This is our best look yet at Alpina's 600-hp BMW X7.
The luxurious BMW X7 is the German automaker's current flagship SUV, but reports claim it will be superseded by the first-ever X8 as early as next year. While BMW refuses to make a hardcore X7 M, an M Performance version of the X8 has reportedly been given the green light.
If, however, you can't wait for the X8 M, German tuner Alpina is working on an alternative. First spotted lapping the Nurburgring last October, Alpina's X7 M alternative will offer more power and a more aggressive exterior. Since our last sighting of the Alpina XB7 back in August, more camouflage has been stripped away, giving us a clearer look at the potent SUV.
We can now see the Alpina XB7's new front bumper, which incorporates a deeper spoiler lip and larger air intakes. At the back, Alpina's signature quad exhaust pipes are integrated in a re-designed rear bumper. Also expect the final model to sit on Alpina's signature multi-spoke wheels. Inside, the interior will be even more luxurious, which is no small feat considering that the standard X7 is already BMW's most luxurious SUV on the market.
The Alpina X7 is expected to come in two flavors, with a gasoline version planned for the US market and a diesel-powered XD7 variant in Europe. While the standard X7 produces 456 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque from a 4.4-liter V8 in the range-topping xDrive50i model, the Alpina XB7 is expected to increase the output to 600 horsepower, while the diesel-powered XD7 will produce around 450 horsepower.
While America has missed out on many of Alpina's models such as the B3 Touring, the XB7 will go on sale in the US alongside the 7 Series-based Alpina B7. The Alpina XB7 is expected to debut within the next few months before first deliveries start in 2020.