Another day, another modern-day interpretation of a classic BMW. Following the E30 bodykit that offended more than it pleased on our Twitter channel, here’s something that may just be a little better received. And if not, it’s only a rendered concept at the moment anyway…
The BMW CS Vintage Concept is the work of David Obendorfer, a designer keen to fight the cause of retro design and whose website possesses a collection of rendered projects of the cars he loves, re-imagined.
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The CS Vintage is a celebration of the old BMW CS, both in its original mid 1960s 2000CS form and the updated 2800CS and 3.0CS, the base car for the much-loved CSL Batmobile.
Based on the current BMW 6-series platform, the CS Vintage is notably retro yet its proportions still look fresh, with hints of the new 2-series in its side profile. The front end exhibits most nods to those original 60s cars, while the rear end is neat, tidy and very well executed. The ‘Hofmeister kink’ is present and correct on the rear windows, while the BMW badge on the C-pillar is another retro touch.
The interior is minimalist in design with plenty of clean wood panels, though this is mixed with current BMW tech, including an electronic parking brake and iDrive, with online connectivity apparent on its screen. The automatic gearbox PRND selector is also smartly packaged. Anyone who dislikes BMW's recent fascination with thick-rimmed steering wheels will be pleased to see the daintier rim in this CS.
While the car only exists in electronic form, David has gone to the effort of designing different specifications, with some looking sportier than others. The multi-spoke alloy wheels form the BMW 1M Coupe appear to be used, too. Whether BMW takes the CS Vintage seriously or not is something we may never know, but it would be nice to think its design team avidly look at the work of fans like this.
Among David’s other projects are a reborn Renault 4, a new Fiat 500-based roadster and a particularly smart-looking Abarth 127 (final picture, right).