Could this be a 2002Tii for our times, or maybe a reborn E36 328i coupe?
Do you know, it just might be. Remember the notion of BMWs as ultimate driving machines? As simple, straightforward but delightfully refined cars with a wide streak of fun? Put aside the X-model SUVs and the super-efficient little diesels, never mind the i cars. Even the ever-bigger and over-complicated M cars don't count here. I'm talking about what BMW was once all about - compact, rear-drive, beautifully engineered, straight-six if possible.
Less than one year in, and it's time to get excited over the Jaguar F-Type all over again. What we have here is the new Coupe body. If that's not enough, we've also got the R badge. With that, the supercharged 5.0-litre engine is cranked up to 542bhp, as opposed to the 488bhp of the far-from-unexciting V8S Convertible.
That's a lot of initials.
Aren't there just. First, in 2006, there was the XK, then the XKR arrived with a supercharger to partner the 5.0-litre V8, then along came the XKR-S with yet more power and control, now this, the XKR-S GT. Which is something altogether different.
Ford wants to become your universal provider of crossovers in Britain. What with the Kuga, now this dinky Ecosport and the upcoming Mondeo-sized Edge it unveiled at the LA show, the Blue Oval will have pretty well every size covered a year from now.
What is it?
The Exige V6 Cup is Lotus's riposte to the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, an even more stripped-out and razor-edged version of the already extreme Exige. Basically, it's a car that's as happy on the track as it is on the road.
What's this, then?
According to Fiat, it's a ‘small supercar'. Back in the real world, it's a yet-hotter 500 Abarth cooked up to celebrate 50 years since the launch of the original 595 Abarth.
What on earth is that?
It’s called the VWVortex ‘Superbeetle’. It’s got 500bhp. 500bhp from a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder TSI engine. It has four-wheel-drive, and a bodykit to make people of a certain persuasion weak at the knees.
You’ll know by now that the Nismo-tuned GT-R has 591bhp and – given the right German and with some Track Pack additions – can lap the Nürburgring in 7:08.679. You’ll also know that the 3.8-litre V6’s power has been boosted from 542 to 591 horsepower, torque’s increased from 465 to 481 lb ft and terminal velocity’s bumped from 196mph to… well, nobody actually knows.