Has the time to revive big, boaty, bloated, heavy, luxury, semi-sporty 2+2s come?
As we all know by now, BMW recently revived the big grand tourer that once shared its engine with what then was the fastest car in the world. So how much space for rivalry is there?
Let me first take you down a trip along memory-lane… the year is 1957, a couple BMW executives talk about making a luxury sports car… one that can perform a little, but would never be able to compete in big races, but doesn’t even come close to costing as much as the big guns like the Mercedes 300SL, Maserati 3500 and Aston DB4. So they made a middle-class, medium power, luxury convertible… and they called it; the 507 (how Peugeot was okay with that, we’ll never know).
This was when BMW was upper-middle class. Below them were cheaper sports cars like the Alfas, and the many British roadsters. Above them were the big boats with their big, powerful engines. You could sort of bring that back. Porsche has undoubtedly learned its lesson when it introduced their trans-axle GTs in an attempt to kill what is probably the longest surviving sports-car range, but they’ve now gotten a bit of a following. What they could do is bring back the trans-axle alongside everything they offer now, I think it’ll be decent. They could use the current Panamera’s design (maybe update it a little to make it resemble the 992 a bit more), stretch the nose, get rid of the back doors, make everything nice and smooth, and there you’d have it… a good looking FR Porsche GT.
Believe it or not… I’d say this is a longer shot than the Porsche idea. Anyway…
I’ve talked about this idea before, but it wouldn’t be bad, would it? Mazda is currently trying to become more of an executive brand, and this would be the best way to do so. Of course they can continue offering their regular line-up, as they’ve established themselves as proper producers of family cars, so here’s what I think they should do.
Firstly; sell the CX-8 in more countries than just Japan… or offer the CX-5 with the same interior options. Secondly; take the RX Vision, give it one of their regular piston engines, and as they’re talking of making one already, maybe offer one with a straight-6, give it the interior of the new 3(/Axela)(considering Mazda re-uses a lot of their interiors, the 2(/Demio), CX3 and MX5 all have the same dash, door panels and centre-console), and call it either the Cosmo or the MX6… or both, considering (for some reason, dunno why) they sell most of their cars with full names in Japan (Demio, Axela, Atenza) and numbers in the rest of the world (2, 3, 6). So; the Cosmo in Japan, and the MX6 in the rest of the world?
Also, in terms of size… if they’re going to turn it into something luxurious, they may want to make it a bit bigger, though if they do, they should only do the rear, the nose is big enough already.
(FYI; the RX Vision is smaller than an F-Type)
So what do you think? Should they big GTs make a return? I think they should, I quite like them.