegant and restrained luxury car design, and now Alpina looks to be doubling down on the controversial model with its own take that could only be described as an automotive Herman Munster.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Details remain thin, but we expect Alpina’s X7 to be petrol powered, alluding to an XB7 nomenclature in keeping with the traditional naming convention. As such, BMW’s 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 should rise in power compared to that in the current M50i flagship, boasting somewhere in the region of 600bhp. That V8 will likely be connected to the usual eight-speed automatic transmission and power all four wheels.

> Click here for our review of the BMW X7 30d

As is also Alpina convention, the XB7’s body styling will have its origins in the standard-body X7, rather than the M Sport or M Performance variants, therefore keeping it’s heavy use of chromwork. Alpina will, however, apply its own lower clips front and rear, as well as offer what look to be at least 22-inch, or perhaps even 23-inch Alpina classic multi-spoke wheels.

Expect the same suite of Alpina elements to be applied in the cabin too, as well as bespoke tuning for the adaptive air-suspension, steering and traction control systems. The standard X7 already drives as one would expect of an SUV pushing 2.3-tons, but whether Alpina intends on sharpening the dynamic package, or instead aims for a more relaxed driving experience, remains to be seen. 

Likely to be most popular in markets such as the Middle East and the US, the Alpina XB7’s appeal will surely be limited in the UK thanks to its thirsty V8 petrol engine, and if you’ve not already noticed our somewhat skeptical tone, we’re dearly hoping it will remain that way.

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

Lotus Elise S2 v Toyota MR2 Mk3 v Porsche Boxster S 987: The best affordable mid-engined sports cars
Used mid-engined bargains
Group tests

Lotus Elise S2 v Toyota MR2 Mk3 v Porsche Boxster S 987: The best affordable mid-engined sports cars

Everyone should own a mid-engined car at least once in their life, and the S2 Elise, Mk3 MR2 and 987 Boxster S are brilliant places to start
15 Jun 2024
How bad are modern car user interfaces? We ask an airline pilot
Technology overload
Features

How bad are modern car user interfaces? We ask an airline pilot

Do today’s touchscreen car user interfaces ask too much of the driver? And how can they be improved? We get an Airbus pilot’s expert opinion
18 Jun 2024
Porsche Cayenne GTS 2024 review – the SUV that might get you out of an RS6
Porsche Cayenne GTS – front
Reviews

Porsche Cayenne GTS 2024 review – the SUV that might get you out of an RS6

The new Cayenne model offensive continues with the introduction of the GTS, the sweet-spot in the line-up.
18 Jun 2024