You could be forgiven for thinking this BMW Design rendering is of a powerboat interior.
But no, it's the inside of this wild child:
That's their recently-unveiled Concept Touring Coupé, a two-seater shooting brake. For the translation into sheet metal, they puffed up the proportions but maintained the loaded-slingshot gesture of the renderings:
"The BMW Concept Touring Coupé celebrates the original Sheer Driving Pleasure," says Domagoj Dukec, head of BMW Design. "A highly emotional vehicle like this shows that the passion for everything that goes into driving pleasure has been essential through the ages and will be for the future."
Fun fact: All of the grille vents are removable and can be used as tuning forks! (No they can't.)
In profile, the way the rocker panel sweeps upwards to visually jive with the beltline's crazy ascent is right at the edge of jarring—but I bet it grows on you over time, and a design move like this is too bold for others not to copy it. I just know we're going to see this pop up on competing vehicles.
The hard-edged, angular and very Modern Teutonic interior looks freaking amazing. There's a generous amount of leather in there, crafted by Poltrona Frau, no less. The Italian leather workshop also created the vehicle's matching luggage.
At press time there was no word on production plans. The Concept Touring Coupé was unveiled at this month's ritzy Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, held at Italy's Lake Como, to give you an idea of whose feedback they're looking for.
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Oh, wow - just enough room in the boot for two, maybe three handbags! I'm sold.
Poor explanation - my '0-degree' comment was meant to describe the near-level hood intersection moment with the windshield...feels broken and not integrated.
I like the rear 3/4 view - as it's probably where the concept designer spent the most time - but the near 0-degree joint of hood to windshield makes that intersection look like two disparate objects coming together, weakening the overall look with a significant 'crease' in the middle of that powerful profile. In renderings, the windshield was further raked back, off-setting that look a little, and the hood never made it to almost level at that point.