Time for an inconvenient truth. No, not that one, with impossibly large global consequences – just a smaller, regularly inconvenient one: BMWs aren’t good-looking anymore. Sure, there’s a few exceptions in the muscular M2, reserved 5 Series and brutish M8 Competition, but that’s three cars out of an entire range with snouts that’d shame an elephant seal.
Clearly, BMW’s much more adroit at machinery than scenery these days – as evidenced by the powerplant nestled inside the M8 Comp that featured on Top Gear telly recently: 625bhp and 550lb ft from a 4.4-litre V8, with a full warranty. Sheer brilliance.
It’s little wonder, then, that so many car manufacturers have called on Munich to power their new models. And, if we’ve done our job right, there’ll be at least one here that you’ve never heard of.