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BMW’s updated 2024 Alpina XB7 sports utility vehicle produces 631 hp

The latest version of the powerful SUV has 19 more horsepower than last year and will drive you right to your front door.

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BMW announced the updated Alpina XB7 at the end of September, based on the equally updated sporty BMW X7 with a new-generation mild-hybrid engine. Canada will get the high-performance variant as a 2024 model, with production starting in late 2023.

While the updated X7 makes up to 530 horsepower in its M60i trim, the XB7 will use a 4.4L bi-turbo V8 that churns out 631 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. Canadian pricing will be announced closer to launch, but already confirmed prices south of the border start at $145,000.

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As with the new X7, the new XB7 has a new front end with an illuminated grille and horizontally split headlights, and has four oval tailpipes integrated into the rear fascia. Seating is for six or seven.

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The all-new engine sprints from zero to 96 km/h in 3.9 seconds, has a top speed of 290 km/h and its 590 lb-ft of torque peaks at 1,800 rpm. Its two twin-scroll turbochargers are fed from a transverse exhaust manifold, and the engine includes an external oil and water cooler. The mild hybrid system uses a 48-volt starter-generator integrated into the eight-speed automatic transmission.

“xDrive” all-wheel drive is standard with an electronically variable limited-slip rear differential calibrated to Alpina specifications, along with air suspension that can be raised or lowered by up to 40.6mm, Alpina dampers and a stiffer rear axle. housings to reduce body tilt. Active rear steering can turn the wheels up to 2.3 degrees to the left for low-speed maneuvering or to the right for better cornering at higher speeds—yes, even if it’s a tall, heavy family truck.

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Brembo brakes are standard, and there will be a choice of 21-inch wheels with summer or all-season run-flat tires; or 23-inch 20-spoke forged alloy wheels with Pirelli performance summer tires.

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As with the X7, the XB7 will feature the latest generation of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, along with automatic parking and trailer assist. The included “Maneuver Assistant” can store up to ten locations you visit regularly, and when you arrive – say the entrance to your driveway – it uses GPS data and memory of your previous driving inputs to turn into them and park. steering, throttle, brake and gear controls.

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Unique to the Alpina version, the sports-ute will also feature an iDrive glass controller, illuminated Alpina door trims and gear lever, an Alpina sports steering wheel and leather upholstery with signature blue and green stitching.

Alpina was founded in 1965 as a family business working in collaboration with BMW on high-performance versions of its production cars. In 1983, it was registered as an independent car manufacturer in Germany. Earlier in 2022, BMW announced that its cooperation agreement with the independent company would expire at the end of 2025, both agreed that Alpina would be sold to the BMW Group.

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