My 2 cents on the BMW M5 CS and the much talked about grille
Mr Van Hooydonk, for what it's worth, I think you're doing a good job
BMW chief designer Adrian Van Hooydonk spends 50% of his time designing new cars and 50% of his time explaining why he still stands by his idea that the front grille in certain models must be ginormous. In fact, if I had a dollar for every time I read an interview with Mr Van Hooydonk talking about the front grille in new BMW models, I could probably afford a brand new M5 now.
BMW is in good shape, faring better than most and still selling cars like candies. Some of the models in the line-up are indeed equipped with a stupidly large front grille but I think it looks dumb because the car is small in comparison, I'm thinking about the new iNext and 4-Series for example. But then again on the opposite end of the scale, you'll find cars like the X7 where the front grille looks a bit better, imho, simply because the X7 is a what most scientists would call 'massive'.
I don't mind a big grille on a car, but I do mind the supersized kidney grille in some of the models not because it's big but because it's downright ugly. Kidney grilles only work when they're tiny. And when all is said and done, I think the BMW M4 is a good-looking car, even with the front grille, and the BMW M5 CS is an equally interesting proposition, without the grille.
Cars are getting boring but the M4 and the M5 aren't boring, which is a plus. If you were to go out there and buy this car, in this exact spec and colour (it's green but BMW calls it Brand Hatch Gray), you'd have a car with gold rims and gold accents contrasting the gloss black grille. You'd have an interesting combination with an aggressive rear bumper and a lip spoiler. You'd have a visually enticing contrast between white and fluorescent yellow for the LED headlights. You'd have carbon accents and bucket seats and the silhouette of the Nürburgring on the headrests.
And you'd have a 626-hp 4.4-litre V8 to play with, the most powerful M car ever. The top speed is electronically limited... to 190 mph. The M5 CS does 0-60 in 3 seconds, 0-124 in 10.4 seconds.
The new BMW M5 CS will go on sale in Spring 2021 and set you back £140,780. Worth it?