BMW announced it lineup for the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, and it is a diverse mix of old, contemporary, and futuristic. You will get to see a BMW art car, a couple of classic paying homage to the 3 Series history, the new M4 high-performance coupe, and the i8 hybrid sports car. And as cherry for the top, the BMW M-powered McLaren F1 GTR race car will be on display as well.
Everybody knows about the fact that McLaren F1 used to be the fastest car in the world with a top speed of 186 km/h. But only a few know that it was a BMW engine that made it all possible. That 627 hp 6.1-liter V-12 in the McLaren F1 GTR Le Mans car is going to be one of the biggest attractions of this year’s Amelia Concours.
BMW lineup will also include a special display of vintage 3 Series models, including the first 320i offered in the U.S., as well as a rare example of the first 3 Series Convertible, a 1987 BMW 325i M Technic. They will be joined by the latest incarnation of the 3 Series, which is now known as the 4 Series, in form of the M4 Coupe.
The new Sports car is powered by an all-new in-line six turbocharged engine developing 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. The M4 Coupe is capable of going from 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds when equipped with the M-DCT transmission (4.1 seconds with standard 6-speed manual).
As interesting as the M4 is, it is nothing compared to the BMW i8 sports car; a sports car featuring a plug-in hybrid powertrain which combines a small TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine driving the rear wheels and a two-speed electric motor powering the front wheels. It accelerates from 0 – 60 mph in under 4.5 seconds, and yet returns upwards of 80 mpg highway fuel economy.
Last, but by no means least, you will get to see the very first BMW Art Car, a BMW 3.0 CSL, designed by American artist Alexander Calder.