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Crystal ball coupe from Munich


BMW says its Concept CS, unveiled at the Auto Shanghai 2007 motor show in China, is not a prototype of a new model, but contains features which may be used on future production vehicles.

Built on a unique platform, the four-seat, four-door coupe is said to offer “a vision of future BMW design rather than the first look at a new product.”

It was created by a team at BMW Design Development in Munich and has several exterior and interior design touches that could make their way on to future models. Its body width increases towards the rear to emphasise the car’s sporting potential, and wide track.

The Concept CS is 400mm wider (1978mm excluding mirrors) and 67mm longer (5106mm) than a standard wheelbase BMW 7 Series.

The highest point of its roofline is 1367mm – 124mm lower than a BMW 7 Series. BMW’s classic kidney grille design has been reworked to improve airflow to the 5.0-litre V10 engine.

The ConceptCS has BMW’s traditional Hofmeister kink on the C-pillar and dual corona ring headlights.

The dual headlights use LED reverse projection technology to provide the illumination. Rearward facing lights project a beam on to a smooth reflective surface, which in turn conveys a precise beam on to the road ahead.

BMW says the technology provides a wide expanse of illumination without dazzling oncoming motorists. Flared wheelarches house uniquely-styled 21-inch light alloy wheels.

BMW’s usual distinctive shoulder line is differentiated on the Concept CS with a break at the rear quarter. A trailing shoulder line at the rear curves to mirror the line of the rear wheelarch.

The door handles are fitted flush to the lower window ledge so the bodywork remains clean and without interruption. Access to the car is controlled via sensors which, when activated, move the door handles proud of the bodywork.

The BMW Concept CS’s cabin is distinctive for the layered interior surfaces that create a unique style. Clearly defined joints between different pieces of the interior serve a functional purpose.

Gone are the traditional air vents present on current car centre consoles, replaced by slender gaps between the centre console’s materials from which air is distributed. The same openings also provide an aperture for discreet lighting.

The layered interior design concept, applied to the design of the double circular instrument dials, provides clearly structured information on several visual levels.

Controls and instruments are ceramic, and the driver and three passengers are cocooned in innovative sports seats with a height-adjustable collar element. The new seat design houses elements of the car’s entertainment and communication systems.

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