September 8, 2015 at 3:52 pm #11568
I like BMW’s now. I used to love them. My oldest brother bought a ’72 2002 in the early 80’s and I had a real love for that car.
It was small, light, not highly powered but nimble, quick and just about as much fun as you can have in a car like that.
AND IT LOOKED LIKE AND ONLY LIKE A BMW…. to me, at least. Now, the uniqueness of even European vehicles are fading against each other. There are some good looking BMW’s these days (the 6 Series comes to mind), but there is a blandness that has crept into the BMW line (if not necessarily an outright ugliness like during the Bangle years).
So, I have a question and a challenge.
The question: Like some of the American manufacturers that have used retro design themes to, mostly, success; would it behoove a European car maker like BMW to adopt a similar scheme with a true entry level, (fairly) inexpensive (starting low to mid 20’s..?), light, nimble sedan/coupe and style it (instead of in their less than impressive, to me, current design theme) with an unmistakable bent towards the 2002?
And the challenge: Who can take a pic (that I am supplying here, or a better one that yo can find) of a vintage 2002 and chop it into an updated and modernized “Retro-2002”?
Here is the pic that one may start with:P.S. OK, so apparently I cannot get a picture to post! If anyone is up to the challenge, please feel free to use a pic of their own choosing.
September 8, 2015 at 7:33 pm #11582
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Here you go guy but I have to leave the chop to the experts here. :pSeptember 8, 2015 at 8:53 pm #11588
Ahh, that is a great pic, ‘StangDude!! Thanks.
I would love to see what could be done with that.
September 8, 2015 at 9:01 pm #11590
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But….. MustangGuy, you may still put your two cents into the original question.
Do you think BMW could be successful with a new retro 2002 with the parameters above?
I tend to think they could (hence the reason for me posting this thread). Heck, I know they have the 1 Series, however it isn’t a truly entry level car (I realize it is an entry level BMW, but it is still a $30K entry!).
Hell, the 2002’s actual dimensions are closer to a Ford Fiesta. For $5-6K more than a Fiesta, BMW could make a retro 2002 and really ramp up interest in the brand, in my opinion.December 17, 2015 at 12:23 am #13733
Soooooooo it’s been a while since I’ve been around here (been busy with life).
But here’s my chop…
Let me know what you guys think!December 17, 2015 at 4:54 am #13747
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:hellyeah:December 18, 2015 at 4:02 pm #13760
I will not tell a lie…. I like where you went with that GBBB!
There is definitely a nice retro feel there in the flanks.
I like how the more modern front end fits. I do wonder if there could be a little ‘playing around’ on the front end with a morph of the old with the new…?December 21, 2015 at 2:56 am #13774
I was going to try to do more of a BMW M3 E30 style grill on there, but ended up going with a brand spankin’ new 2016 3 series front end.December 21, 2015 at 8:35 pm #13775
I was going to try to do more of a BMW M3 E30 style grill on there, but ended up going with a brand spankin’ new 2016 3 series front end.
No doubt that I like how the new front clip “fit’. In fact, I was surprised at how much I did like it. Well done. 🙂
I was just curious what a fusion of the old and new on the front might look like…?December 22, 2015 at 2:33 am #13776
No doubt that I like how the new front clip “fit’. In fact, I was surprised at how much I did like it. Well done. I was just curious what a fusion of the old and new on the front might look like…?
Oh trust me, it wasn’t easy getting that to fit on there. Had to tweak it a ton, basically the whole front part of the hood that “curves” down to meet the headlights/grill is fake, had to manually paint it in pretty much.
And I wish I could’ve made the chrome trim going down the whole side of the car curve down in the front to meet up with the “point” of the headlight, but I just couldn’t get it looking quite right unfortunatelyDecember 22, 2015 at 4:16 am #13785
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Mad skillsDecember 22, 2015 at 10:04 pm #13806
I can only imagine how much effort it took to make that front end look so clean…
And thank you for the time it took.December 22, 2015 at 10:34 pm #13807
A quick opinion…. does anyone else (like me) like the way the 2002’s front end/grill area slopes from the belt line back slightly towards the front wheels? Besides the twin kidney grill on Bimmers, that was a very distinctive styling treatment that always caught my eye well.January 15, 2016 at 7:55 am #14341
Yes! That’s one of the main reasons I really like the front end of the newer model Dodge Rams.January 17, 2016 at 5:09 am #14393
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Yeah, the forward-canted look – it was one of the things that really set off the Charger vs the rest of the family sedans when it debuted in ’05…
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