Thank You, Chris Bangle! Thank you for...
When I drove the first X3 “SAV” a few years ago, I hated Bangle again. It was the boring interior, the lack of any creature comforts and the fact that every mildly interesting BMW feature was to be found only on its big brother, the X5. “Marketing reasons” - I was told... I didn't even know if that crapmobile was Bangle's fault but I again hated him with all my guts. There's a lot to say about the BMW X3 and the “revolutionary” materials I was to find in its interior, but we should keep this conversation on cars only. How about the new X6?
The moment I first test drove the X6 I had the biggest shock possible. Maybe it's something completely subjective (and it is), but I haven't seen many cars which are uglier than a BMW X6. I don't even know if “ugly” is the correct term. Abominable maybe? Scary? Hideous? You pick the best adjective. I began hoping that it's just a failed experiment (Bangle got his cursing ratio obviously) and that BMW will come back to its senses with the new 7-Series. It didn't happen.
I don't like the new 7-Series either. It doesn't bring anything completely new, it still doesn't have a ride-height adjustable suspension, no all-wheel drive and it still looks like a beached whale... Although it's more expensive and rarer than ever. Maybe the economic crisis will bring it the ever-dreaming aura of an exclusive sedan.
Meanwhile, Bangle left BMW. I don't know exactly why (meaning we might never know the actual truth). But anyway, why does it still matter? The fans opened bottles of champagne (I even bought a Dom Perignon) and we together cheered and hoped for a better BMW, a more beautiful one, more artistic, more... latin? OK, maybe not latin, but at least more beautiful. Maybe even safer, I told myself thinking about the way the 5-Series handled itself at the recent crash tests.
Anyway, a few days ago the first information about the new 5-Series GT surfaced the web. A GT from BMW? Wow! This is definitely something worth seeing, I said. But wait, the disappointment... just a horrific flatter X6. This is a BMW GT? You mean the X6 idea caught on? Will they make an X6 sedan too? Or maybe an even smaller X6, and so on?
The remaining question is this, to whom do I direct my “complaints” now? Bangle quit (and it's easy to see why after observing the new 5-Series GT) and I no longer have a hero, be it a negative one. Could Bangle get the same “credit” for Satan's offspring aka the 5-Series GT too?
Could the 5-Series GT actually be Bangle's testament? If it is, he can rest assured. The cursing has most likely arrived from everywhere by now. The same killer look, killing rear design, road-hugging snout, the lack of visibility coming from a miserable design and with no “GT” connections either!
So, thank very much Chris Bangle! Thank you for leaving! From myself and the bunch of BMW fans who are cursing you on the Internet. And I'm not even a BMW fan...
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I would love to see BMW get back to building and designing car's the way they did in the 90's and the early 2000's with style!
And yes, Thank you Chris Bangle! for leaving and don't you ever even think of coming back!!!!( Maybe you should go work for KIA they need help designing more ugly car's and SUV's) From a very loyal BMW fan and owner of Bimmer's.
take the new 5 seies GT for example and let us take new Mercedes E-Class(which to me it's uglier than BMW),you see a kind of new design for the Mercedes but a whole new idea for the BMW,wither you like the ''style'' or not.You see, there is a differance between design and style if you know what i mean.
Besides , enough saying that he put some new design items that other company follow it, for instance....Bangle butt-whitch by the way you see it in Mercedes S-Class-.
Any way this is my point of view, hope you like it.
Now I drive AUDI... Their cars never been ugly, but now especially attractive.
>>without the craziness of Bangle,the automotive designe world would be booring.<< Is that Bangle I should thank for 98% of modern cars being beyond ugly? Funny how polarity switched though... Ugly boxed Volvo became very good looking and beautiful BMW is so darn ugly...