What's Wrong With This Picture: What's German for Oxymoron Edition

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
what s wrong with this picture what s german for oxymoron edition

Across the e-transom this AM:

Both the existing Lorinser Limousine as well as the prototype of the extremely bold countenances: in particular their black coated grill makes them both “masked heroes of the autobahn”. The “bad touch” is additionally underlined on the four-door by the dark headlight caps and is expressed on the sports car prototype by the black-coated bonnet and roof. The fast duo also draw attention to themselves with a muscular front spoiler which is elongated further to the front. A colour-contrasted middle section of the bumper, the typical Lorinser gills in the fenders as well as the voluminous side sills skilfully underline the biceps of the automobile. In addition, the clearly-purist design of the basic bodywork is given interesting new optical emphases, including a firm rear, which the Lorinser rear apron forms with the diffuser. There is also a dynamic spoiler on the roof as well as something powerful for the ears: four sonorous exhaust pipes set off acoustic fireworks when you put your foot down. This power produces a tingle in the base of the stomach just like the power of the performance-improved engines from the Mercedes tuner.

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  • FreedMike FreedMike on Apr 22, 2009
    superbadd75 : April 22nd, 2009 at 10:23 am The new E Class is just not pretty. Something about it just strikes me as bloated but droopy. Agreed, I like the current series far better...it's classic, long, lean and elegant. And if you buy a RWD model, it's low the ground.

  • Meefer Meefer on Apr 22, 2009

    Usually these tuning houses take a really pretty car and make it ugly. This is making an ugly car.....well uglier. Didn't think that was possible. Makes the 5-series almost palatable.

  • Kevin L. Copple Kevin L. Copple on Apr 23, 2009

    I don't get it when it comes to Mercedes and BMW styling. They are all boring to ugly-boring to me. What am I missing? I truly do wish I could see what makes others excited about them. One exception for me was the BMW M1, whose body design was outsourced to Lamborghini as I recall.

  • GTIKLLR GTIKLLR on Apr 24, 2009

    I thought we all know that Bangle worked for Benz during the design phase of W212. Fortunately we were spared the droopy sideskirts a la BMW (Z through 7).