Today ALPINA is a brand renowned for its quality, exclusivity and its links with BMW as well as its tuned power plants. Yet despite the cult-like following it has amongst its fans, it’s still not an extremely well known brand. Ask most people what they know of the Buchloe based car manufacturer and many will simply shake their heads in ignorance. Even those more motoring enthusiast minded people are fooled into thinking that ALPINA is like BMW’s Motorsport division (a section within BMW AG). But not so, this company, despite its close ties to BMW, remains an independent manufacturer and despite 40 years in existence is still overseen by its founder Mr Burkard Bovensiepen and run on a day-to-day basis by his 2 sons Andreas and Florian.