crossfire looks macho, too bad it dances like a bitch -- the SLK platform, drivetrain, and even the interior (look at it, it's an SLK with chrysler badging and details!) are all awful.
Bangle's stuff works.
Once the entire line is reworked, it'll become much more evident the grand plan
there are two aesthetics - the 'sculptural' forms of the 6 and 7, and the 'flame surfacing' which is evident on the Z4 and on the CS1 concept.
the line will be a progression from flame-surfacing on the lower end cars to the more 'sculptural' on the higher end. witness the 5- it's a mix of the two aesthetics. it's got some of the 'sculptural' form language, but with the flame surfacing surface detailing.
the upcoming 4 and 3 will probably be the same way. again, because they're BMW's bread and butter offerings, they can't be too radical.
Having a new 545i in the family, it's a hell of a car. a hell of a car. iDrive in its revised form is easy to use, hell, it's even INTUITIVE! Active steering is the mutt's nuts - going from driving the 5 to any other car, even another BMW - is disconcerting because the other car feels so unresponsive compared to the 5.
The 6 is gorgeous. Photos don't do it justice - the design has gravitas and elegance in person. Any comparison to a Pontiac is unwarranted, the only similarity is the twin-grilles. As soon as an actual order time is established, pretty sure one's (maybe even a cabrio!) making its way into the family garage.
The new TL is an uglier version of the TSX. The side and rear end designs of the TSX are nicer than the TL's. That groove in the side and the wonky rear just kill the car. Like the TSX though, very clean for a Japanese design.
270 HP + FWD = Torque steer. Problem.
Mazda 3 looks quirky, but good. Not sure how well the RX-8 tail schema translates to a hatch or a small sedan.
Satchmo, i'm really curious what pictures you've seen of the upcoming 3.
None of the spy shots have any real idea what it's going to look like, they're all cobbled together from other models...
Eugene: Since when do Benzes look like Japanoboxes?
A Benz should be big, square, boxy. Always have been, always should be.
Save the roadsters, the SL is fine, but the SLR and upcoming SLK are both disgusting. Too busy. The F1 nose detail = ugh. Cheesy.
They'll undoubtedly apply that disgusting little detail to the otherwise good SL design, though.
The previous CLK vs the new CLK, the new one looks cheap and feminine by comparison. Mercedeses are big brutes of cars, in the same vein as how Bentleys are to be 'locomotives on wheels' --
Funny, how the Lexus LS looks more like a proper iconic Mercedes than the S class does.
Mercedes needs to abandon their current design direction, as it does not have any driving clarity of vision-- it's just application of the same swoopy, droopy (see the new CLS concept car?), melty language to different forms, and putting some sort of rounded, or half-rounded headlights and vaguely triangular taillights on it.
The Z4 is not as well-resolved as it should be. I agree. The rear end proportions are the problem. A longer Z8 style tail would have obviated many of the concerns with the current design. The surfacing details are fascinating, though, and the interior is, again, fantastic. There was no evolutionary course to be taken from the Z3- revolution had to occur.
It's bolder than anything else put forth by a luxury carmaker in the past few years, at least since the Audi TT - i respect the design for that.
It did win Automobile magazine's design of the year award, in its defence.