New 6er initial reaction
I'll start by saying that I don't own a E24 (though I'd like to if money permitted), but that it was the model that got me interested in BMWs as a kid. Given that and the fact that I've so far NOT been a fan of the Bangle School, here's my thoughts on the new 6 now that official photos and information is out.
Overall, I'd say my reaction is surprisingly positive. The E60/65/85 all have design features that I calearly don't like, and having seen the 7 and Z4 up close many times, their looks definitely grow away from me. The E60 seems less bad but I've yet to see one IRL.
Bangle seems to think that he's breaking new ground, and he is in some aspects, yet is also rather derivitave in others. Here's what I see:
New Accord hood
Porsche 996 greenhouse/rear profile (imagine the Bangle Butt removed) with a touch of Toyota Solara in the taillights.
The headlights clearly link it with both the facelifted E46 coupe and the E65's eyebrows. It does without the bucktooth foglight surround that ruins the E46 facelift. It has the fat upper crossbar on the kidneys per the E65 (the E60 does not have this) but the entire grille doesn't hang down and drag on the ground like the E85.
It does without any Zorro lines or the concave slab sides that completely ruined the E85 for me in person. No pointless curved doorsill (E85, CS1) yet for no apparent reason the rocker panel cutline moves up a couple of inches behind the door. The obligatory Bangle Butt is there and bigger than ever (somehow reminds me of the boiler cover of an early Stanley Steamer), yet doesn't seem nearly as tacked-on as the E65. Maybe its the cleanliness of not having the light/chrome strip and license cutout. The cleanliness is somewhat ruined by the busier look below the bumper with the reflector/reverse lens and exhaust cutouts in the protruding valance. And why is the fuel filler door so big and oddly shaped?
It seems like not many interior shots have been released yet, but it naturally continues the uncanted, 'floating' dash of the 'new look.' What I did notice is that the iDrive controller is way over there perpetuating the "iDrive=You Drive" criticism.
I'm looking forward to seeing it in the flesh to see if the aspects I've noticed in the photos speak to me in the same ways or not.