This is what someone more clued up has to say on the subject:
Here’s a couple of bits and pieces about the mighty BMW 640d. Seems odd to be able to refer to a diesel as ‘mighty’ but such it is and a real sign of the times. I guess it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that diesels are finally where it’s at for real-world useable performance mated to stunning economy, given that diesel cars have dominated the winners enclosure at Le Mans for the past 5 or 6 years.
Anyway, for the record the 640d produces 313bhp and an eye-watering 465lbs/ft of torque, giving the Uber-coupe figures of 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds and onto an electronically governed top speed of 155mph. DMS and other such companies will further enhance the power levels to 380+ bhp and 580+lbs/ft torque for a modest sum (under £1k) and remove the top speed limiter at the same time, giving performance figures of circa 4.5 0-60 and 180+ mph. Add in sensational levels of in-gear acceleration to rival most supercars and a fantastic 8 speed gearbox that works brilliantly both as a flappy paddle manual AND as a full auto (very rare to have both work this well) and the ability to cross continents with ease, returning 50+ mpg and 850 mile range between fill-ups and I think you might begin to see why this middle-aged geezer is so interested in this level of middle-aged comfort :)
I sat in the 1 series and it was really nice (thats always the feeling you get in a new car right ?) this was a magnificent blue however. More interesting perhaps was the silver active tourer model which is a front wheel drive MPV. It seems to review quite well but for me didnt look so much like a bmw anymore and the fwd will upset most bmw purists, the car isnt designed for them either and rwd upsets perhaps the target audience.
The F-type from is yet another engineering miracle from its makers. Fast, powerful, and agile could perfectly describe this wonderful machine. Equipped with supercharged engines and lightweight aluminum body, this machine can provide you with all the thrills you expect from a wonder car like this. F-type is available in both coupe as well as convertible. It comes in three models, entry level F-Type, F-Type S and F-Type R. Though all the three models are similar in design, but engine wise there is a big difference.
Interiors It is a two seated setup. Equipped with leather interiors and its control buttons finished in aluminium. It has a touchscreen display planked with eight buttons in the centre. It provides you with full range of programs such as navigation, communication, car setup and indeed entertainment. Another display is present between the dials. Knobs and toggles are there for climate control. The interior is a perfect blend of intuitive technology with functional ergonomics. Every bit of the machine gives you the feel of a perfect sporting style. The cockpit is designed keeping in mind both traditional as well as trendy drivers. Body Another important feature that F-Type comes in is the very light in weight aluminium body. This lightweight body combined with super powerful engine gives you a perfect torque to weight and power to torque ratio that you expect from such a mean machine. All the three F-Type use a QuickShift ZF automatic transmission which very fast and superbly refined. Jaguar F-Type Entry level Jaguar F-type fills the gap between Porsche Boxster as well as Porsche 911. It gives a perfect blend of strong performance match with good driving dynamics. It has a powerful 336bhp engine and an eight –speed QuickShift gearbox. It certainly is more grown than Boxster and also more financially convenient than 911. Though termed as entry level, it doesn’t compromises on any aspect. It is surely going to attract 80 percent of its buyer from other Jaguar rivals brand. Jaguar F-Type S V6 Next in the line is, Jaguar F-Type S V6, it is more powerful and also offers a bit more performance wise. It comes with a 375bhp engine and move from 0 to 60 in less than 5.2 sec. On performance basis, if compared to entry level it has better suspensions, chassis, breaks and steering. Even the exhaust can be heightened by Dynamic Drive system which permits the user to tweak steering feel, gear change speeds and exhaust noise, all at a press of a button. Jaguar F-Type V8 R Now about the F-Type V8 R, this certainly is a hell of a car. Its makers claim that it can reach top speed of 186mph and go from 0 to 100 in less than 8.8 sec. Now that is super speed. This speed match with terrific beauty in its handling makes this a perfect car for its owners. It comes with a mighty 5 litre, V8 engine that is capable of producing astonishing 489bhp. This might not out of the class numbers, but when you consider that f-type is made up of complete aluminium body, you’ll realize the supremacy of the machine.
With the release of the Fast & Furious 6 movie this has been a week of bliss for petrolheads. I must admit I left the car craze behind in my twenties, but I did enjoy see the film last night, so be sure to check out my review
At the local cinema, they had an actual car used in filming parked outside. Here are some pics: