Friday, May 17, 2013
BMW has released the new M Sport edition for the 6 Series Coupe, 6 Series Convertible and 6 Series Gran Coupe with improved styling and equipment goods. Available from July 2013, the M Sport edition package can be combined with all the models and engine variants of the BMW 6 Series range (sans, of course, the M6 models).
The M Sport edition models include the M Sport package, which brings a model-specific M aero package, 19-inch M light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design, Adaptive LED Headlights, LED fog lamps, the BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line, black-painted brake calipers and exhaust tail pipes in dark chrome, among others.
On the inside, the M Sport package comes with an M leather steering wheel, M door sill finishers and sports seats in Alcantara/leather, coupled with other features such as the BMW Head-Up Display, the multifunction instrument display, a dashboard covered in exclusive nappa leather, and the Professional hi-fi system that comes with 12 speakers in the Convertible and 16 in the Coupe and Gran Coupe.
There’s also the ConnectedDrive Navigation package comprising, among other features, a 10.2-inch Control Display, voice control, extended hands-free telephone system, BMWConnectedDrive Services for the use of apps and BMW Online, BMW Concierge Services telephone information service, Remote Services and Real Time Traffic Information.
In addition to this, the M Sport edition models come with Park Distance Control and a rear-view camera, as well as a ski bag. All M Sport edition models have the option of the Sakhir Orange metallic M paintwork, previously exclusive to the M6. M Sport edition models for the 6 Series can also get the optional interior upholstery in BMW Individual leather Merino fine grain Opal white with contrast seams in Sakhir Orange. This is offered in conjunction with the Comfort Seats.
By Dan Mihalascu
Unlike Ferrari, which tried to keep its LaFerrarirange-topper a secret until the very last minute, Porsche had a more laid-back approach with its upcoming 918 Spyder flagship supercar. The German carmaker kept us updated from the early development stages of the car, releasing revealing photos, although the 918 Spyder has never been shown without light camouflage gear or racing-inspired liveries.
We suspect that the car you see in these photos is not the final production version, or at least it doesn’t reveal all of its fine details. After all, visitors of the Frankfurt Auto Show in autumn – where the 918 Spyder will have its world premiere – will to be the first to see the final production version.
Until we get to finally see the 918 Spyder in all its production glory, we’ll just have to settle for this extended photo gallery of the pre-production model. And if you feel the need to review once again its technical details, here you have them all.
To end on a personal note, I believe the 918 Spyder is the best looking of the three hypercars released this year. It has that same understated charm that the Carrera GT had, with the “form follows function” design philosophy being applied in an elegant and beautiful manner. Its proportions are harmonious and it is unmistakably a Porsche.
With the risk of being called names by Ferrari fans, I will say that the LaFerrari’s design is too cold, soulless even. It is far behind the Enzo, judging from the strong impression it made when it was introduced in 2003. As for the McLaren P1, for me the clothes iron face ruins it all.
By Dan Mihalascu