Ten Stunning BMW Designs Brought to Life
Earlier this week, BMW pulled the wraps off the production version of its i3 electrically powered supermini, and it raised more than a few sets of eyebrows. The wild styling of the i3 Electric City-Car Concept — originally unveiled in Frankfurt in 2011 — came over to the production version nearly unchanged, including all the sharp angles and futuristic cues. But this was not the first time that BMW has pushed the limits of its cars. Sure, not all have made it to production form, but BMW has had a rich history of concepts that push the limits of styling and automotive design. Here are our ten favorite BMW designs:
If you grew up in the 1990’s, then you know this as Steve Urkel’s ride on Family Matters, but the Isetta’s roots go much farther back than the heyday of TGIF. Of course, the Isetta’s basic design didn’t come from BMW at all. It came from the Italian firm Iso SpA, and BMW perfected it with a more robust engine. The Isetta was perfectly tailored for city driving, and is credited with keeping BMW from being taken over by Mercedes-Benz in the 1950s. Today the car enjoys a cult following and is sure to turn heads even today.
BMW’s first and (arguably) only true supercar was completely a BMW. The body was designed by Giugiaro and assembled by Lamborghini, but the engine is all Bimmer. The dual-cam M88-designation motor is a 3.5-liter inline-6 that would go on to power the first M5 and M6, and is essentially the formula around which an entire brand would be built.
We here in the States would eventually get the Z3 roadster, but not before Europe got the Z1. The innovative little runabout had a unique slide-down door, and could be traced back to this car, the Z1 Coupe Concept. Employing then-leading materials and construction techniques, and the shooting brake design would not be seen in a BMW again until the BMW Z3 Coupe and M Coupe.