Saturday, August 2, 2014

BMW World Singapore 2014

Words & Snaps by Ben

BMW World is back!

After 4 years of waiting, the German marque is back at Marina Bay Sands' Convention Centre to showcase its past, present and future.

This exhibition is a great family outing as much as it is a motorhead's heaven. There is no other place where you can drool on the mighty M1 or snigger at the minimalistic Isetta at the same time.

BMW World will only be running for 3 days, until Sunday 3rd August, so if you can't make it or want to have a heads up of what's happening there, here's a few highlights of the show -

BMW is doing a good job at showcasing enough toys to please everyone. The line-up starts with the SUVs, which are always an unexplainable hot favourite in urban areas.

The current range of BMWs follows, spiced up by the first prototype of the day: the Gran Lusso Coupé.

This humongous 2-door coupé is a concept that was unveiled at the Concorso D'Eleganza at the Villa d'Este in Lake Como last year.

Powered by a twin-turbo V12 and designed by Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina, it's a real shame that this Gran Lusso is the one and only unit that will ever be built.

Further down the BMW World Singapore expo, the diesel range of Bavarian cars is showcased for all to molest and see. Diesel cars are a growing market on Singapore roads, and BMW has all the toys they'll ever need to conquer this segment.

Next to the cars are the bikes. Who will ever be able to resist the urge to straddle one of BMW's flat twin rides? Not this kid, apparently.

To make things even spicier, BMW is showcasing some pretty interesting concept bikes, some of them particularly drool-worthy such as this 9T with a splendid vintage treatment.

Or this "Track Grinder", which is the first remodeling of the R nineT. The workmanship and execution is irreproachable, as expected from the German marque. I just wish I could have a few days and a few hundred kilometers of sinuous asphalt to get more acquainted with this ride.

Another highly tempting two-wheeler is this Concept Roadster. Just look at that exhaust. This should be X-Rated!

The popular new trend is electric cars, and BMW is showcasing the i3 and i8. Crowds swarm all over these tree-hugging rides to have a feel of them.

With such a success, I wouldn't be surprised to see quite a few of them on the roads soon. Especially the i8, 'cause it's real sex on wheels.

Continuing the tour of the exhibition, you are transported to the world of fast cars. Not that normal beemers are slow, but we're getting faster there, starting with the M-Sport models.

They are all here for everyone to see and feel, starting from the 116i M-Sport and the 220i Coupé...

To the 335i Sedan, and the 428i Coupé.

Then the big guns are drawn. Faint of heart beware, the full range of genuine BMW M monsters and their grunting V8 hearts are here.

The stars of the show are the M3 and M4. The M3 is showcased in a rather surprising light blue colour. It isn't my favourite tinge, but check out the bulging rear fenders, and you'll excuse the paint job.

Next to it is what I find to be the sexiest M in the new range - the M4. A simple look at it, and you know it means business. Even in yellow. BMW always hits the nail right on the head with their M range. They mix outlandish performance with a design that looks at home on a track, yet classy enough not to look out of place at a gala event. Dear Santa, I want one. Now.

The last BMW prototype of the show is there too: the Vision Connected Drive.

See this as the offspring of a Z4 roadster and a spaceship. It's a jaw-dropping coupé which showcases BMW's view of the future of cars - a world of networks that interconnects the driver, the car and the outside world.

Minimalist doors, oversized rims, an aggressive shark nose, funky seats and swanky lights pulsating across the exterior and interior of the car, the Vision Connected Drive has everything to please adults and kids alike.

And that ass... Mmmhmm!

Next up is MINI. Since the brand is part of the BMW family, it is only natural that they too get a share of the expo.

They start off pretty hot, with the MINI Clubman Concept, dressed in a beautiful sheen of red.

I just love the looks of it. Far gone are the days of a car that could fit in a shoe box, tho. We're talking about a wide and long MINI, which only retains the essence of the original looks.

But they do it well, and the new MINIs are hot commodities.

Among the many colourful showcases is the John Cooper Works Concept.

The JCW models are always outstanding, and this one is no exception, with an aggressive aero kit and tasteful, exciting colour theme. An interesting detail is the brushed metal paint job. Get up close and personal with it, it's worth the look.

Those who want to bring home a part of these exciting brands home are met with the full range of MINI, BMW and BMW M accessories at the exit of BMW World.

Luggage, Tees, miniatures, bicycles, they have it all there for all ages and wallet sizes.

BMW World Singapore will be open until Sunday 3 August, so head down there for your car fix before it closes its doors for another 4 years!


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