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z4 and Bangle-bashing in latest Autocar

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Well there are some more pics of the new Z4 in the new Autocar, with almost no disguise. The same black prototype we've been getting pics of till now. The stupid concave and convex panels on the side are very clear and follow almost the same lines as the x-coupe concept. And its got the hideous hump in the back. Its also got the CS1 tailights with the droop on the far ends. The headlights were still masked but the overall front look is pretty easy to make out, and pretty easy to not like. But overall IMO the front is better (but doesn't mean good) than the side and back.

On the same page they mention the petition on petitiononline.com where they said there have been 947 petitions to date, to get rid of Bangle. And they mention roadfly.org and a poll in which 44% of respondents said "get a rope!" implicating Bangle for the horrible new designs. They also say that if they thought the new 7 was ugly, wait till they see the Z4. Funny, I remember reading almost exactly the same thing about the new 5....something along the lines of "if you thought the new 7 was radical, wait till you see the 5".

Guys, whats gonna happen to the 3? I'm really getting scared now....
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Teej said:
Guys, whats gonna happen to the 3? I'm really getting scared now....
Since Bangle is a very talented guy when it comes to disforming and flaming sheet metals :D, I think AG won't let him play his own music on the next 3 ( just because of the reason that 3 series is the most important income source of the AG). From the articles I'm reading here, the top level management is observing very carefully the design development of the next 5 series.

And I think that the time between the release of the next 5 series and the sales numbers of the E65 till that time will tell us the success/failure of the notorious trunk design.

If the Board of Managers finds the numbers satisfactory, we may expect a 'slightly' civilized version of the E65 trunk on the E60. Otherwise, I don't think that BMW will risk it to leave the decision alone to Bangle and Honkydonk again. It'd be too dangerous for the company's future.
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