All manufacturers produce concept cars -- but BMW is one of the few to consistently do it right. BMW truly gets the idea of a concept car, a vehicle to drive both sales and imaginations, and test the waters for new directions in design. On this list you'll find a few cars that helped to chart not only the course of BMW design direction, but (in at least one case) the design direction of an entire industry. For better or worse. But either way, nobody can tell BMW's design department that it doesn't know what it's doing with concept bodies.That said, someone might consider having a chat with the marketing department about certain concept vehicle names. Because...just...seriously, guys. There's such a thing as too much personal sharing. But, nevermind. We'll open that dresser drawer in the near future. Meanwhile, BMW's designers will continue to focus on the distant future, and keep delivering on some of the most awesomely futuristic concepts around. At least we can count on someone over there to think ahead.
The original BMW M3 CSL was a legend in its own time; a bizarre, over-the-top track monster with so many wings, fins and spoilers that Bruce Wayne might have called it "a bit much." The 2015 Hommage concept car isn't quite that crazy, but its certainly ostentatious enough to stand out in a crowd. BMW should be so wise as to put this car on the road.
Technically, this futuristicBMW concept car isn't even from BMW; it's a computer-rendered design study from an Iranian design student named Emile Baddal. First, credit goes to Emile for the amazing renders; the detail is so realistic here, it looks like it pulled up outside your window. But far more credit goes to the incredible design, making anyone wish it had actually been produced.
2001 X Coupe
Here's the other car that set BMW's modern design language: the Chris Bangle designed X Coupe. Bangle's heavily faceted "flame surface" design treatment has become the stuff of controversy in subsequent years. But that's probably only because Bangle's design was a victim of its own success, being so immediately popular that practically everyone began to rip it off. If they didn't just hire Bangle directly. And that's how a bunch of Fords, Aston Martins, Jaguars, Opels, Fiats, Ferraris and Kias started to look like dated BMWs.
This concept stands apart for being the only car on this list you could actually drive. Yes, you, for a lot less than you think. Just go buy a PlayStation 4 and a copy of the latest Gran Turismo. That's like, half the cost of a set of tires for an M3! All right, you won't be able to drive it to work or anything, but this legit BMW "digital" concept car could still be yours today.