A lot of sports car brands and even supercar brands have now launched luxury sports cars and SUV’s, I don’t have a problem with that at all. It’s a now a massive market, and a lot of people are buying cars in that market. However, there is one issue I have…Some aren’t very luxury at all.
My Dad has a supposed ‘luxury sports car’ a BMW 320D, and yes it does a heated leather seats, lots of leg room even in the back as well as climate control. But they’ve gone and fitted the car with ordinary sports suspensions which is as comfortable which is as comfortable as being pushed down the stairs of the Leaning Tower of Pisa whilst wearing a leg brace.
On a long journey it’s unbearable, having family in the North means that sometimes you have to pretend you like them and go and visit and I dread the journey. On a good run 4-5 hours sat in the back feeling every single bump the M6 has to offer. It’s not fun.
This is a similar problem that the Maserati Quattroporte has. Good noise, good car, bad suspension. I have no idea what the boffins were doing when they designed the car but I imagine that the bloke who decided to put on sports suspension was not the sharpest tool in the shed. By a long way.
“Boss at BMW: lads were gonna build a new luxury sports car. Parsons you do the interior, Williams, you’re in charge of design style and Murphy you in charge of brakes and suspension.”
“Murphy: right building a sports car, let’s get some suspension off the M3. That’ll be perfect”
“Everyone else: Pays no attention whatsoever”
Car companies have shown us that they can build a luxury car. Easy. They’ve also shown us that they can build a sports car. Easy. But combine the two and most car companies cannot comprehend the two. It will have the looks and styling both inside and out of a properly good car. But drive it and realise that a VW Transporter is more comfortable.