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BMW X7: Alpina XB7 unveiled, coming to Australia in 2021 - CarAdvice
BMW tuning company Alpina has unveiled its new XB7 six- and seven-seater SUV ahead of its Australian arrival in early 2021. The XB7 – based on a BMW X7 M50i xDrive – receives Alpina’s signature tou...
The German tuning company has put its finishing touches on BMW's X7 SUV. BMW tuning company Alpina has unveiled its new XB7 six- and seven-seater SUV ahead of its Australian arrival in early 2021. The XB7 – based on a BMW X7 M50i xDrive – receives Alpina’s signature touches including increased engine power, improved driving dynamics and styling changes inside and out. “With Australia’s continued interest in performance SUVs, we feel that the added luxury, performance and exclusivity offered by XB7 will ensure strong interest,” an Alpina Australia spokesperson told CarAdvice. “We are genuinely excited to add the XB7 to Alpina’s Australian model portfolio. It will be the headline act in our local lineup.” The Alpina XB7 picks up the 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine from the X7 M50i xDrive on which it’s based, but outputs are increased from 390kW and 750Nm to a claimed 457kW and 800Nm. That additional power is sent through an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission and an Alpina-tuned version of BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system with an electronically-variable limited-slip rear differential. Valves in the Alpine XB7’s exhaust system can also be operated via driver modes including sport, sport+, comfort and comfort+ to give the V8 more bark. These drive modes also change settings in the XB7’s adjustable air suspension and adjust ride height by up to 40mm. An all-wheel steering system and electromagnetic anti-sway bars also helps keep the XB7 planted. The Alpina XB7 rides on 21-inch alloy wheels as standard, however buyers can option 23-inch forged alloy units. Behind whichever wheel option buyers choose are four-piston Brembo brake calipers up front and floating calipers in the rear finished in Alpina blue. Buyers can also opt for a high performance brake system which sees the addition of light-weight drilled brake discs and sportier brake pads. Inside, the XB7’s three rows of seats which Alpina says can "generously accommodate six or seven occupants" are wrapped in Lavalina leather. Subtle touches such as a laser-etched Alpina logo in the iDrive controller also differentiate the model. Outside, the model receives more aggressive front and rear bumper styling with Alpina badging and a focus on reduced aerodynamic lift at high speeds. The Alpina XB7 is slated for Australian release in early 2021. Australian pricing and more detailed specifications will be available closer to its release. MORE: XB7 news, reviews, comparisons and videosMORE: Everything AlpinaMORE: Everything BMW
Track test: Porsche Taycan electric car versus BMW M8 Gran Coupe - CarAdvice
The new Porsche Taycan electric car has lined up against a BMW M8 Gran Coupe Competition in a head-to-head track test in Germany in the hands of a race driver thanks to AutoBild magazine. While we ...
The new Porsche Taycan electric car has lined up against a BMW M8 Gran Coupe Competition in a head-to-head track test in Germany in the hands of a race driver thanks to AutoBild magazine. While we won’t give away the result – even though you might guess it – we will say it was closer than many would expect. For diehard petrol heads, the test shows there is still plenty of life left in fossil-fuel-powered performance cars. For electric car nerds, there may be some bragging rights given how close the performance was among these two vehicles. The Porsche Taycan Turbo S has a combined peak output of 560kW/1050Nm thanks to two electric motors that deliver all-wheel-drive. It has a claimed 0 to 100kmh time of 2.8 seconds and weighs 2339kg. The BMW M8 Gran Coupe Competition edition is powered by a twin turbo 4.0-litre V8 (460kW/750Nm) matched to an eight-speed auto and all-wheel-drive. It has a claimed 0 to 100kmh time of 3.2 seconds and weighs 1945kg. The vehicles were track tested at the Lausitzring, in the north-east of Germany near the borders of Poland and the Czech Republic. Here’s the full video so you can see the results for yourself.