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post #1 of 3 Old 05-26-2016, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Alpina BMW X7 SUV Could Be In The Cards



Alpina is an automotive manufacturer that’s known for taking a standard BMW and turning it into something faster. They’re not just any aftermarket tuner, Alpina works closely with BMW and some of their processes are even used in BMW’s own production line. Even the German Ministry of Transport recognizes them as an automotive manufacturer. They’ve worked with various BMW models and now Alpina may have set their sights on the upcoming BMW X7 SUV.

Recently, they’ve been putting powerful diesel engines into their tuned vehicles and their alpine BMW XD3 is the first SUV to sport such an engine. If they decide to put the same engine in the X7, we could be seeing a straight-six, aluminum 3.0-liter engine with two turbochargers under the hood. This beefy engine is capable of producing 350 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 516 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough power to make it a BMW M3 rival.

Maybe they’ll decide to work with BMW’s latest 3-liter inline six diesel B57 engine with four turbochargers. This monstrous engine is capable of pushing out 394 HP and 560 lb-ft of torque and this is without tuning.

Of course the car hasn’t even been released yet but Alpina is already preparing for the possibility of tuning one by applying for a patent for the XD7 nameplate. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they will definitely release a more powerful X7 variant but, this does make it a possibility. An Alpina spokesperson told AutoExpress that "this explicitly does not mean that those model designations currently registered reflect future model plans; it's more a case of 'better safe than sorry'."

Nothing is set in stone but we can still hope.
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-27-2016, 12:59 PM
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I'm almost 100% this will happen, just look at what else is going on in the premium SUV space, people are buying and in good numbers, that already is enough to justify this move from Aplina. Although they might not be pushing the sort of volume a brand like Brabus would, the take rate should be enough to justify the move.
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Still might be hard to pull people away from a brand like Range Rover and even Mercedes is stepping up. Get a GL with Brabus parts and you're almost just as well off as someone who went the X7 Alpina route.

The game has changed so much that BMW needs to ensure they can bring enough to the table. The X7 even as a basemodel needs to be VERY good.
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