Cars We Drive! - Page 943
I agree, modern BMWs just look cheaper and cheaper each generation. The E34 was probably the last great looking BMW.
Comparing prices of a year old M6 Gran Coupe with a RS7 and a CLS63, the RS7s are significantly more expensive than the M6. But the CLS63s are about 10.000 less then the M6 and even 20.000 Euros below the RS7. I dunno why, all three plattforms are about the same age. Probably the Audis come with more options, but on the other hand, the 6 Series and the CLS are aimed to a more upscale clientle than the A7 (BMW with significantly more powerful engines, front wheel drive at the base A7).
For me a good thing, because I would never consider buying these cars new and I think the rear end of the A7 is really ugly, almost as ugly as the BMW 5er GT.
On a sidenote, a friend of mine, who happens to be an oral surgeon, told me he was approached several times by sales reps, who were trying to push him into buying a C63 at the price of a C 350 (which is about 20k Euros or 30 % off list). This seems to be a programm aiming for physicians and dentists in general.
It was just a quick search, nothing serious. Regarding the rarity, there are about 40 M6 Gran Coupe, 60 CLS63 and 50 RS7 available at that site. And in general, I see the current generations of Audi S/RS or AMG models more often than the M's. Especially the Audi SQ 5 TDI is so often at the streets, I am starting to think that Audi gave the early customers a free engine upgrade ;-). (Yes, I know, the S-Models are more in line with the 35i/40d or 35d/40d in terms of price and performance).
Ah, yes. Likely because it was designed by the masters. Spada and Mays. I did like Bangle a lot as well. Love or hate him, at least he made for a good discussion and was not bland.