In addition to the showing of many privately owned BMWs, The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, or “The Amelia” as it has been called since last year’s event, brought a mix of modern and classic vehicles from both BMW and BMW M. The new X5 and X6, and their respective M variants, debuted. These X vehicles had a relatively short journey as they are being produced less than 400 miles away at Plant Spartanburg. BimmerLife recently covered the Sport Activity Vehicles’ new features, plus the M variants’ powerful 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain that has made its way under the hood of these refreshed siblings.
If classic cars are more your thing, BMW Group Classic’s display did not disappoint with the original BMW 3.0 CSL—the Batmobile! If the number 51 car looks familiar it’s probably because it belongs to none other than Scott and Fran Hughes. Scott is an avid BMW collector and is also a trustee of the BMW CCA Foundation. As if a Batmobile wasn’t enough, BMW Group Classic also had Walter Scott’s wonderful BMW 507 on display.
Other roadsters present at the event consisted of a gaggle of Z3s and Z4s, which you may have seen shared on BMW’s social media channels. BMW says, “The run-up to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance saw almost three decades of roadster history reunited. A road trip through Florida brought together a handful of BMW Z3 and BMW Z4 models from four generations. The line-up of cars selected for the tour from southern Florida to the venue for the classic car event in the north-east of the Sunshine State ranged from the BMW Z3 to the latest BMW Z4, which recently gained a fresh round of design and equipment updates.”
If you’d like to learn more about The Amelia experience, be sure to read BimmerLife’s interview with Jon van Woerden. —Mike Bevels
[Photos courtesy of BMW.]