Burkhart Bovensiepen, owner and founder of Alpina really doesn't like his company to be
called a car tuner and indeed, the company is registered as car manufacturer. But, the
German tuning branch looks blank concerning his attitude. Bodo Buschmann, founder of the
Mercedes tuner Brabus - a company of a similar legendary reputation like that of Alpina -
has strong feelings about this and said once that Herr Bovensiepen acts as if car tuning
were something indecent, after all he too sends his trim stripes per post.
And in fact, it is hard to say who is right and who is wrong. In considering of the
immense efforts, Burkhart Bovensiepen is absolutely right in his statements. After all
his creations wouldn't be possible without a wide range of engineers and well experienced
craftsmen, finally a wide range of employees that exceeds the possibilities of the most
auto tuning companies, by far!
But, firms such as Brabus, AC Schnitzer, Carlsson or Abt, for instance - in short the
German tuning elite - can keep up with Alpina easily and use the same means and make the
same developments to modify car's technology, to improve the road behaviours without a
lack of too much of the original riding comfort and, they also modify engines just as
fundamentally as Alpina does. The cooperation with the motor industry is also as intensive
as this of Alpina with BMW, and it's really hard to find out what is different between
Bovensiepen's enterprise and other auto tuners is!
At least, when looking from outside on this matter. One distinguishing fact is undeniable
and this is founded in the character of Alpina cars.