The cooperation agreement between the two companies was recently re-signed, with Alpina set to continue engineering and assembly operations at its Buchloe workshops until the end of 2025. Beyond 2025, it’s suggested the traditional working arrangement between Alpina, its facility and staff and BMW, is expected to change. Those employees who aren’t able to stay in their current positions will be offered positions within the wider BMW Group or be assisted in moves to partner suppliers and developers, as and when reorganisation takes place.
Alpina at present develops and builds its engines in house, where they are married to part-built cars shipped from the BMW factory. The cars also receive their interior treatments and general final assembly at the Alpina facility. It’s this hand-made nature that dictates the company’s low production volumes.
Alpina has been unique among comparable brands as being recognised by the German Federal Ministry of Transport as a manufacturer, rather than a tuner, for near-on 40 years. Cars badged Alpina are thus registered as Alpina, not BMW. Its past is much like its present, with high-quality engineering being recognised and warrantied by BMW very early on. Alpina was also extremely successful in motorsport, with a European Touring Car Championship and Spa 24 hour wins in 1970. The marque pulled out of racing in 1988 to focus on the line of BMW-based road cars that lead to what it does today.