We all know that BMW has its M division for all ready-to-use production vehicles of great power in most of their range. You can even get M-inspired complements and trim for most BMW vehicles, adding more sporty exteriors and upgraded components. While this is good and everything for most enthusiasts, there are those who want something a little more unique and luxurious without running out of performance. Alpina and BMW almost go hand in hand, with most of the construction processes for their unique designs on certain BMW models sharing the same production lines and resources. Where the difference lies in the artisan identity of Alpina, combining magnificent and comfortable interiors with serious performances that are not reserved for hardcore.
The latest models of Alpina were presented through a 30-minute live broadcast on their YouTube channel. The company’s XB7 and B3 Touring are on display, essentially unique and hand-made upgraded versions of the X7 and 3 Series Touring. Although we have seen the B3 in all its forms for quite some time now, it is the XB7 that interests us the most. Both cars get detailed insights from Alpina CEO and owner Andreas Bovensiepen as he guides us through the unique features and performance of the two vehicles. As a bonus, a race around a race track provides quick driving impressions.
As with every Alpina, iconic colors, blue calipers, huge multi-spoke wheels, tastefully applied aerodynamic jaws and hearing-satisfactory exhaust systems are the norm. The interiors are greatly improved with untreated leather in most places and updated trims to remind you how special an Alpina can be. In addition, numbered production plates and integrated logos can be found in each Alpina.
The performances are impressive, especially for the XB7 and in the absence of a real M version for BMW with 7 seats, with a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 developing 621 hp (475 kW) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque. A revised 8-speed transmission developed by Alpina follows the massive torque. The B3 is the fastest to date, with the 3.0-liter twin-turbo producing 462 hp (340 kW) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque.