What do you want to know about the BMW X7 xDrive50i?

I just recently had the chance to pick up a BMW X7 xDrive50i from BMW’s Woodcliff Lake HQ in New Jersey. It’s my ride until next week and, so far, it’s been a very interesting car. This is my first go in an X7, as I’d only previously ridden in the back of it but never before behind the wheel. So I’m still learning it.

However, I’d also like to share with you readers what it’s like to live with, separately from my upcoming review. So here’s what I’d like you to do: if you have a question, leave it in the comments section below. After the comments and questions start rolling in, I’ll make a short video answering all of your questions and, depending on the question, demonstrate the answer as well.

Just to eliminate any spec questions and make them more about what the car is like to drive and be in, I’ll share my spec of X7. The car in question is a 2019 BMW X7 xDrive50i. That means it packs a 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8 with a very healthy 456 hp. My tester is painted Artic Grey Metallic and it has the lovely Ivory White/Night Blue Full Merino leather interior option. While having a blue interior isn’t really my thing, I really like the inside of this X7. It just looks and feels so premium and special.

My test car also has the glass control option, so it has the spangly shifter that’s much nicer in person than it is in photos. My car also has the off-road package, though, it’s doubtful I’ll ever use it. Still, it’s cool to know it has it. It also has several other packages and options, all of which bring the price tag up to an eye-watering $108,000.

So shoot your questions below and there will be a follow up video to answer them all.

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Autocar drives the ALPINA XD3

If you’re in the market for a fast BMW X3 but don’t feel like waiting for the proper X3 M, or maybe that car is too hardcore, you have two choice: the BMW X3 M40i and this — the ALPINA XD3.

Admittedly, the latter choice is only available in Europe, which should be a crime but that’s a discussion for another time. However, for many European customers, the ALPINA XD3 might actually be the best choice of X3, even when the X3 M debuts.

See, ALPINAs have always been special cars. Yes, they’re based on standard BMWs and aren’t tuned by the M Divison. But that doesn’t matter. What ALPINA does to its BMWs is very special and turns a seemingly ordinary Bimmer into something truly unique and exciting.

With the case of the ALPINA XD3, it really transforms something ordinary into something extraordinary. The base car is a diesel-powered X3, the sort that you buy if you want to haul the family and save on fuel. However, once ALPINA gets its hands on it, it become an extra luxurious, surprisingly fast and genuinely enjoyable thing to drive.

According to Autocar, everything from the XD3’s ALPINA-specific styling and its upgraded interior to its more nimble handling and enhanced engine makes it feel more special than a standard X3 from the beginning. How enhanced is that engine? Quite a bit actually. ALPINA takes a standard 3.0 liter turbocharged I6 diesel BMW engine and upgrades its pistons, cooling, turbochargers and air intake, among other things. All of that brings power up to 328 hp and a planet-tugging 516 lb-ft of torque.

We won’t spoil what Autocar has to say about it, as it’s a good review and you should read it (especially since we can’t review it here in the ‘States). However, it’s safe to say that the ALPINA XD3 is a special car and one that deserves its place in the market.

[Source: Autocar]

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