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      11-21-2019, 06:00 PM   #45
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As someone who very much enjoys a VW GTI or Audi S3 but prefers the design language and interior material choices of BMW I'm excited to test drive one of these. It might be a great replacement for my BM3 Stage II F30 328i in a couple years. And it would certainly compliment my LBB M2 nicely. The hood angle is a little frumpy, but I think this car would look great on coilovers.
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I actually think it would have looked decent if they would have just kept the normal Hofmeister kink and not screw it up
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M235i Coupe

Who is the target market

People who don't want an Audi or MB

I'd get a Honda Accord Sport
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      11-21-2019, 06:15 PM   #48
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I am glad someone mentioned the hood lines! This is a design trick to make the eyes wander as you approach the car. Toward the middle, it breaks up a large, boring, flat sheet of metal - to not look like a 70's Lincoln Continental. While, toward the fenders, rounds them to blend and make look wider. The inner to narrow and outer to widen - especially when sharing chassis's with other models... molding body parts around a chassis and power plant is MUCH easier than making unique chassis/model... Gee, who else shares build components with BMW... Not rocket science folks. But a few simple grips on a forum are not going to change billion dollar corporate forecasts...
I thought the hood line and shape did two things, to control air flow from tumbling over around the A-pillar for noise and drag and streams air over the windshield onto the back window and trunk and it helps control deformation in pedestrian impact in regards to the engine block - also why they use plastic and foam engine cover (which can be double- used for noise suppression).

The Mercedes CLA I think has similar hood design elements.
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      11-21-2019, 06:16 PM   #49
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Let's all be honest. 95% of these will be leased to high school kids in wealthy neighborhoods instead of the 3 series. That is, unless they want the x2 instead because US and our apparently love for SUVs
maybe, we will have to wait and see. Im curious myself to sit in one.
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Is this an assumption? Is this in the news?

Why would BMW do that?
Because the 2 gets the new interpretation of the classic kidney grille.
But instead of being full length like the 4.
The 2 Kidney Grille will be about half it size. But the outline of the Grille of the Gran Coupe remains except it's taller and less wide.
The C-Pillar quarterlight kink is also used.
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M235i Coupe

Who is the target market

People who don't want an Audi or MB

I'd get a Honda Accord Sport
Millennials and Generation Z. They are not like us. They are not interested in RWD experience. They don't like to travel by car. They want to live easy and be cool.
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That's a good thing actually,
KIA is doing really well these days.
Kia just snagged ex BMW designer Karim Habib, who wisely escaped the sinking ship Infiniti Motors.
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      11-21-2019, 08:41 PM   #53
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I hate this new design trend where they cut back the hood/bonnet with this ugly straight line across the car! Looks horrendous!
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I hate how BMW went away from the slats on the front grill. That and the roundel is what made it so easily identifiable.

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To be honest, this just looks like an X2..
It's so stupid to build all these even numbered sedans. It's why supposedly odd numbers were to be sedans and even numbers were to be coupes.

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Hopefully it sells terribly so they don't keep making cars like this. They need to clean house at BMW and reinvent themselves. Everything from design to engineering. They've lost so much ground over the past 5 years to the competition. I've owned 10 BMWs in the past 14 years. My current M2 will be the last BMW I'll own for the foreseeable future, and I'm selling it in a week.
I've got a 2016 640 coupe, and a 2020 440 convertible. They will be my last 2 BMW's.
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I thought the hood line and shape did two things, to control air flow from tumbling over around the A-pillar for noise and drag and streams air over the windshield onto the back window and trunk and it helps control deformation in pedestrian impact in regards to the engine block - also why they use plastic and foam engine cover (which can be double- used for noise suppression).

The Mercedes CLA I think has similar hood design elements.
Yeah, there are other purposes for why they are there ( crumple zones, aerodynamics,etc.). Just focusing on a design aesthetic point of view in order to not write one of the "blog-book" type posts. Yes there are a number of functional purposes as well.
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while i understand the market demand this is truly lack of innovation and just cheapening the brand down... this is literally an Audi S3 just 5 years later...
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Oh I didn't know this thing was gonna be in US market. I'd never want one but felt this would be like the 1 series and never see NA roads.
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Is this an assumption? Is this in the news?

Why would BMW do that?
This new 2GC is built on the fwd/mini(UKL) architecture, the next gen 2 series coupe is supposed to be built on the normal rwd/awd (CLAR) architecture I believe.
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      11-21-2019, 10:16 PM   #59
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BMW has lost its way with this one. The classy bmw styling is ravaged in this. The rear alone...what in the world. 🤮
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Here’s the thing. It’s ok for companies to experiment, but there’s an extreme that should not be reached, yet BMW decided to do it anyways. The reason why German cars appeal to me more than other cars is because they’re understated. German cars aren’t made to draw attention to themselves. They’re made for the driver to have confidence in his machine. When it comes to BMW, a simple sedan shouldn’t be as preposterously designed like this. It looks as if BMW’s designers were trying too hard to make a “cool” car. In reality, we all know the 2GC isn’t for the true BMW audience. It’s for the people who buy the car for the badge instead of the experience.
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Here’s the thing. It’s ok for companies to experiment, but there’s an extreme that should not be reached, yet BMW decided to do it anyways. The reason why German cars appeal to me more than other cars is because they’re understated. German cars aren’t made to draw attention to themselves. They’re made for the driver to have confidence in his machine. When it comes to BMW, a simple sedan shouldn’t be as preposterously designed like this. It looks as if BMW’s designers were trying too hard to make a “cool” car. In reality, we all know the 2GC isn’t for the true BMW audience. It’s for the people who buy the car for the badge instead of the experience.
What you're missing is that the current "bmw audience" mostly just want the badge.
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I hate this new design trend where they cut back the hood/bonnet with this ugly straight line across the car! Looks horrendous!
That's not new.

It's been a problem for quite some time now.
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Here's the thing. It's ok for companies to experiment, but there's an extreme that should not be reached, yet BMW decided to do it anyways. The reason why German cars appeal to me more than other cars is because they're understated. German cars aren't made to draw attention to themselves. They're made for the driver to have confidence in his machine. When it comes to BMW, a simple sedan shouldn't be as preposterously designed like this. It looks as if BMW's designers were trying too hard to make a "cool" car. In reality, we all know the 2GC isn't for the true BMW audience. It's for the people who buy the car for the badge instead of the experience.
So is a GT2, GT3, etc. understated? What about a Mercedes SLR or AMG GTS? How about a BMW Z8? Oh, what about the i8? I could go on. None of those cars are understated; not even close.


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What you're missing is that the current "bmw audience" mostly just want the badge.
This has been the case for two decades. The phenomenon is nothing new. There are badge whores in the Honda camp, Nissan camp, Ford camp, Audi camp, Mercedes camp, etc.
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Ugh that looks ugly. I don't even know how they approved the rear end design. Looks like they took the read end from three different cars and put them on top of each other.
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Horrible

Horrible design. Who are these designers, and who cleared this final design?

BMW has messed up its two iconic design elements - the kidney grilles and the hoffmeister kink - elements that all other carmakers bar Mercedes would give their arm and leg for. Not sure what BMW is thinking - with this abomination the H kink is completely gone.

Hard for me to decide whether this is more Sentra, Corolla or Focus.
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So is a GT2, GT3, etc. understated? What about a Mercedes SLR or AMG GTS? How about a BMW Z8? Oh, what about the i8? I could go on. None of those cars are understated; not even close.
I meant regular sedans under $60k. If you’re spending over $100k, then have at it with styling. My issue is the 2GC is a cheap little sedan by BMW.
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