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The term ‘modified car’ tends to conjure up images of teenage boy racers in souped-up hatchbacks stuffed with speakers, but Alpina’s efforts are altogether more sophisticated.
For more than 40 years, this Bavarian company has been customising BMWs with the aim of making them both faster and more luxurious. And while Alpina is independently owned, its efforts are not just tolerated by BMW but encouraged and supported.