These photos have been sitting in our inbox for quite some time now and we decided to pull the plug and share them with all of you. Back in December 2009, the folks at MotoBullet attended fundraiser for the Wolfsonian Museum of the Florida International University in Miami where one of the guest speakers was the ex-BMW Chief of Design, the talented and charismatic, Chris Bangle.
The lecture provided some insight into his creative purpose and surprisingly, he also included in his presentation some photos from what he labeled as a rejected design study for the BMW E92 3-Series.
As MotoBullet points out, this design study of the 3 Series Coupe seems to suggest a more youthful and fun attitude and the elements in this study seem to borrow the aggressive outward bulging creases of the new 5-Series, and its hood design as well. The creases going through the side design also resemble some of the latest BMW models, giving the car a more sculpted look.
It is unclear why the design was rejected, but as we pointed out before, the internal design competition at BMW is quite long and it involves a few teams that compete for the final winning design. During the process, there are several full clay models that are produced and presented to the board for the final decision.
This could have been one of them.
So, despite the low-resolution photos, we would love to hear your opinion on this.[Source: MotoBullet ]