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    Canary Wharf Motorexpo 11-17 June 2012

    It's pouring with rain here in London .... ahh, it must be that time of year ... the Canary Wharf Motorexpo.

    Every year it rains on them for at least half of the week and still they never change the scheduling ....

    Needless to say, in this heavy rain, I haven't had a chance to go and take a look around ... I'll pop in if it stops raining and the grass dries out a bit ...

    http://www.motorexpo.com/


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    997.1 C2S
     GT Silver/Cocoa, -20mm/LSD, PSE, short shifter, SportDesign rims, Zuffenhausen pickup, BMW Z4 2.5i Roadster Sterling Grey/Red


    Re: Canary Wharf Motorexpo 11-17 June 2012

    Finally, it's stopped raining here in London. I will try to have a walk round today if I get time :)


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    997.1 C2S
     GT Silver/Cocoa, -20mm/LSD, PSE, short shifter, SportDesign rims, Zuffenhausen pickup, BMW Z4 2.5i Roadster Sterling Grey/Red


    Re: Canary Wharf Motorexpo 11-17 June 2012

    Haha - glorious summer sunshine today ... I had a nice stroll around the cars on display ... some really gorgeous cars.

    Although there was nothing that special in Canada Square and Jubilee Park, there were some fabulous cars on display inside One Canada Square's lobby and in the East Wintergarden and the West Wintergarden.

    I took some photos and hope to post them later.

    There was a Lamborghini Reventon, Aventador, Gallardo Superleggera, McLaren MP4-12C, Ferrari Dino 246, F40, California, Ford GT, Jaguar E Type, Mercedes SL63 AMG, Bentley Continental GT, Maserati Gran Turismo, Aston Martin Vantage Roadster, Rolls Royce Drophead Coupe, Ghost etc.


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    997.1 C2S
     GT Silver/Cocoa, -20mm/LSD, PSE, short shifter, SportDesign rims, Zuffenhausen pickup, BMW Z4 2.5i Roadster Sterling Grey/Red


    Re: Canary Wharf Motorexpo 11-17 June 2012

    Nice one mate!
    What kind of show is it? I have the feeling it is a bit of a small scale one, but with some nice cars nevertheless.
    What is the purpose of the show, selling cars? Do they charge entree fee, or is it just something to keep people entertained and interested in the area or so?


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    Porsche, seperates LeMans from LeBoys

    Re: Canary Wharf Motorexpo 11-17 June 2012

    Joost, it's completely free. It is the world's largest free motor show.

    Originally, it started out as a few dealers trying to sell expensive cars to investment bankers. Well, now, about a decade later, it has grown a lot. There are lots of premium sportscars but also plenty of vintage cars and other types of car as well. There is quite a large area for trying Range Rover/Land Rover type models. There are also plenty of test drives available as many manufacturers now also participate.

    Mercedes has a large fleet of test drive vehicles. I was lucky to have a test drive this morning in a green Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera. That was a lot of fun.

    It is usually very busy at lunchtime and after work. I went there this morning between meetings when it was still quiet. I was able to take lots of pics without too many other people in the way :)


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    997.1 C2S
     GT Silver/Cocoa, -20mm/LSD, PSE, short shifter, SportDesign rims, Zuffenhausen pickup, BMW Z4 2.5i Roadster Sterling Grey/Red


    Re: Canary Wharf Motorexpo 11-17 June 2012

    Compared to a proper motor show like Frankfurt, it is small but then again, it doesn't have displays of Seat, Fiat, Nissan, Ford etc. This show concentrates on the more desirable cars that investment bankers will prefer.


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    997.1 C2S
     GT Silver/Cocoa, -20mm/LSD, PSE, short shifter, SportDesign rims, Zuffenhausen pickup, BMW Z4 2.5i Roadster Sterling Grey/Red


    Re: Canary Wharf Motorexpo 11-17 June 2012

    At the nearby Porsche showroom in Canary Wharf, there is a red 991S and a black 981S. Haven't had a chance to check them out yet but I hope to do it over the next couple of weeks during lunch ...


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    997.1 C2S
     GT Silver/Cocoa, -20mm/LSD, PSE, short shifter, SportDesign rims, Zuffenhausen pickup, BMW Z4 2.5i Roadster Sterling Grey/Red


    Re: Canary Wharf Motorexpo 11-17 June 2012

     

    Took a close look at the new BMW 6 series Gran Coupe, the CLS's competitor.

    The design is not cohesive at all .. the lines jar, there are far too many lines, the front is ugly with a jaw that's too big, the rear is hideous with lighting that just does not gel with anything -- it's as if the lights have been taken from a completely different car and stuck on.

    The side profile is just as bad, it's not elegant, it's not contemporary; it's just plain horrible. It's sort of car shape drawn by kindergarden children.

    The interior is very tight .. nowhere near as spacious as the old or new CLS. Worse, the plastics are fisher price quality, more Kia, than BMW. The leather was so coarse and rough, I actually wandered whether it was in fact leather. Artico from Mercedes is leagues ahead. 

    Perhaps this was a pre-production car.

    The dash and the front centre tunnel and console is tyical BMW but in this confined space feels completely out of sorts, much like a rubgy prop trying to squeeze into economy seats at the back of the plance.

    And this was a 640i priced at £80k .. the price nearly of a CLS63.

    Utter disaster for BMW.

    I'll be very surprised if they sell more than a handful.

     


     
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