Sechs Appeal?

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Does the new BMW Six Series improve on Bangle’s wild-eyed vision of an avant-garde gentleman’s coupe, or is it as bland as the music it’s introduced to here? Personally, I’d vote for the latter, but then I always thought that the last Sechser was one of Bangle’s more successful designs, injecting some much-needed vitality in the otherwise ultra-conservative world of German full-sized coupes. But then I’m still decades away from being in the target demographic for the Six Series… what say you?

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  • Jonny b Jonny b on Dec 01, 2010

    With all the baroque styling out there I actually think BMW could do well to go in the complete opposite direction and make it even more boring. Call it “radical blandness”. I’ve always been a fan of the boxy, minimalist styling of 1980’s BMW and Mercedes. Imagine if they brought that look back and really committed to it. It would be a refreshing change from the overwrought styling of today’s Cadillac, Audi, and of course the monstrosity of Acura. This 6 series looks like they want to head in that direction but don’t want to make such a radical break from the Bangle mangle. I think they should just go for it. Get rid of the creases and odd lips and protrusions. The rear end looks particularly unresolved. Square off the corners and flatten the sides and you’d have a very handsome car in my opinion. Right now the surface treatment detracts from the inherent beauty of the underlying proportions.

  • CJinSD CJinSD on Dec 01, 2010

    Most of the Bangle 6s here have 24 inch wheels, even the M6s. It isn't an image I'd like to cultivate. This one should go over just fine with the same demographic.

  • Domestic Hearse Domestic Hearse on Dec 01, 2010

    Wouldn't kick her out of my garage for eating crackers.

  • Rxphink Rxphink on Dec 01, 2010

    Looks like a Sebring... So yes, Bleh indeed.