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BMW Gran Coupe: More Preliminary Design Sketches

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It is always fascinating to see where car design begins with the initial sketches and ideas drawn on a piece of paper. Most of the …

It is always fascinating to see where car design begins with the initial sketches and ideas drawn on a piece of paper. Most of the time, these drawings lead to an actual concept, while other times they end as being just another designer’s unfulfilled vision.

Last month, BMW unveiled their latest concept, Gran Coupe, one of the most exciting concepts we have seen from BMW in years. Compared to the Vision EfficientDynamics Concept shown at Frankfurt Auto Show in 2009, the BMW Gran Coupe Concept displayed a design closer to a production model.

The demographic target for this vehicles is well defined already by some of BMW’s competitors: four-door coupe buyers looking for an elegant, sort of extravagant design, luxurious interior and driving performance. Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7 fall under this segment as well.

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The Gran Coupe Concept will make its European debut at the Paris Motor Show this fall. Underneath it will use the same ‘backbone’ platform that underpins the current 5-series, 7-series and 5 GT. The car will offer the same mix of six- and eight-cylinder petrol and diesel engines as those cars, and an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

This very same model constitutes a preview of the upcoming, redesigned 6 Series and the Munich-based automaker confirmed that some of the design elements from the Gran Coupe Concept will transpose in the 6er Coupe and Convertible.

As most of the time, the initial sketches are far more exciting, mostly because the designers have more freedom in expressing their vision; things change when the concept needs to start aligning with the safety regulations and design standards.

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  • Auday

    The Sketches look more aggressive than the car ended up being. I wish I could see it and the CS in person.

    Does BMW show concept cars in their museum or Welt?

  • plaxico

    oh great, sketches and more bmw doodles. Brilliant !
    H.B. buddy, please give us now some comparisons between existing almighty Merc and this bmw doodle?

    • David

      Dude, start writing proper english, you can’t be taken seriously.. Seriously.

      • viper

        no this time he should bring other sketches from audi mb and others to compare with this non existing bmw

  • Giom

    Sketches will always look better than the working model. Simply because, people don’t have to fit into a drawing – and never will. The proportions are only to set the tone of the design – a think pad, if you will.

    Now, over to the engineers that works according to a different set of dimentions. They must ‘mold’ the car around people. So, obviously the design will change over time. More and more engineers get onboard and each are responsible for a specific task, ie. the light units, the air intakes etc.

    I think, after considering all this, that the model turned out real nice.

    • plaxico

      giom, youre right my friend……bmw crafted doodling art to perfection, but its a shame they cant make any concept-doodling project into a real existing cars.btw.its dimension not dimention.Learn to spell

      i looooove their doodlers!!!!!!

      • Doug

        plaxico, are you from a place where english is the native language? Because to my knowledge, Giom is not, and he makes a far better use of it than you do.

        Why are you trifling over a spelling mistake when your can’t even use correct grammar, craft complete sentences or use punctuation correctly? In particular, the use of ellipses (…) as a universal sentence-fragment separator is particularly egregious.

        • Giom

          “Because to my knowledge, Giom is not, and he makes a far better use of it than you do.”

          Thanks Doug! Yes, I am afrikaans speaking.

        • plaxico

          oh my God. Guy who cant spell hilarious is given me a hard time about some frickin ellipses…….hehehehe.What a joker hehe….probably a cowgirls fan lost in N.Y.

          • Doug

            Nice try.

    • Auday

      Giom, yes of course sketches are just to set the tone of the design, and the tone here is more like the CS tone, i.e. elegant-aggressive lines. In the end the car ended up being very elegant but it lacked that aggressiveness of the CS. I personally like it a lot but I like the CS more.

  • http://www.bmwblog.com/2010/05/10/bmw-gran-coupe-more-preliminary-design-sketches/ Vasu

    awesome sketches

  • Laszlo

    if you wanna see awesome skecthes go into a design school/art school. I had a chance to see some 16-20 y/o (its a high school which morphs into an art college) works and I was shocked. some of the kids show so much talent, they could go and work in any design studio. (it is a local school to me)
    Seriously good art and designs of everything not just cars. Lot of the boys of course did cars and trucks. I wish that those kids with a great imagination and talent would land a good job at GM, FORD, Chrysler to help bring them back to the automotive design race.
    I wonder where pininfarina and other big name italian design houses search their pupils ?

    The trouble is there are only limited jobs are in this market and sometimes lousy designers with good background (aka. parents money) will get the good jobs, not the talented kids. see chris bangle… he must have had a D minus at this art school from everything, yet he had one of the best job in a world.

    • laszlo needs love

      I wonder where pininfarina and other big name italian design houses search their pupils ?

      i ‘m sure that not in the best schools of the world (umêa, ACCD, CCS, Pforzheim), because all the talentend guys there are workin’g for…yes or bmw, or honda… or vw.. or bmw..or honda..or bmw.. or another great company…

  • Laszlo

    Just to show the bangle’s defenders – Bangle acknowledges that his designs do not look good… (from wikipedia on chris bangle)

    so even he admitted it… then what are we fighting about ? he created ugly cars… end of it. period.

    • laszlo needs love

      Bangle acknowledges that his designs do not look good… (from wikipedia on chris bangle)

      ok , ok , ok and bloomberg charts?, my men, my men … when every one in the industry cut prices bmw announced a 1 billion dollar investment program… i think that’s because they have money, an if they have money is because they are selling cars?..o what you think…

      that’s why every autocar manufacturer is asking… how i make this kind of emotional design…ohhh yes i must have to sign a bmw designer… or copycat their design…?

      (ask to mb..the last f800 is so so

  • paul

    its a shame the sketches look soo good and then on the metal they just dont have the capacity to replicate them…take the edge of the trunk lid…looks stunning in the designs but in the metal the proportions are all wrong. its just to big

  • Yves

    Another example of great sketches lost in translation in the actual model. Then again, really, there is nothing avant-garde about the Gran Coupe at all! It’s a diluted Concept CS merged with current so-called ‘BMW lines’ of the current range. The overall form is still clearly three-box, the surfacing is rather weak, front bumper gills look more aftermarket., rear missing the panache from say, the current 6er. Sighh

  • sok

    In the sketches pics always look great!!
    But when the real thing come out always look down and simple.

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