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The 2023 BMW Alpina XB7 Is a 180-MPH Hybrid SUV

Teaming up with Alpina, BMW has revamped the X7 SUV with supercar levels of performance.

Performance giant Alpina joins forces with BMW to create a high-performance version of the 2023 X7 SUV, dubbed the BMW Alpina XB7.

Mild-hybrid technology joins a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 to create 630 hp while delivering a quarter-mile run of 12.4 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph.

Alpina-specific chassis upgrades and an exclusive woodgrain interior don't come cheap, with a price tag of $145,995 set for the xDrive-equipped luxury model.

will go down in history as one of the greats, filing in alongside privateering performance car manufacturers like RUF and . From building typewriters to tuning track-ready BMW saloon cars, Alpina's history is rich with manufacturing prowess, and most of its cars stand alone in spite of the BMW-produced shells. BMW is tapping into this legacy and will team up with Alpina to produce a new variants of the latest X7 SUV. With an updated hybrid engine design and classic , the 2023 BMW Alpina XB7 is set to be an SUV of uncompromising performance, at the price of $145,995.

Using the new 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 S68 powerplant, has applied a mild-hybrid technology in an effort to improve efficiency and further smooth power delivery. The result of this old-school forced-induction tuning and new-school electrification is 630 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. These momentous figures launch the 5936-pound SUV to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, eventually making its way to a top speed of 180 mph. has put its special touches on the engine management system and cooling system, specifically updating the intercooler and coolant delivery systems.

BY Emmet White


Mercedes eActros LongHaul Plans to Go the Distance

Electric trucks for longer routes are on the way, but when will charging infrastructure catch up?

Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul debuts at IAA Transportation, offering approximately 500 km (310 miles) of range courtesy of three battery packs.

The model will join the truck maker's lineup of shorter-range eActros trucks, in production since 2021, aimed at daily delivery routes.

The truck uses batteries with lithium-iron phosphate cell technology (LFP), with the automaker estimating a 1.2-million km, or 750,000-mile, lifespan for the vehicles.

took the wraps off the eActros LongHaul at the in Hannover, Germany, revealing a long-distance truck with a range of around 310 miles. This version of the eActros will be the first in Mercedes' lineup aimed at regional cargo delivery, as , and which are already in production. The eActros' LongHaul is expected to change expectations of electric trucks in Europe, while delivering the truck maker's first credible long distance hauler.

The eActros LongHaul, as has been hinted in months leading up to its debut, features three modular battery packs offering a total of over 600 kWh, powering two electric motors generating 400 kW (536 hp), while also being capable of a peak output of 600 kW (804 hp).

The eActros uses lithium-iron phosphate cell technology (LFP), which values battery longevity over battery volume, with the truck maker estimating that the eActros will have a life of 1.2 million km, or 750,000 miles, over a period of ten years.

"However, it’s not enough just to offer the right vehicles. Our customers also need the suitable infrastructure. We are active here at a wide variety of levels. For a rapid build-up, it is essential that the entire industry and governments pull together," Daum added.

Mercedes and Volvo may have beaten the to production by a wide margin, but time will tell just how quick of an uptake the eActros lineup will see. In a few years we may look back at this year and conclude that all of these trucks may have been about half a decade early, given the meager growth of charging infrastructure for trucks. But the fact that several truck makers now have lineups with multiple models is not something the industry could boast even three years ago.

BY Jay Ramey


Maserati Teases Nettuno-Engined GranTurismo Trofeo

It could be the ideal grand tourer, with 621 hp from a twin-turbo V6 and four seats in a classically styled package.

Maserati has released images of its ICE GranTurismo, detailing certain trim levels and the aesthetic of the incoming model.

Borrowed from the MC20, the GranTurismo Trofeo will feature the 621-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo Nettuno V6, though a lower-end Modena trim has been confirmed as well.

Visually, the body shape is similar between the ICE and EV Folgore versions, though Maserati has yet to detail chassis engineering, interior details, or price.

continues to tease its newest grand tourer, this time in a traditional internal-combustion form. With a set of official photos released, the company has confirmed the model will come in at least two trim levels, the Modena and the Trofeo, in addition to the . It was also revealed the Trofeo model will be powered by the MC20-derived Nettuno engine.

Under the hood of the GranTurismo Trofeo, the will put down a healthy 621 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque. Maserati has yet to release what's under the hood of the Modena model, though it's likely to be a naturally aspirated six-cylinder or a turbocharged four-cylinder for emissions reasons. Based on the transmission offerings from , the GranTurismo will likely get an eight-speed automatic.

Visually, the and the ICE version appear analogous. Maserati has hinted at having modular chassis, meaning it can accommodate ICE and EV drivetrains, but Maserati has yet to confirm this for the GranTurismo. Either way, the classically smooth lines and wide hips remain on this new generation.

The livery on this reveal model is an homage to the , which the company has been publicly touting. Tracing back to the Maserati A6 1500, the newest GranTurismo will continue this 75-year legacy of sport saloons.

were offered in a base-model GT trim level, and it's possible we'll see this model again for the 2023 model year. Pricing is also unknown at this time, but previous price ranges started at $132,000 for the base models and worked up to $150,000 and above for well-outfitted models.Stayed tuned for updates on the future of Maserati's .

BY Emmet White