ALPINA, a future subsidiary of the BMW Group, has announced that the updated XB7 will be officially launched early next year. When it arrives, it will receive not only the X7 LCI’s styling and technical updates, but also the S68 engine. In fact, the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 installed on the M60i will adopt light-hybrid technology for extra efficiency and a temporary power boost.
ALPINA’s XB7 LCI will offer a whopping 630 horsepower, according to preliminary specifications released by the parent company, which is set to happen soon. 590 pound-feet (800 Newton-meters), the torque number will be carried. As a refresher, the current full size SUV pampered at Buchloe has 612 hp. These additional 18 horses will make it the BMW Group’s most powerful manufacturing vehicle, adopting the M5 CS. However, it will not be the company’s most powerful vehicle. Why? Because XM is coming with 700 hp courtesy of a plug-in hybrid V8 by the end of the year.
Again, the ALPINA variant will be the closest thing to the BMW X7 M, packing significantly more power than the Bavarian M Performance SUV. The X7 M50i is going to make room for the M60i with 523 hp or 107 hp less than the XB7. The acceleration figures provided by the manufacturer show no change because the sprint would take the same four seconds flat at 60 miles per hour. When fully tilted, the luxurious mastodont will do 180 mph (290 km / h) or the same as before.
Since the Facelifted XB7 won’t hit the market until early 2023, no official picture has been released. However, it is easy to imagine how ALPINA will modify the BMW X7 M60i for the flagship version of the SUV. In addition to the discreetly modified apron and timeless multi-spoke wheel, the Luxoberz will get a quad-oval exhaust setup.
In terms of pricing, the current XB7 retails for 141,300. However, we should note that the new M60i is about $ 3,300 more expensive than the previous M50i. This doesn’t mean that ALPINA will handle a premium on pre-LCI, but don’t be too surprised if you do.