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You are in the Sedans
What is this discussion about?
Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Jaguar XJ-Series, Lexus LS 460, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Volkswagen Phaeton, Maserati Quattroporte, Mercedes-Benz CL-Class, Sedan
Let's try to define this forum as being limited to luxury performance vehicles where the mainstream version in a typical configuration has an MSRP of at least $60k.
A luxury vehicle with a base price of $59k qualifies because it would typically be bought with some additional equipment, bringing the MSRP over $60k.
Vehicles like the E, 5, A6, M, or GS, even if available in certain versions over $60k, don't qualify because they are cars from companies that have higher end cars in their lineups.
#19019 of 24726 Re: 2009 BMW 5 Series [dewey]
Sep 19, 2006 (7:06 am)
I think the new 5 will have a more significant presence and stance than the pic infers. I find it easy on the eye, and in fact the front end looks clean and balanced to me with the air intake having a great appearane. The rear treatment, particularly due to the lights, is in line with current styling trends more typical to Japanese vehicles in general, not just Hyundai, but they look well-executed to me, and I find them pleasing enough, and a nice departure from the odd-shaped previous ones.
All-in-all, this is an attractive new 5 series that should sell very well, and lend itself nicely to a good-looking M, IMO.
#19020 of 24726 Re: 2009 BMW 5 Series [hpowders]
Sep 19, 2006 (8:09 am)
When I view the rear, a word that come to mind is Hyundai
Given the car's good looks, I'd say that is a large compliment to Hyundai.
#19021 of 24726 Re: 2009 BMW 5 Series [dewey]
Sep 19, 2006 (8:33 am)
The lines of this car are nothing short of elegant. The Bangle-styling of the current is still there, but only just by a hint.
I particularly love the front end. But the rear-end is like a few cars I can name, it doesn't match/complement the front. I don't think BMW will leave that flat crease along the rear end. But then again.........
#19022 of 24726 Elegance?
Sep 19, 2006 (8:45 am)
Hp, Tagman and Hemi,
ironically as other car makers are influenced by Bangle design (MB and Lexus), BMW is fleeing from its Bangle roots.
I hear the word elegance for the new 5 series. I guess elegance and conservatism in this case can be used interchangeabeably.
But then again these BMW pictures today are just as shocking as the rumors about a military coupe in Thailand.
Maybe there is a coupe in Bavaria and Chris Bangle is in handcuffs under house arrest
#19023 of 24726 Re: 2009 BMW 5 Series [dewey]
Sep 19, 2006 (8:56 am)
It sucks. That car will not be on my shopping list if that's the way it will look, ultimate driving machine be damned. Designmen don't want to be caught dead in something like that. After putting out the E92 3-series coupe and X5 they stumble back to that nonsense? How gauche. I am confident that will not be it... in my humble but passionate opinion, of course.
#19024 of 24726 Re: Elegance? [dewey]
Sep 19, 2006 (9:08 am)
This is interesting that even we, on this forum, who regularly scrutinize cars, do not agree on this rumored vehicle.
Immediately after Dewey posted the pics, HP criticized it (although edited his response), but I stood up for the design, as did blkhemi. Now D-man gives it a thumbs down, totally opposite of blkhemi and me.
This just proves one thing . . . blkhemi and I have a better eye (lol).
But seriously, it sounds as though you are suggesting that this may not even be the real deal anyway.
#19025 of 24726 Re: Elegance? [dewey]
Sep 19, 2006 (9:38 am)
As noted, this is just a rumored designed, not the real deal Holyfield.
It is highly doubtful that they'll leave the car this way. Case and Point:
When the spy shots came out on the new X5, I thought to myself, what the heck are they doing? They already have the 530xi Wagon, as that what it was looking like. Then the official picks from Bavaria came out, and all was well. And just yesterday, Merc posted a pic of the new interior. Ultra posh.
So let's not get up in arms over something that may or may not be for real. As I stated, I highly doubt BMW will leave that rear-end that droopy with a Japanese styling treatment. Only the Jetta can get away with a vacation at Toyota's styling salon. And you see it's lost it's cult following...
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Sep 19, 2006 (9:43 am)
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#19028 of 24726 Re: Elegance? [blkhemi]
Sep 19, 2006 (9:56 am)
So let's not get up in arms over something that may or may not be for real. As I stated, I highly doubt BMW will leave that rear-end that droopy with a Japanese styling treatment.
Good point, but I still think the rumored car is decent . . . no, elegant.