GENEVA MOTOR SHOW 2013: BMW
The 3GT is unveiled, and the world grimaces collectively
i8, which we had the chance to experience firsthand last week. Although still officially a concept, the i8 is almost ready for production now, with only a few last tweaks still to go. It features a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, mated to a 96kW electric motor; enough to make the i8 good for 62mph in 4.6 seconds; fuel consumption is an astonishing 104mpg, while carbon emissions are just 66g/km.
Of course, there’s also some exciting machinery for those of a less eco-friendly bent; the M6Gran Coupe is here, too, looking as stunning as ever. This might not be its debut, successive appearances have failed to diminish its superb proportions. It isn’t just a pretty face, though: the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 packs 560hp and 502lb ft, and will steam the M6 to 62mph in 4.2 seconds.
4 Series ‘concept’. This is, as near as makes no difference, the 4 Series that’ll go on sale toward the latter part of this year, and just like the Gran Coupe, it’s already been around for a couple of months. However, for many this’ll be the first chance to see it up close. No word on an M-badged version yet, though.