Instead, we have “the brand’s hallmark six-cylinder engine” in what is likely B58 form. It’s a great engine, but it’s also pretty common. The S58 from the M4 could have added a little more excitement, and a quad-exit exhaust, functional fender vents, and a wider track would certainly give it more aggression.
However, BMW launched this as a design concept inspired, in part, by the BMW 328 Touring Coupe of 1940 Mille Miglia fame, with subtle influences from the BMW 02 Series Touring models. BMW wanted this car to be classically stylish. BMW wanted to highlight elegance. BMW wanted to imply luxury. Performance is not a chief concern, and if this – or something similar – is ever sold as a road car, the buyer will make the purchase because of how it looks rather than how it drives.
If the reception at Villa d’Este is good enough, perhaps BMW will be motivated to give it another go with an M version later on. Regardless, it’s a stunning proposition that shows Munich can still make a pretty car.