Alpina Logo – Alpina Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH is a manufacturer Bavarian of cars based in Buchloe , in the district German of Ostallgäu . Although Alpina vehicles have their own chassis number, for many the factory is just a company of tuning . This is because its range of products based on models from BMW that will provide the chassis and bodies, which brings an increase in exclusivity in terms of sport and luxury.
In 1985 Alpina equips all of its production with metal catalysts rather than ceramic, becoming the first manufacturer to use only metal catalysts, quite some years before other manufacturers of top flight. In 1987 the competition again, this time in the DTM with the BMW Alpina M3 Group A, showing their commitment to the environment, are the first to install metal catalysts in racing cars. Despite getting victories, the team withdrew in 1988 due to capacity problems in the company, which re-prioritize development of cars on the street.
To replace the B7 Turbo, in 1989 launched the B10 Biturbo returns to stand as the world’s fastest sedan. In 1990 the company has grown and has now reached 120 employees and proceeds to construct a new building to house the offices and production. In 1992 with the arrival of Alpina B12 5.7 Coupe debuts Shift-Tronic system. The following year he incorporated the Switch-Tronic which is a semi-automatic sequential gearbox can change gears from the steering wheel without having to engage and when decided by the driver, the Formula 1 style. In 1995 appears the Super-Cat, jointly developed with BMW and Emitec, a new electrically heated metal catalyst that reduces emissions of carbon dioxide.
In 1999 Alpina unveiled its first diesel: the D10 biturbo with 245 hp, which is currently the most powerful diesel sedan market. The Alpina Roadster V8 in 2002 is the official entry of the brand in North America. In 2003 the presentation of the B7 is the arrival of a new engine concept: the radial compressor and get get a relatively low consumption for a luxury sedan and 500 hp.