BMW M Concept Envisions Audi R8 Rival

 BMW M Concept Envisions Audi R8 Rival
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Artist's rendering of a BMW M competitor to the Audi R8 is bold...and completely speculative

A '3D automotive artist' has rendered his own imagining of what a BMW M competitor to the Audi R8 would look like. Of course, this is an entirely speculative rendering that has nothing to do with BMW itself.

The artist is Idries Noah, formerly employed by GM Holden's design team in Australia. Noah says he grew tired of waiting for BMW to develop a competing model to the R8 and so came up with one his own.

His main influence, other than the R8, he says came from water. According to Noah, design details were "inspired by what's called in surfing terms 'a Barrel or Tube'. It's where the wave is hollow when it breaks." This concept of rushing water is evident in the curves that round over the wheels and the styling cues on the doors which flow into the side air intakes. Those intakes sitting boldly on the protruding rear wheelbase.

Noah writes that the design for such a model has to be "Aggressive, Sleek, Agile and totally different from anything on the road today." Consistency with BMW's design paradigm is maintained by the "the trademark grille and hockey stick pillar."

Under the hood Noah envisions an amped-up version of the 5.0 liter V10 currently found in the M6.

Published Jun 16, 2009 4:45 pm By Alex Ricciuti

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Jul 16, 2009 10:18 pm
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I like it, don't care for the back end too much, the front resembles today's bmw styling. I do like the r8, no I don't think bmw would put a plan like this into the mix.
Jun 23, 2009 12:55 am
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this time- really: looks like a R8
Jun 19, 2009 12:25 am
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I think it's about time BMW think outside the box. Audi's designs have always been dynamic. BMW, every series, just a fuglier rendition of the last.
Jun 18, 2009 7:22 pm
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Believe me or not, isn't the front part of this is vagulary similar to the other guy's BMW m1 concept design?! here's the link: http://trebeischrish.deviantart.com/art/BMW-M1-Kandy-red-91661998
Jun 17, 2009 10:17 pm
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Very neat design. Kudos to the creator. I'm actually thinking the M1 Hommage, which I do hope they produce, would be the R8 competitor.
Jun 17, 2009 6:41 pm
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Its funny when BMW is forced to play catch up with Audi.
Jun 17, 2009 4:47 pm
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Well they have to, or the workers will stare at this billboard feeling ticked off: http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2009/04/billboards-003.jpg
Jun 17, 2009 7:13 pm
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nothing beats "checkmate"
Jun 18, 2009 12:41 pm
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Haha by photoshop... lol!!! notice no "oficial"...
Jun 17, 2009 3:36 pm
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it does look cool, but it does look a little too much like audi would do. common bmw, do something that has your classic flare :P
Jun 17, 2009 3:17 pm
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Nice idea - nicely illustrated. But in BMW's current world it does not have a snowball's chance in hell. No "xdrive" no "elevated seating position" no rear seats no trick rear hatch. In a sense, the idea would be a true sportscar. BMW seems content with building and conceptualizing loathesome SUVs and old-man vehicles whist shying away from its once core true sports cars. Not too long from now, I expect all BMWs to be more like Buick and Pontiac. What a shame.
Jun 17, 2009 2:44 pm
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I agree. As you, I think they should only produce 2 seat sports cars with v-8 engines at a minimum. This is the only way they will stay in business. If they do not see the folly of their ways, and turn back from this SUV road of defeat, they will go the way of GM by next year. You are correct, and I salute you. Fishes, Narco.
Jun 17, 2009 4:31 pm
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Audi R8 is considerd to be a flop marketwise, it's a great car, probably the best quality/price on the mkt... BMW would have to compete in a market that doesn't give lots of money in return. So as an M driver I am very sad but I think it will consider a project like this only if the automarket changes.... Anyway I would buy this one in White or Matt black tomorrow!!!!!!!Obviously RWD...
Jun 17, 2009 11:13 am
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Exactly, RWD - the essence of a true sports car!
Jun 17, 2009 11:19 am
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I like the looks, but looks too cartoony to be a production car. If BMW were to create such a car, it will look x10 more boring than this.
Jun 17, 2009 10:17 am
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Look these comments - BMW is very moving brand, OK! Nice car. Looks unlike an R8. Some "ferrarismo" is palpable and it is good.
Jun 17, 2009 9:36 am
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Where's the engine? front or rear? This is goodlooking but irrational. I love the M1 much more.
Jun 17, 2009 7:01 am
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The front of this car have too much R8 in it. It's like he slapped a BMW cover onto the R8's front. But the rear and side of this car looks great....nice work!
Jun 17, 2009 6:46 am
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Hi, I work at GM Holden and just wanted to let you know that Idries left us over a year ago.
Jun 17, 2009 6:34 am
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Wouldn't this guy get kicked in the head by his employer?
Jun 17, 2009 6:28 am
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It will be hideous anyway...
Jun 17, 2009 5:34 am
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Why isn't this guy working at BMW?! It's the best BMW "concept" to come out in years, and it wasn't even conceptualized by BMW...
Jun 17, 2009 3:52 am
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as far as i see it, besides from Bristol411s3, i will be the only one that will say, in clear, pure english: this sucks, it is childish, it isn't original..... and of course, it is not a bmw. i really hope bmw wont even looks at this rendering. nonetheless....very well put bristol, you couldnt have xplained it better.
Jun 17, 2009 3:09 am
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