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.294Agree or disagree?
- Oh, Chris Bangle. Really? All right, the car is a cool concept, and the idea of a fabric skin covering a moving skeleton, allowing the car to change shape at will, is a cool one. Neat idea. But really, Chris? You're going to call a car with that particular hood opening the "GINA?" So...guessing "CR-VX" was taken, then?306Agree or disagree?
- Based on the 7-Series, the beautiful CS came very, very close to going into production. But then some banks lost a bet with someone else's money.295Agree or disagree?
2017 Rapp Design StudyPhoto: Diseno ArtIn honor of BMW's upcoming 100th birthday, freelance automotive designer Dejan Hristov came up with this. It's named after German engineer Karl Friedrich Rapp, who originally founded BMW almost a century ago. While this isn't an "official" BMW design, the company would sure be doing well to take Hristov up on his design ideas.253Agree or disagree?