BMW at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018
We wouldn’t have a page long enough to tell you about all the stunning automotive finery on display at this year’s show. So instead, we’ve picked just a few of our favourites as well as some closing shots of the whole festival.
The Z8 and Z1
Sitting side by side in the paddock car park, these legendary Z cars weren’t even part of the main show. As we took a wander through the adjoining field, we came across these beautiful examples surrounded by other visitor’s prized possessions. After seeing countless modern-day Ferrari’s, McLaren’s, Porsche’s and more, these Z cars were a refreshing change from the norm.
Both cars famed for good reason - the Z1’s vertically retracting windows-into-door, door-into-side sills mechanism, pushed the stereotype out the window that only supercars of that era could have an extravagant entrance. The ability to also lower and drive whilst on the move was an added bonus putting the driver into their surroundings with an open top to fully experience this unique feature.
On the flip side, the Z8 doesn’t have any crazy swanky contraptions, more that it just oozes sophistication. Premiering with Pierce Brosnan on the filming of the James Bond film, The World is Not Enough, the Z8 has unrivalled good looks crafted within its all-aluminium body and chassis. The 4.9 litre V8 boasts 400hp with a 0-60 time of 4.7 seconds and with only 555 ALPINA units produced, this number 144 is a spectacular find on our Goodwood tour.
The F90 M5
Shown in their striking Java Green, BMW highlight their ‘Individual Program’ – a catalogue of personal options to tailor your desired BMW. Bold and beautiful shades including Purple Silk, San Marino Blue and even a Ferrari Red are available for the M5. We took a moment to sit in the driver’s seat, admiring the long vivid bonnet monstering ahead.
The first thing that catches your eye is the level of detail within the interior trim. Above the metallic panels of the door card, thin backlit strips hued in matching green curve across the length of the door, black leather seats bolstered to perfect comfort and stability whilst passengers at the front get to enjoy not only heated and cooled seat options, but also a massage function for the ultimate driving experience.
The F90 has taken some leaps in performance from its F10-gen M5 that preceded it. Now boasting 600hp and 553lb-ft of torque, the 4.4litre twin turbocharged V8 has upped its game. Coupled with a new eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox and optional AWD, the F90 M5 now can put down a 0-60 time in 3.2 seconds compared to the 3.9 secs from the F10 Competition Pack.
This car definitely delivers on all aspects – speed, comfort, practicality, style and most importantly – fun. The ability to only have drive to the rear wheels still gives BMW their signature delivery of being top choice for your next drift machine and on this occasion, the new M5 doesn’t disappoint.
The Z4 Concept
“Born to be wild” is the tag line that BMW have chosen to sit alongside the Z4 and we don’t think that they are wrong! It’s taken quite a leap from its predecessor E89 with enlarged grilles detailing chunky ridged diamond-shaped mesh indented in from its chromed surrounds. The lower quarter of the face follows through from its F8/9X M counterparts but with very distinct emphasis on its centred snarl crafted in carbon fibre. The long curved sweeping bonnet characteristic of the Z series is still enjoyed and when moving round the body to the rear, well, let’s just say, our jaws didn’t stay up.
Wow. That’s pretty much the extent of all the words we could muster. The ducktail lip is even more prominent than before with curved horizontal indents paralleled on the lower bumper to add symmetry to the rear. Deep vertical inlets on the rear corners hold an open wide stance to the Z4’s framing, completing with OLED rear light clusters that states a sublime, sleek finish to the Z4’s style. The pictures really don’t do it justice!
Unfortunately we couldn’t get as close up to this as some of their other showings, so no driver seat review. But from what we could see, the 2-seater sports convertible looked spacious for those requiring more legroom than sometimes traditionally given in a roadster, coupled with superbly sleek interior styling to match its evolved exterior-aesthetic prowess. The Z4 shown is still in concept stage and is likely to differ slightly when delivered from production, but for now, we like what we see so keep your eyes peeled in 2019 for the full release!
These are just some of the exceptional examples that were on show during our visit but we were only there for one day to take a look around so we were bound to not see everything on display. If you managed to make it to this year’s show and snapped some stunning examples, show us what you loved by tagging us on Instagram @mstyleuk
It certainly was a spectacular event and has gotten us eager to get tinkering with our motors again! We have thousands of performance and styling parts for current and classic BMW’s, as well as a fully facilitated workshop to paint and fit parts, service your vehicle or repair any bodywork or mechanical and electrical faults. Be sure to take a look through our website here www.mstyle.co.uk or if you can’t find what you are looking for, call one of our specialists on 0208 598 9115 and we will be happy to help. For now, we will leave you with some closing shots of Goodwood and happy motoring for 2018!