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What If Your BMW Won’t Have The Iconic Kidney Grille?

Interesting | August 13th, 2014 by 15
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Every chat we’ve had with a BMW designer usually starts with the iconic design elements that are at the core of every new design. For …

Every chat we’ve had with a BMW designer usually starts with the iconic design elements that are at the core of every new design. For the regular series BMW cars (excluding the i sub-brand), the iconic design elements embedded in the BMW DNA are the Hofmeister Kink, the kidney grille and the double headlamps.

Proportions are another base design elements that is often mentioned by the talented BMW designers.

But what if you take out one of those design cues? Will it still look like a BMW? What would the cars look like?

What If Your BMW Wont Have The Iconic Kidney Grille?

Rendering artist Theophilus Chin came up with the brilliant idea to remove the kidney grille fro 16 current BMW models, including the i3 and i8.

The result? In our opinion, they look like a Chinese-designed knock-off and it shows how important one element can be to a car.

Let’s have a look in the photo gallery below.

What If Your BMW Wont Have The Iconic Kidney Grille?

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  • Leslie

    Might as well be a Buick.

  • BMW BEST

    IMHO the Z4,I8 and I3 doesn’t look that bad, but still, I lol’ed quite hard

  • Momoney

    They all look horrible… I’d say sell the company to Buick/GMC.

  • Aram

    You crazy, look very bad. Don’t try to cheat on perfect design!

  • Alexander Babich

    Only a part of a job done. Artist should redraw the badge from hood to the grill. Then it wouln’t be looking so bad.

  • CDspeed

    Change the design cues of any German luxury brand, and you’ll end up with Acuras, Infinities, and Lexuss.

  • jason bourne

    I’d NEVER buy another BMW if that were to happen.

  • Pierre

    BUICK!

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  • Kasper

    Oh HELL no! The Z’s & the X’s look like Subaru’s. Please stop posting stuff like this lest we give some BMW exec’s “creative” kid with decision-making power & something to prove the idea to change the world forever.

  • Tobi

    That is a Hofmeister KNICK not Kink

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      It has different names

      • Whizz

        hofmeister kink

  • ghane

    The result is indeed very generic looking, but it is also kind of funny that if you remove all of the in the article mentioned iconic design elements you end up with one of the most important cars in BMW’s history, the Typ 107: http://www.bmwblog.com/2009/06/07/bmw-700-the-car-that-saved-the-company/ (Unless you consider the chrome trim under the lamps to be kidney grilles.)

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