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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  • Paul M 05 Mar 2013

    Another BMW niche market nobody realised they wanted!

  • toppstuff 05 Mar 2013

    Some people prefer hatchbacks to saloons and don't want an estate.

    I am such a person. I'm quite sure there are plenty of us.

    And I don't get the collective sheep-like condemnation of the 3 series styling. It looks like a 3 series hatchback. Its a bit late 90's Hyundai in its styling maybe, but its not ugly. Just a bit dull.

    And while there are Peugeots on the planet that apparently go relatively uncriticised in the styling department, it seems unfair to single out this car for derision.

  • RichTBiscuit 05 Mar 2013

    I'd be fascinated to find out why you would buy a 3 series GT over a Touring.

  • jsd14 05 Mar 2013

    I don't understand why he 4 series hasn't launched yet?
    Surely sales of the 3 coupe must be declining since the a5 facelift and the new c class coupe? But they've gone ahead and unveiled a car nobody wants!

  • Kawasicki 05 Mar 2013

    toppstuff said:
    Some people prefer hatchbacks to saloons and don't want an estate.

    I am such a person. I'm quite sure there are plenty of us.

    And I don't get the collective sheep-like condemnation of the 3 series styling. It looks like a 3 series hatchback. Its a bit late 90's Hyundai in its styling maybe, but its not ugly. Just a bit dull.

    And while there are Peugeots on the planet that apparently go relatively uncriticised in the styling department, it seems unfair to single out this car for derision.
    I'm not being a sheep, I just don't like the styling, to my eyes it looks like an overly tall 3 series hatchback, I just don't like the proportions. I think it has odd rather than dull looks.

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