Geneva Motor Show 2013: BMW


So, here it is, then. We knew it was coming, and it’s finally here. BMW’s 3 GT has been officially unveiled to a public waiting for it with something less than bated breath. Sadly, the motor show lights have done little to dull the effect of its hunchbacked silhouette.

BMW i8 Spyder is nearing production
BMW i8 Spyder is nearing production
Fortunately, while the 3GT is BMW’s biggest news at Geneva, it isn’t the only thing we’ve got to show you. BMW’s also brought along plenty to keep PHers entertained, including the new 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.

M6 Gran Coupe still looks as good as ever
M6 Gran Coupe still looks as good as ever
Finally, we’ve got the 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.

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  • baronvonhorne 08 Mar 2013

    I like it and I like the fact most people don't like it even more!

    I have a 5GT M-sport and love it, especially that there are so few others around - so long as you like your choice of car, who cares what other people say - mine makes me smile all the time, no matter what others say!

    The fact that BMW are doing something different is comendable.... I like change, even if it may not last for long.

  • Rawwr 07 Mar 2013

    Stu R said:
    That M6 Gran Coupe really is a beautiful car.
    I agree. I think it's the best looking model in the range at the moment.

  • vintageracer01 07 Mar 2013

    Ali_T said:
    Well, will you look at that. BMW have remade the mid 90s Toyota Carina Liftback..... and it still looks awful.







    Edited by Ali_T on Thursday 7th March 00:53
    You have a point here!

  • vintageracer01 07 Mar 2013

    I am one of the grimaces: This car is NOT nice to say the least...

    BMW, you are keep losing it... Hopefully not as bad as Mercedes does now for years.

  • Schermerhorn 06 Mar 2013

    M6 gran coupe = F10 M5 minus one rear seat + £30,000 extra.

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