My love affair with Jaguar cars goes way back to when I was knee-high to a grasshopper… I have vivid memories in 1971 of playing in my uncle’s 1950’s era Mark 2 Jag – thrilled at the time to even be in the presence of it! I can still remember the smell of the leather and the details of that car today. A few years later I got the opportunity to sit in the infamous Jaguar E-Type at a car dealership while my parents were shopping for a new car. I can still remember the pale-yellow convertible that The Daily Telegraph newspaper includes in a list of the world’s “100 most beautiful cars” of all time. Only 8,626 of those beauties were ever made and I got to sit in one – what a thrill! A number of years ago my wife and I got a surprise invitation from BMW to test their new 5-series against several competitive cars – the Jaguar S-Type was among the choices and I immediately grabbed the keys to that. …
My favourite BMW has always been the 5 Series – for some reason the designers get it PERFECT every time it’s re-designed. I also think it’s the perfect size of car with the 3-series being a little snug and the 7-series being just a little bit too big – especially when driving around the smaller towns and cities in Europe. On our last trip to Germany there were three adults, so the 3 Series would never cut it size-wise and with two of us being women… you know the car had to be more than a little accommodating for luggage. I hadn’t driven the newly re-designed in 2011 BMW 5 Series, so this was the perfect opportunity to grab one for our two-week working vacation. Obviously the sedan wasn’t big enough, so I booked a wagon – or Touring.
Last week we had the opportunity to drive the amazing Genesis Coupe V-6 GT. This week we drive the 4-door version – same engine, but an automatic instead of a manual transmission. So is this a 4-door on steroids or a completely different car altogether? Surprisingly, there seems to be no correlation between the two vehicles – apart from sharing an engine and the name, you’d think these cars weren’t even related.
Chris Bangle has been castigated relentlessly for a few years now since he completely re-designed the BMW 7 series. Fortunately, he did a much better job with subsequent re-designs… and they actually look fantastic – especially the 5 series. I’ve always loved the look of the BMW 5 Series, and I think the newest rendition is gorgeous!