Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
In addition to being able to blast from 0-62mph in 4.2sec, the Alpina XB7 has a top speed of 180mph. Impressive as those numbers are, though, it’s actually the 590lb ft of torque that’s most significant.
If you put your foot down, this huge luxury SUV not only pulls hard from low revs, but also continues to surge towards the horizon after that. The engine’s muscle and the speed with which the eight-speed automatic gearbox carries out shifts mean there's basically a never-ending wave of performance.
Switching to Sport or Sport+ firms things up significantly but the ride doesn’t become punishing, and you’re rewarded with surprisingly good body control on twisty roads. The XB7 doesn’t feel super-agile, but it’s far more competent in bends than a 2.6-tonne SUV has any right to be, aided by steering that’s smooth, light and accurate.
As a bonus, four-wheel steering is standard, and that greatly aids low-speed manoeuvrability by turning the rear wheels very slightly in the opposite direction to the fronts for a reduced turning circle.