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2021 BMW Alpina XB7 Review: The Hot Seven

BMW doesn't hold back when it comes to building powerful cars, hoarding the horses for it's dedicated M models, but you'll never see an M7 or X7 M. BMWs wearing the number seven are reserved for those who prefer luxury and refinement over that of outright performance and handling prowess, but where there's a demand, so shall there be a supply - enter the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7. This beast is based on the standard BMW X7, but legendary tuning house Alpina has added some spices, resulting in a large family SUV with a power output of 612 horsepower courtesy of a 4.4-liter V8 engine and a top speed of 180 mph. This puts it in the sights of the mighty Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 and Bentley Bentayga. The big question is whether or not this Alpina is worth the additional $40,000 over the standard X7 M50i or the big, less pricey AMG Merc.

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2021 BMW Alpina XB7 Changes: 🚙What's the difference vs. 2020 BMW Alpina XB7?

Alpina's presence in the USA is not as strong as it is across the pond; we've only had a small taste of what this German tuning house is capable of, thanks to the B6 and B7. Since there isn't much business left in the sedan segment, it was only a matter of time before Alpina launched its first-gen SUV offering. It's called the Alpina XB7, and is built alongside its lesser X7 brothers in BMW's South Carolina plant and is all-new for 2021. Effectively the new flagship of the X7 lineup, the XB7 is the most powerful (612 hp), quickest (0-60 mph in four seconds), and most expensive ($141,300) X7 you can buy. Alpina's unique exterior and interior styling elements set the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 apart from other X7 models available this year.

Pros and Cons

  • Bragging rights
  • Potent performance
  • Mega luxury
  • Stunning interior
  • It's expensive and a fuel hog
  • Polarizing styling
  • It's perhaps too niche

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2021 BMW Alpina XB7 Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Alpina XB7
4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$141,300
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2021 Alpina XB7 Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 203.3 in
  • Wheelbase 122.2 in
  • Height 70.7 in
  • Max Width 78.7 in
  • Front Width 66.2 in
  • Rear Width 67.0 in
  • Curb Weight 5,860.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Tanzanite Blue II Metallic, Priority 1 +$1,950
  • Ametrin Metallic, Priority 1 +$1,950
  • Dravit Grey Metallic, Priority 1 +$1,950
  • ALPINA Green Metallic
  • ALPINA Blue Metallic
  • Alpine White
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • Phytonic Blue Metallic
  • Arctic Grey Metallic

2021 Alpina XB7 Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

2021 Alpina XB7 Interior

2021 BMW Alpina XB7 Steering Wheel Design BMW
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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    7-seater
  • Front Leg Room 39.8 in
  • Front Head Room 41.9 in
  • Rear Leg Room 37.6 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.9 in

2021 Alpina XB7 Trunk and Cargo Space

2021 BMW Alpina XB7 Front Seats BMW
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2021 BMW Alpina XB7 Third Row Seats BMW

2021 Alpina XB7 Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 a good SUV?

We live in a world where $100k luxury SUVs have been normalized to the point that your average BMW X5 or X7 becomes invisible. Even a Land Rover Range Rover struggles to draw attention these days. That's why a car like the BMW Alpina XB7 exists. This super SUV lives to bend necks and cash cheques, and while we get the appeal, we wouldn't recommend getting one. The BMW X7 M50i offers the same package for a lot less money and is almost as good in every department. Sure, it's not as fast, but one lap around the parking lot in the M50i, and you'll quickly realize that it has more than enough power. While there is no safety rating review of the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7, you can depend on its BMW reliability, especially with the extra set of Alpina eyes involved. If you really need the seven-seat capacity, we'd recommend skipping both the Alpina and M50i and going for the punchy 40i model, which is quick enough for everyday driving, has a towing capacity of up to 7,500 lbs, and is packed with most of the same tech features.

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