• Mar 15, 2011
Chris Bangle talks supercars - Click above to watch video after the jump

Regardless of where you stand on Chris Bangle's contribution to BMW design, the man possesses a unique insight on the state of automotive design today. The guys at Car Design News recently got the chance to catch up with Bangle at the Geneva Motor Show, and rather than ask him about whether or not he has any intention of returning to the automotive sector any time soon, Editor Eric Gallina pinged the former BMW design boss on what he thought of supercar design today.

The answer was far more enlightening and entertaining than any pre-manufactured sound bite.

By and large, Bangle seems to think supercar design has hit a plateau, and that if automakers are willing to be politically incorrect by manufacturing high-horsepower, fuel-thirsty speed machines, they also need to be willing to take some risks on the design front as well.

Oh, there's also a bit where he says that Lamborghini products were typically designed to be given to prostitutes. Or something. If you can stand a little shaky-hand-cam to the max, the clip after the jump will be well worth your time.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm glad to see the car industry has it's own version of Charlie Sheen.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Personally, I love hearing things like this. I would kill for the chance to sit down with him and a couple drinks to rant about car design. It'd be entertaining as hell and more likely than not I'd say he'd probably be right, too. He's not really wrong here, either. Supercar design HAS become derivative. Lamborghini's ARE raunchier looking than what Pininfarina designs for Ferrari. Seriously, get this guy his own TV Show. Where's Chuck Lorre?!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I disagree. To knock Ferrari, Lamborghini or Audi design coming from a company that really does not have a competing super car and has fallen into boring design the past 10 years (although the new 6 series coupe posted today looks hot), he sounds.... jaded is the best word I can come up with.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Bangle no longer works for BMW, he has his own thing
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm starting to think we all have to agree with the Charlie Sheen comparison, we need someone to interpet what he was saying :)
        • 3 Years Ago
        I don't think he was knocking Lamborghini or Ferrari's design. He was simply saying that Ferrari takes a more conservative approach to design while Lamborghini does things differently and with less restrictions on design.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Not at all. He was saying that they each have a narrative and they each execute that narrative very well. However Ferrari's is the more complex, deeper narrative of the two.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I too hated Bangles design language when I first saw it,but I agree wholeheartedly with him about the super cars. Super cars should be dramatic,fresh and unique. They should be to automobilia what Adriana Lima and Giselle Bundchen are to fashion, jaw dropping,awe inspiring. They should stir the soul,and perhaps the loins too. Not being overly reliant on past design influences to shape them. While most supercars mechanically live in the 21st century,from a design standpoint,they still reside in the 20th. I believe that Bangle may someday be vindicated for his work at BMW.
      • 3 Years Ago
      CB was lucky to be at the right place at the right time. NOTHING MORE!!!

      The guy is played out, done, needs to be let go... His input to design or should I say (styling) means nothing. Personally I give KUDOS to the Sales Team and Dealers @ BMW for being able to sell the warped methodology styling he has confused himself with and the rest of the senior staff at BMW. Oh you guys know it to, just admit to it the man is damaged goods. BMW: you can find plenty of creative people out there to lead the way for the styling relations dept. Don't put all your eggs in one basket "case" ha ha... I just call it as I see it and hear it and I have heard enough of him just like the Chevy Volt.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chris Bangle's designs were a bit shocking, and some of us admire BMW for taking that chance---look at the influences!

      Fortunately his statments are correct; our visual world is still based on much earlier aesthetics.....and untrained folks with high tech tools.

      Andy
      • 3 Years Ago
      He was spot on about supercars, people throw that title around too much. The Corvette ZR-1 while having tremendous performance, is not a true supercar. The same goes for the 911 turbo or any car based on a more pedestrian/attainable base model. I wanted to not like Chris Bangle, but I'd definitely have a beer with the guy.
        • 3 Years Ago
        There is no one definition of supercar. the ZR-1 is a supercar to some, some models of ze 911 Carrera is are supercars to others,

        Weired doors do not define supercars either.. Its the gawky emotion that defines supercars to most people...

        For me, A ZR1 and a GT2 are supercars. To see them in person is to believe, to see them all out on a track is pure joy...
        • 3 Years Ago
        I really dislike his designs, but he makes a good bit of sense here. He also shows more character than I would have given him credit for. He has had significant impact on automotive design, and regardless of the fact that I find his work aesthetically offensive, I can respect the guy.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      • 3 Years Ago
      I agree with him on supercars....besides a few, they haven't been that evolutionary in the recent years. Take the LFA as an example....almost 400k, and it still has the same boring design elements you'd find in a $60k car. While there are obvious restrictions and boundaries in ordinary run of the mill mainstream cars, exotics should be.....well, exotic.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I could not have said it better myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Charlie Sheen of the design world.

      Kidding...Respect for Bangle but I'm not a huge fan.
        • 3 Years Ago
        We had the same punchline.
        • 3 Years Ago
        More like the Kanye West of the automotive world. Everyone hates him and they act like they want him to go away, but they really don't mean it. They know that he contributes too much to the industry.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh him.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I gotta give it to the man, he's blunt and speaks his mind!
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