TopGear just got out of the new Alpina XB7. In a while you will find the complete test report in the magazine, here are the highlights.
Test object: Alpina XB7
Performance: An expensive one
Location: Surroundings of Apeldoorn
Weather conditions: Just too nice to work, but we do it for you
Alpina, isn’t that the subtle counterpart of BMW M?
Yes, normally it is, if you look at the B3 or the B5 versus the M3 and the M5. Maybe a little less with this one. There is no full M-model of the X7 (an X7 M50i) and that might be for the better; if this is to be the understated alternative, then we don’t want to know what a BMW X7 M would look like.
So why does the Alpina XB7 exist?
You would say for China, but Alpina doesn’t sell cars there. In their own words, because the Chinese customer likes to drive around conspicuously, and Alpina’s are generally too modest. The reason is simple: there is a large market for expensive and spacious SUVs. They expect to be able to sell a lot of Alpina XB7’s in America. And even in the Netherlands a handful.
Well, reasonable. The Alpina XB7 is the most expensive in the range, at least in the Netherlands. For 232,135 euros you can get one from Dusseldorp, which is now the official Alpina importer. That’s about 10,000 euros more expensive than the beautiful Alpina B8 and even 20,000 euros more expensive than the Alpina B7, which is more or less the flagship.
And how does the Alpina XB7 drive?
Very fine. It’s a jerk of a device, but it doesn’t feel bulky or bulky. It does sit nice and loose in the suspension, especially in the most comfortable position – then you almost sway over the road like an old American would. In the sportiest position, you can still make good angles with it. All relative, of course, because it weighs more than 2,600 kilos.
More than 2,600 kilos? How slow is it then?
That’s the whole point of an Alpina. It’s all a bit exaggerated for here, but in Germany it’s the long-distance machine of choice. The 4.4-liter V8 produces 621 hp and 800 Nm of torque with some adjustments. The top speed is 290 km/h. The 0-100 time is 4.2 seconds.
Is there something he can’t do?
You can find what you want from the appearance, but it is a car of many talents. You can lose a lot of stuff in the back and still realize a considerable time saving on the Autobahn. Oh, and did we mention the car has three rows of seats?