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Alpina is an independent tuning firm and coachbuilder specializing in modifying BMWs, churning out the likes of the 7 Series-based B7 and other high-performance versions of BMW models that we unfortunately don’t get on our shores. With the new full-size X7 crossover out, Alpina has another model to tinker with.
From the get-go, the new X7 is available in base form with the company’s venerable turbocharged 3.0-liter 335-horsepower inline-six, while those craving more oomph can opt for the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter 523-horsepower V-8.
Bovensiepen told Automobile to expect at least 600 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque from the new Alpina XB7. That of course implies that Alpina will utilize the V-8 model as the base.
In addition to the uprated power, the XB7 should also receive bespoke interior and exterior appointments such as higher-grade leather, unique color and wheel options, a subtly more aggressive body kit, and other special additions.
Although not officially confirmed, BMW is rumored to be working on a full-fledged M version of the X7 in the event Mercedes-Benz produces another AMG version of its flagship GLS Class. So it’ll be interesting to see how Alpina’s XB7 sells in competition with BMW’s coveted M Division.
He also said that prospective customers should also expect Alpina versions of the new 8 Series as well.
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