We here at Automobile Magazine love automotive experimentation, and we’ll never shy away from putting a dash of color on our cars, but there are times when we’re left scratching our heads at a custom car. After seeing photos of this green chrome BMW 5 Series surface on the internet, we agreed that this is definitely one of those times.
The images were posted to Bimmerpost and show what was once an Alpine White BMW 5 Series sporting a seriously green hue. According to the captions, the car is actually wearing two different vinyl wraps: one in chrome effect, the other a translucent green. Remarkably (but not surprisingly), the wrap extends to nearly everything, from the plastic bumper cover to the metal body panels and the added aerodynamic kit by Hamann and AC Schnitzer.
We should say now that it’s not the first time we’ve seen a green chrome car–Chevrolet famously painted on of its Camaros in SpectraFlame green chrome for this year’s SEMA show–but it is still one of the craziest things we’ve seen in a while. And no, we’re not entirely sure if crazy means good.
In any case, check out the photos and let us know what you think: are you green with envy, or are you turning green with nausea? Have you seen a worse paint job elsewhere? Let us know in the comments below.
Although Buick may be using the term concept fairly loosely here, the LaCrosse GL Concept – which is slated to make its full unveiling next week at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show – gives a glimpse into the brains of Buick’s designers and the future palette of the tri-shield brand.
Along with its raft of new models, Buick is looking to become a “welcoming, approachable luxury brand,” and plans to focus in the near future on designs, textures, and colors to further heighten its owners’ experiences with its cars. To do so, the brand’s designers are looking to richer, deeper exterior and interior colors; softer, more buttery leather; and helpings of alcantara and brushed chrome accents.
The GL Concept Buick showed us looked slick in a deep cabernet red metallic paint with the more muted brushed chrome trim, and the 20-inch wheels from the Regal GS also in brushed chrome. The interior was dressed in two-tone cocoa brown and chocochino (caramel) soft leather, accented by a light caramel-colored alcantara headliner and ice-blue contrast stitching. Wood and chrome interior trim has been darkened to help imbued a warmer cabin feel.
Most notable about the GL Concept’s interior, however, was the smell. In a similar vein to the distinct aroma that BMW’s leather interiors have, the LaCrosse GL smelled of warm, worn leather with a hint of tea. We asked Magdalena Kokoszynska, the creative designer for the LaCrosse GL Concept, if the unique smell was part of the new “emotive” brand message Buick was moving toward. We found the aroma distinct and appealing, and potentially a great olfactory signature. Sadly, “the scent was not part of the plan, but a result of the materials we used. We have people working on the new-car smell, but that is not currently part of the plan.”
Buick also showed us some styling bucks for other potential interiors, using the same soft leather and deep color palette. The brand wants to move away from the typical grey, beige, and black to a “rich, warm, and contemporary color palette.” Every aspect of the GL concept that we touched felt expensive and it was clear that Buick’s designers had put thought into every texture and color.
The LaCrosse GL Concept will make its official debut next week on the floor of the Los Angeles Auto Show, and, while that exact interior has not been approved for production yet, expect to see something like it soon.
As if BMW hasn’t presented enough M3 models already, a new one has just been unveiled at the BMW Welt in Munich. But this one is no regular M3. This one makes everything look brighter, and not in the metaphorical sense.
Called the BMW M3 Coupe Chrome Bullet, this model is made out of chrome and sports the Motorsport decal kit, which gives the car a touch of style and glamour very difficult not to notice. Taking into consideration the fact that many gold or silver plated M cars running around the streets of Russia have been seen, we could bet money that the BMW M3 Coupe Chrome Bullet will soon find enough fans and buyiers.
But unfortunately, we do not know if the car will ever be out for sale, or if it will remain a showcar, as it is now presented, but we sure do hope it will be produced, even as an one-off or limited edition. It really looks awesome. And unfortunately again, we have no info regarding details of the car’s powerplant, but we will keep an eye on it.
Until more info will be available, check the photos.
Article source: http://www.speedlux.com/bmw-m3-coupe-chrome-bullet-photos-info/