Top 5 BMW Taillights

Interesting, Others | June 9th, 2015 by 8
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An often underappreciated feature of car design is the taillight. No matter how beautiful a car may be, the taillights are seldom talked about. I’m …

An often underappreciated feature of car design is the taillight. No matter how beautiful a car may be, the taillights are seldom talked about. I’m not so sure why, as it’s one of the features you see most. Because, generally, when you’re driving around, the car in front of you is the car you look at most, so its taillights are staring you in the face. So despite the lack of love for taillights, they are a huge factor in car design. Taillights might not necessarily make a car design, but they can break one.

BMW never really had interesting taillights, some successes and some failures, but there was never really any exciting ones, until recently. BMW never had an iconic taillight design language, like Corvette does, but within the past 20 years of so, it’s begun to create some truly good looking taillights. So we’re going to take a look at the top five BMW taillights.

5. BMW Z8

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There’s not much to say about the taillights of the Z8, or the whole car for that matter, other than they’re gorgeous. The Z8 is truly a triumph of design, blending classic sports car looks with modern design touches. The taillights in particular, as there are incredibly narrow and thin, to represent the design of a far bygone era. They work perfectly with the small tucked design of the rear end and match the theme of the car perfectly.

4. F12 BMW M6

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Just recently, BMW released a refresh of the current-gen 6 Series and with it came new headlights and taillights. Both were very welcome additions to an already great looking car. They’re narrow but wide, creating a very low and lean look to the rear end. It matches the very aggressive design of the car so well. It’s also remarkable how they’re so slender yet so easily recognizably BMW taillights.

3. F10 BMW M5

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The new 5 Series in general has a very good looking hindquarters. Far better than the Bangle Butt of the E60 generation, which was that cars worst feature. But the taillights play a big part in why the new F10’s butt looks so good. They’re big and wide and give the rear end of the car some attitude. I personally love the three-light bar motif going on in the. Overall, just clean and handsome taillights to match the rear of a well designed car.

2. BMW M4 OLED

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While the standard F82 M4 doesn’t have the most exciting taillights ever made, they certainly are good looking. But the OLED upgrade to them, which sadly isn’t available to the North American market, give them a massive boost in style. The OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode, and is similar to a regular LED, except better in every single way. The OLED taillights on the M4 have a swooping, layered rectangle look to them and flash in a wave-like series. It’s amazing to behold them turn on and they definitely make the rear of the M4 look far better.

1. BMW i8

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The BMW i8 might be one of the most exciting looking cars ever made. It’s almost definitely the most interesting. With the crazy lines and angles and swoops and vents, there’s something to lay your eyes on from any and every angle. But the rear end of the car is the absolute best and is mostly due to those taillights. The way the taillight is incorporated into the rear fender and the C Pillar, while creating a little aerodynamic tunnel in between is simply staggering. They are BMW’s best taillight design and maybe even the best ever. That may sound like a bold claim, but I’m struggling to find any other that I enjoy as much.

8 responses to “Top 5 BMW Taillights”

  1. Stephen Garrett says:

    You pretty much just picked every new car.

    My list would be-

    5. E92- not popular, I know, but pretty and fitting for the design

    4. E60- again, probably not a very loved choice, but very unique, and changed BMW design

    3- F10- very, very pretty and detailed

    2- Z8- wonderfully elegant and simple

    1- i8- fantastic incorporation into the style of the car, and very futuristic.

  2. exsibian says:

    I can’t understand the hate people have for cars designed during Chris Bangle era, especially the e60…. That guy had balls and during his tenure BMW managed to overtake Mercedes as the best luxury auto manufacturer! I would take the e60 LCI taillights before F10 any day, simple shape but sexy…

    • Michael Christopher Frazier IV says:

      agreed. at least his vehicles each had their own distinct personality while all looking like a family. now the cars are becoming too similar with only length telling the difference.

  3. Marcos Medeiros says:

    I disagree. The 4 series taillights are better then the 5 series.

    • Tony says:

      agree yet disagree. the 4er LCI taillights will be better, but the 5er has full LED vs. the half LED current 4er (dont like regular bulbs on such a nice looking car)

  4. Tom65 says:

    No love for the E86 Z4M Coupe?

  5. Sergiu says:

    The 7-series taillights Look way better that the ones the f10, i’m Tallinn about the outgoing f01/02 7-series, especially the facelifted ones Look way slikker

  6. Matt Stokes says:

    ’02 circular tail lamps! I always quite liked the first gen X3 tail lamps too… Though they are quite plain.

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