Get past the grille and you’ll feel right at home if you’re a former Beemer owner
Let’s tackle that controversial grille first – you either hate it or you… reckon it’s not so bad. I’m in the latter camp, especially after spending a few days with the car, and noting that the UK number plate bisecting it, makes it far less overt and in-yer-face. Some may still complain that it’s elongated upright stance is unpalatable and at odds with traditional BMW styling cues, but there is a precedent for such grilles in BMW’s historical back catalogue. Anyway of all of BMW’s questionable styling choices, this is nowhere near as bad as the now legendary ‘Bangle Butt’ introduced on the 2000s BMW 7 Series – that some now hail as a pivotal moment in the marque’s design evolution – and I still really don’t like that!
Toyota/BMW collaboration means the return of an iconic Japanese sportscar
This is the all-new fifth generation Toyota Supra, reborn after a gap of 17 years, thanks to a little collaboration with BMW – most of its underpinnings and much of its interior is shared with the BMW Z4. But while the Z4 is a roadster, this is firmly a coupe with a fixed roof implying extra rigidity, and hence more sportiness. The cross-continent team-up was because Toyota wanted to adhere to the Supra tradition of a straight six cylinder engine, although there is now a 2.0-litre four cylinder unit (also a BMW motor) also available.
At the 2021 London Concours they’re calling this ‘Young Timers’ – we call them modern classics, and they include an incredible Koenig Specials Mercedes 560 widebody, a Brabus and AMG widebody 300CE, 190 EVO II, Audi Sport Ur-Quattro SWB, Audi RS2 and BMW Alpina B12. Awesome German metal! #BCGLondonConcours #BCGEvents
Convertibles and roadsters still have life in them yet – you all have to go tell BMW
This BMW exists thanks to Toyota. Yep! BMW has had the Z1, the Z3 and even the Z8. Then they replaced the Z3 with the Z4, which subsequently got a successor. Soon though, the Munich massive lost interest and were looking to send the Zs to sleep permanently – ‘nobody buys roadsters anymore’ came the edict from the bean-counter department.
An opinion – 2020: Good, Bad & Ugly! Define Modern Car Design
22112020 #BCGBulletin – Car Design of 2020 – is Ugly the new Black? Or are there good, bad and ugly designs? Why are cars made ugly, what is good design, do styles mature with age, do they grow on you, do I need new glasses? And who are these two popping heads?