Performance Model or just a Diesel with a SportPack?

1y ago


Car makers (especialy Germans) have all the more started to offer their basic models with optional garnishes and body kits to allow them to look near as identical to the high performance and expensive models. As a marketer it works brilliantly to sell more basic models, but as a petrolhead, nothing gets me more annoyed when I spot a BMW M4 in the distance just to realise it's a diesel up close. And as a result, a Mercedes A45 AMG can whoosh past me in traffic and I won't even bat an eye, with the presumption its a just a diesel with some AMG kit from the catalogue.

To illustrate my point, I have rounded up some cars which could either be the top end models we all aspire to own one day, or merely entry level models with some glam added. If you know your stuff you should get full marks. Just saying.

Do you agree that these kits are taking away some of the things that make the top end models so special? Or do you believe it makes good looks more affordable to the masses? Let us know in the comments.