While we at Edmonton BMW always stress how incredibly powerful the M Performance line of models are, you won’t believe what we can tell you about BMW Alpina models. What are they exactly? Well, imagine everything you know about BMWs—performance and luxury—and see it taken to a whole other level. Take a look below and learn more about these specially-manufactured BMW models, and the company that makes them.
Alpina is an automobile manufacturing company based out of Bavaria, Germany, just like BMW. However, while Alpina does produce BMW-based cars, they’re not actually owned by them—in fact, the company initially manufactured typewriters before moving to automotive. As the company began looking to moving towards working in textiles, the company’s founder, Burkard Bovensiepen, developed a Weber dual carburetor for the BMW 1500. From there, the carburetor was well received and it even reached BMW’s sales boss at the time, thus beginning the manufacturing relationship between the two companies.
When Alpina first began its ventures into the automotive industry, they mostly focused on tuning carburetors and crankshafts to help extract extra power from BMW engines. These two components eventually became the basis for the company’s logo in 1967. After the company started manufacturing BMW models in 1975, Alpina moved towards creating BMW vehicles that have more emphasis on luxury, higher-torque, and use automatic transmissions, instead of manual or semi-automatic ones to help differentiate themselves from BMW’s M Performance models.
Throughout the 1970s, Alpina’s line of BMW models made a name for themselves as highly-capable rally and track racers. Most notably, the BMW 3.0 CSL won the European Touring Car Championship, the German Hillclimb Championships, the Spa 24 Hours, and other rally and track racing competitions. Today, the company continues to manufacture incredible vehicles, such as the Alpina B6 Gran Coupé, which carries a 4.4-litre twin turbo V8 that can produce up to 540 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque.
This was just a quick look at Alpina Automobiles. We at Edmonton BMW hope you got a better understanding between the two companies and the different models they produce. Want to learn more? Make sure to let us know!