It’s not a tuner!

Wheels (Australia) - - Redline -

One way to get Ingo Reisch riled is to re­fer to Alpina as a tuner. It’s a reg­is­tered man­u­fac­turer in its own right in Ger­many and en­joys a num­ber of ben­e­fits from that sta­tus.

“It’s very im­por­tant for us to stress that they’re not try­ing to com­pete against M. It’s a dif­fer­ent prod­uct,” ex­plains Reisch, choos­ing his words care­fully.

What’s clear is that they have the abil­ity to pick and choose the best bits from BMW’S range to cre­ate their ve­hi­cles: “They grab the larger brakes from the 5 Se­ries and put it in a B3 body, tak­ing stuff from the 7 Se­ries into the Alpina B5. They haven’t up­dated the en­gines; they’ve stayed with the older-style en­gine be­cause it’s bet­ter for torque.”

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