BMW and TYDE Usher in a New Wave of Luxury with “THE ICON”, An Electric Hydrofoil Yacht

Renowned carmaker BMW and maritime pioneer TYDE have unveiled THE ICON, a high-end electric watercraft yacht that soars above water. Revealed at Port de Cannes, THE ICON is a one-of-a-kind geometric and elevated hydrofoil yacht that leverages the German automaker’s high-voltage “BMW i” batteries to achieve emission-free travel combined with luxurious aesthetics.

Hovering ever so gently above the water, THE ICON is a small-sized battery-powered yacht with a stunning, faceted gem-like design. Unlike other yachts its size, THE ICON ditches the combustion engine for an electric powertrain, while also relying on a hydrofoil that heavily decreases aerodynamic drag, making it not just dazzling to the eye, but even when it comes to hitting high speeds.

Designers: BMW & TYDE

THE ICON measures 13.15 meters and has a top speed of 30 knots or 55 km/h. It uses hydrofoils, a technology borrowed from yacht racing, to achieve high speeds and reduce energy use. The hydrofoils lift the hull above the water, reducing resistance and enabling faster speeds. The foiling technology is only one aspect of THE ICON’s advanced design. The watercraft is powered by a pair of 100 kW electric motors that convert the energy from six BMW i3 batteries into a range of over 50 nautical miles. This extended range is a significant achievement for battery-powered marine craft.

THE ICON is a product of Designworks, BMW’s innovative design hub, in collaboration with boat manufacturer TYDE. The design of THE ICON is a departure from conventional maritime aesthetics, with a body that spans 4.5 meters at its broadest point in the rear, tapering to a semi-pointed tip reminiscent of a flat hull design. Geometric lines contour the body, perfectly framing the expansive ocean views.

The interior design of THE ICON is inspired by origami, creating an inviting and visually striking environment. The sloping ceiling and intricate design elements combined with the large windows create a light-filled, refreshing space. The color scheme, dominated by green and blue hues, enhances the fresh, modern atmosphere.

Unique design choices continue at the entrance of THE ICON, where BMW has fashioned angled doors. These doors aren’t merely functional; they’re sculpted from sections of metal sheeting to echo the curves of the interior design elements. This results in a textured surface that reflects sunlight onto the floor, recreating the beautiful interplay of light that one might see with waves on the sea. The chairs in the interior rotate 360°, offering occupants a stunning panoramic view of the sea around them as well as of the yacht’s edgy, luxurious design.

The captain of the yacht enjoys the expansive cockpit, which features a 32-inch touchscreen display with 6K resolution that serves as a navigation guide and a voice-activated feature that enables the captain to request range and weather information verbally.

Adding to the unique experience on THE ICON, BMW has partnered with renowned film score composer Hans Zimmer to provide an exclusive soundtrack for passengers. This soundtrack further enhances the experience for riders who can hop onto THE ICON for a short spin in the waters of the Bay of Cannes.

BMW unveiled THE ICON at the prestigious Port de Cannes, a fitting launch venue for this innovative watercraft. With THE ICON, BMW and THE TYDE have successfully combined luxury design and environmentally conscious performance to create a new paradigm in marine travel. This watercraft invites passengers to experience the future of luxury marine travel, where design, performance, and carbon-free transport intersect.

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This BMW M1 redesign brings the iconic supercar into the modern age with a cutting-edge aesthetic

Touted as one of the rarest models BMW has ever built, the M1 is the German marque’s sole supercar dating back to the 70s. It hasn’t been recreated since, and BMW pretty much never made a supercar again (whether the i8 classifies as one remains a big debate), but designer Grimaud Gervex decided to give the good ol’ M1 a contemporary facelift. Following the M1’s template but consciously opting for sharper lines, tighter curves, and an overall meaner aesthetic, the redesigned BMW M1 looks right out of a sci-fi graphic novel, with an overall futuristic flavor that’s still somehow innately BMW.

Designer: Grimaud Gervex

The car’s silhouette and especially its front are unmistakably inspired by the M1’s wedge-shaped design and slick, cutting-edge front. Unlike its predecessor, however, the M1 redesign doesn’t have pop-up headlights but instead relies on two LED strips on the front that serve as headlights, along with a minimalist, glowing BMW logo. Très futuristic.

Yet another detail to go missing, or rather to evolve into something else, is BMW’s signature kidney grilles. While one can only assume that this M1 redesign concept is electric, Grimaud decided to merge the grilles right into the air intakes around the headlights. They’re still there, but in a way that feels more visually present than the significantly tinier grilles on the original M1.

The LED-strip headlights are complemented by a similar-looking set of indicators right in front of the wheels.

The rest of the redesigned M1 cleverly balances traditional details with creative futurism. The renewed design comes with the same black line cutting right through the side of the car, giving it a sense of speed and forward-moving dynamism, and there’s some similarity in the quarter-window’s design too. The rear windscreen also houses the same slatted grille as the original M1… however the entire rear feels like a complete visual overhaul, with a piercingly slim taillight that runs around the edge of the rectangular backside of the car. While the original had two BMW logos above each taillight, the redesign instead has the embossed initials BMW on the metal plate.

What really makes the new M1 feel futuristic is its design and surface treatment. You’ve got a lighter, tighter form factor with razor-sharp edges and extremely thin parting lines between panels, resulting in a seamlessness that looks nothing like production cars from decades ago. The body kit gives the M1 a more low-hanging personality with a much lower ground clearance as compared to the original M1. I don’t know how to feel about that metallic paint job because, between the DeLorean, Cybertruck, IONIQ concepts, and a few other modern cars, it feels a little overdone. Maybe a white with blue accents instead?

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This BMW Scrambler concept was envisioned in both ICE and E-bike versions

Proportionally different from the scramblers we’ve seen in the past, the BMW G7 Scrambler concept has a commanding aesthetic with a Z-shaped frame, a bottom-heavy design, a cantilever seat, and a headlight that embodies the phrase “if looks could kill”. Designed by Canada-based Anssi Mustonen, this unique-looking concept explores a direction that we’ve honestly never seen before – it comes in a choice between having a fuel-based and electric powertrain. Both the variants look exactly identical on the outside, but have different guts, with an ICE in one, and a battery and electric motor in another.

Designer: Anssi Mustonen

A look at the internal-combustion engine variant of the G7 Scrambler

We’re big fans of BMW’s original scrambler, the R nineT, especially for its adaptability and all the custom designs it’s spawned. The G7 doesn’t quite look as open to customization as its sibling, given how blockish its forms are and their positioning. Moreover, while the R NineT felt almost like the perfect blank canvas for others to experiment on, the G7 Scrambler has such a strong aesthetic that it looks better untouched.

The e-bike variant of the G7 Scrambler comes with a battery pack and a fan-cooled motor

While scramblers are known to have a reputation for being more outdoorsy and the kind to be used to dirt, dust, and terrain, the G7 takes on a much more sophisticated design aesthetic that looks more suited to an urban setting. Sure, the bike comes with some absolutely gnarly-looking tires, but the rest of the vehicle blurs the edges between dirt-bike and a Motorrad-style racer. However, you won’t see me complaining!

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BMW i Vision Dee is a smart companion on wheels for future motorheads

What if a smart car has the emotional intellect of the vehicles depicted in “Cars” movie and the futuristic aptitude of Knight Rider? At CES 2023 BMW has unveiled just what we imagined in pipedreams.

Meet i Vision Dee concept of the future that we had the chance to experience in real at the ongoing show in Las Vegas. The electric performance sedan is centered around minimalism while being rich in immersive interaction with the user thanks to its visual, auditory and graphical elements.

Designer: BMW

The highlighting visual element in the concept car is the kidney-shaped grille with the phygital (physical and digital) design on a uniform surface in conjunction with the headlights to make possible surreal facial expressions to emote at other riders. Expressions like joy, astonishment or visual approval for an enhanced level of interaction. As per Adrian van Hooydonk, head of BMW Group Design, the technology will create a harmonious human-machine relationship. He added that the BMW i Vision Dee can seamlessly integrate with the “digital life and become a trusty companion.”

On the outside, BMW employs the E-ink color-shifting technology for 32 different color options for a dynamic look. There are 240 E-ink segments that can be actuated for different patterns, artwork or more for a surreal transformation like a chameleon. Move inside and you are braced with a digital HUD that spans across the front windshield. The Mixed Reality Slider makes use of in-house shy tech to control the level of digital content to be displayed. It can be fully analog or have four additional steps right from driving information or visual infotainment data to a full augmented reality or virtual reality interface. Of course the driver is always in control of how much digital interface fuses with real life even with Level 5 autonomy.

BMW has admitted that we’ll not be seeing i Vision Dee out on the streets by the end of the decade, but the technology used will make it to future cars in more ways than not. For example, the HUD on this one could be used in future cars for display and operating concepts.

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2023 BMW 8-Series 840i Coupe Review


  • Big power and bigger torque

  • Sharp styling hides massive proportions

  • Comfortable, effortless performance


  • Performance comes at a cost

  • Token rear seats won’t fit much




I headed for the twistiest, bumpiest set of roads I could find and the 840i did not disappoint in any way. This big coupe was always so very smooth and planted.

Green over tan isn’t traditional coloring on a German sports car, but then the BMW 840i Coupe isn’t exactly your traditional sports car. Long, low, and mean, the 840i is a grand tourer with the focus on “grand” — grand dimensions, grand styling, and, with 335 horsepower on tap, grand power, too.

How does it shape up? Stand by to be impressed.

Grand Styling

The BMW 840i makes a striking first impression, especially in the shade of emerald green that you see here. BMW calls it San Remo Green Metallic, and it’s delightfully a no-cost option. Even if it did come with a financial premium, it’d be money well spent in my book for a hue that not only accentuates the big coupe’s big curves (especially those fenders), but also pairs so very nicely with the various black highlights on this, the xDrive with a pair of M Sport packages.

Those packages come with BMW’s Shadowline detailing, which blacks out a lot of what would otherwise be chrome, including the trim around the windows, headlights, and grille. Black and the green are a great combo, made a little more bright by the two-tone, polished, 20-inch wheels, a $1,300 option wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires.

Those wheels fill out the massive fenders and give the car a definite, purposeful look that’s a little bit lacking on the four-door Gran Coupe flavor of the 8 Series. It’s a subtle difference between the two flavors of the same car, but the more direct line from roof to rear spoiler on the Coupe is much cleaner to me, leading to a rear end that is thoroughly creased and perforated.

On the inside, the 840i follows the templates of many modern BMWs, a more traditional interior than the radical iX, but eminently comfortable and purposeful. Really, though, on this particular car it’s not the layout or the patterns used inside the two long, sweeping doors that stands out.

No, instead it’s the righteous two-tone interior that really opens peoples’ eyes and elicits the most comments. Never have I seen an interior that was so very polarizing. I must admit that my first reaction was to recoil (I am, in general, not a fan of two-tone anything), but within a few minutes of looking about I was quickly won over.

Dark, tan leather frames the cabin and the seats, with white inserts providing a stark contrast. Each seat almost looks like a baseball inside of a traditional leather glove. This is not for everyone, maybe not even for most, but at the end of my week with this car I’d grown to love it. I’m not sure I’d pay the extra $2,000 for it, though.

All that flash is capped off, literally, with a soft, sueded headliner in the same light cream color that looks and feels fantastic, arching overhead then cutting downward sharply over the rear seats — such as they are. There’s no sunroof here, which is a bonus in my book, as it’d just compromise headroom. And, with the light coloring here, everything looks plenty airy without.

There isn’t, however, room for much air in those rear seats. In fact there isn’t room for much of anything. I set the driver’s seat to where I wanted it, then hopped in the back and pulled the seatback upright. The driver’s seat then started to motor itself back into position, slowly but surely crushing my feet like the trash compactor in Star Wars Episode IV.

I confess I may have squealed a little bit as I yanked my feet upright, pulling them right out of my already-trapped shoes, which were summarily squashed beneath the unstoppable rearward progression of that seat. Suffice to say, manually move your seat all the way forward before slotting any passengers in the back.

Those passengers will need to be short. Not only was there no room for my feet but my head didn’t have a place to go, either. Sitting upright, my ear pressed firmly into that lovely, plush headliner running along the ceiling.

None of this should come as any surprise and I really don’t hold it against the Coupe. Those rear seats are token gestures more than anything. Their most important feature is that they easily fold down to make room for long bags. There is, however, no pass-through for skis or the like.

Grand touring

My first drives in the 840i Coupe were long stretches on open country roads and even more open highways. These were the sorts of things this car was designed for — clearly, though, BMW engineers had higher speed limits in mind than American roads provide.

The 3.0-liter, turbocharged inline-six here is a venerable thing, available in many a BMW model large and small. Here it performs admirably, doing 29 mpg on the highway when cruising, its digitally augmented acoustics offering a suitably low growl when accelerating, increasing in volume and pitch along with speed. The torque of the straight-six surges early and just keeps on pushing until you’ve reached the limit of your risk tolerance.

That of course means effortless passing in any situation, though if you’re in comfort mode you’ll likely need to grab for one of the wheel-mounted shift paddles as the shifting is understandably lazy. That’s perfectly fine, of course. That’s why those paddles are there.

Cruising along broken asphalt the big BMW offers commendable ride quality, but particularly harsh bumps do result in a bit of a crash of noise and vibration. Blame the 20-inch wheels and tires, which look so good I’m willing to forgive a bit of harshness here and there.

Generally, though, the BMW is calm, composed, and quiet. Only the hum of the exhaust intrudes at speed, reminding you that you’re piloting something special.

Grand sporting

Throw the BMW 840i into Sport Plus mode and, while it isn’t exactly the kind of Jeckyl vs. Hyde transformation some sports cars can manifest, things do become far more engaging. The Coupe’s character remains true, just a little more edgy.

Suspension in Sport mode firms and delivers far more feedback, while the transmission and engine both get far sharper. In Manual mode, the gearbox will hold any gear you like up to the rev limiter and shifts with brevity. A dual-clutch box this ain’t, but neither does it tarry in giving you the cog you want.

Steering, too, firms up in Sport Plus, but sadly feedback does not. Thankfully, BMW allows you to customize this mode to your heart’s content, meaning it took just a few seconds of fiddling with the iDrive to switch the steering feel back to Comfort, which I found far preferable.

I headed for the twistiest, bumpiest set of roads I could find and the 840i did not disappoint in any way. It never felt light on its feet — this is a 4,012-pound car, remember — but it was always so very smooth and planted.

Even when the asphalt got bad and the bumps got big, big enough to find the end of the effective range of the BMW’s suspension, things still felt competent and calm. The coupe never reacted harshly or unpredictably. It just motored on, whisking me with it.

It was only an unexpected spray of gravel at the apex of a fast, blind corner that finally caused the car to exhaust its seemingly endless supply of grip. Even this situation was handled with aplomb. The car slid about six inches, found grip again on the other side, and continued on its way. I didn’t even bother to make a steering correction.

Grand technology

While the contrasting leather interior won’t be for everyone, I found BMW’s Live Cockpit Pro system quite intuitive and easy to use. BMW’s infotainment experience just keeps evolving and getting more refined. Whether you prefer iDrive, touch screen, voice or even gestures, you can do it here. And, with both wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, your phone can get in on the action, too.

The digital gauge cluster dynamically reconfigures based on whatever mode you’re in, while a heads-up display beams the important stuff on the glass. Heated seats, wheel, and even armrests were great on a chilly morning, while the Laserlight headlights did a fine job of making those days last a little bit longer.

Pricing and Options

The 2023 BMW 840i xDrive Coupe starts at $87,900. It’s reasonably well-equipped at that price but, as with most things BMW, there are lots of boxes you can tick from there should you have the means.

That two-tone interior, for example, is a $2,000 premium, while the Alcantara headliner is another $650. The basic Driving Assistance package, with active blind-spot detection and emergency braking with pedestrian detection, is a token $100, but if you want Traffic Jam Assistant for more help when stuck in gridlock, you’ll need to add the $1,700 Driving Assistance Pro package.

Those wheels are $1,300, $500 for ventilated seats, and a final $995 destination charge means the 840i you see pictured here has a total price of $96,595.

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This 3-wheeled BMW R100 custom build takes inspiration from pre-war racecars

Designed by Cumpert Contraptions, this custom BMW build is just that – an oddball contraption that captivates the eye with its retropunk demeanor. Resting on three wheels instead of the usual two, this quirky beauty once used to be a 1992-model BMW R100R Mystic, which Tim Cumpert got his hands on for his mad-scientist project. He sawed the front off, replacing it with a chassis taken from an ATV, and built out his vision using that as his framework. “The three-wheeler was inspired by pre-war racing cars, which I am a big fan of,” he told Bike EXIF. “When I started this project back in 2012, Morgan had just released their new 3 Wheeler. But the main drive for this project, was that I wanted to try my hand at sheet aluminum fabrication.”

Designer: Tim Cumpert

Cumpert’s fascination with aluminum fabrication really defines his project’s overall aesthetic. The pre-war energy is strong with the exposed sheeting and visible rivets all along the side of the vehicle. Cumpert started off with sketches, which he then made a 3D CAD file of and CNC-machined to a 1:3 scale. This helped him iron out any kinks and build the large wooden blocks that he would then use to hammer out his aluminum sheet on.

As one could imagine, simply gluing an ATV to a motorcycle isn’t quite an elegant or functional solution. However, both the frames were luckily the same width, which made it pretty easy to line them up. Most of the ATV’s front end is still intact, including its steering linkage, suspension arms and shocks. The hybrid bike (although not your conventional hybrid) uses the ATV brakes on the front and the BMW brakes on the rear too.

The bike’s 3-wheel format isn’t the first thing you notice about the bike, though… it’s the unique low-hung frame. It somewhat resembles the BMW Alpha by Mehmet Doruk Erdem with its crouching appearance and front-heavy torso. The boxer motor sits a little more towards the front than usual, but is complemented perfectly by the two wheels ahead of it that really help distribute the mass in an elegant way. In order to really drive home the vintage racecar aesthetic, the 3-wheeler also uses a repurposed Kawasaki Versys windscreen on the front, and sticks to a relatively nude paint job, with just a flash of red near the seat.

“This is my first sheet metal project,” says Tim Cumpert, “so I designed the shape of the three-wheeler to be mainly simple forms. Most of the body was made using a roller, while the front grill and side pods were hammered over MDF bucks, with a bit of English wheeling to smooth things up. The most tricky part was the rear section, which is made from around six parts.”

The bike’s more of an exploration of possibilities rather than being something that’s essentially road-legal. Cumpert mentions that driving it takes getting used to, especially the handling, considering its 3-wheeled format. “It will lift a wheel on cornering, so you need to move your weight towards the inside wheel when turning”, he says. “I have a list of handling mods to try now. I think the seat needs lowering and handle bars rising a bit to make it easier to move around and see where you’re going, plus I’d like to try an anti-roll bar on the front.”

Images via Bike EXIF

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BMW-inspired automotives designed to get the hearts of speed lovers thumping

Companies like BMW, Audi, and Mercedez-Benz have reached iconic status when it comes to luxury Automotives! Their cars are specimens of ingenious design backed by menacing speed. However, there’s something about the BMW automobiles that gets my heart thumping just a little more. BMW cars are high on utility, performance, speed, and craftsmanship, and not to mention they even exhibit a level of artistry. Automobile fanatics and designers clammer at the release of a fresh and fierce BMW design, and in the anticipation of one, they often find themselves inspired and engaged! The result is a plethora of innovative and jaw-dropping concept designs. And here we’ve collected the best of these BMW-inspired concepts for you. You would love to actually see them on the road, I’m sure!

1. The BMW Motorrad CH4 superbike

This drop-dead gorgeous café racer designed by Sabino Leerentveld instantly sparks the visuals of Tony Stark taking on the bad guys in sublime style. The ability to snake through the crowded city streets in hot pursuit, or simply show off the sublime style quotient arriving at the next big Stark Industries meeting. Complementing the Iron Man helmet when it comes to life, the BMW Motorrad CH4 superbike has Tony Stark influence written all over it. Right from the aerodynamic geometric shape to the big fat wheels meant for a high-speed adrenaline rush.

2. The hybrid BMW IM Vision sports car

Meet the hybrid BMW IM Vision sports car tailored for the rush of speed while being sensibly powered by an advanced electric engine. The highest possible efficiency level fused with the sharp looks and mind-boggling horsepower and bhp – well, that’s a rare combination anyone would fall for! The design is inspired by the aerodynamic figure of future-proof fighter planes like Stealth bombers – which explains the sharp geometric shapes on this one. The exposed structure is influenced by the clear view mono cabin of the war machines.

3. The BMW Motorrad concept

The BMW Motorrad concept envisioned by Jeroen Claus, Design Director at FRANK Industrial Design, this racing beast shaves off the fat muscle (nothing demeaning though) for a sleeker look apt for the Gen-Z riders. As Jeroen himself defines it as a chopped-off BMW R9T custom motorcycle design. The side fenders flow into the front of the bike, covering off the headlight section, giving it a stealth bomber-like persona.

4. The i Vision Circular Concept

BMW i Vision Circular Concept

The i Vision Circular Concept debuted at the Munich Auto Show as BMW’s first-ever ‘100% recyclable’ car. Designed for the year 2040, the i Vision Circular Concept comes with a design featuring parts that are completely detachable (thanks to the use of intelligent fasteners like cords and press-fit joints instead of glue and welding) and easy to fix/repair. The car’s body is made from recycled aluminum, its interiors use fabric made from recycled plastic, and even the tires are made from a “sustainably cultivated” natural rubber.

5. The Razorite

Meet The Razorite, an all-electric BMW I8 sports car concept envisioning the iconic i8’s rise as a phoenix from the ashes after going out of production in 2021 and looking for a strong comeback if the German automaker brings it back to life. The all-carbon black paint job highlighted by the Alpine, Yokohama, AEM, and ADVAN livery makes this sports car concept something that’s destined to be the dream car material – one that you desperately want to take control of behind the wheel.

6. The KF33 electric motorcycle

The KF33 electric motorcycle by Rodrigo Magro Mañas is a cyber bike that gives a purview of the automotive industry a decade into the future. Rodrigo provides the motorbike with a fat belly to accommodate all the mechanical parts and, of course, the battery.  Looking at this bike, the first thought that struck my mind was the above-mentioned battery/motor compartment. It is humongous! Given that the designer intended it to be a  café racer, I’d imagine the “fuel tank” to be much smaller. You will need the bike to bounce from one café to another with plenty of time in between to charge it, while you hang out with your café buds (or bud-lights)

7. The Concept CE 02

Being more than just a mere cool toy, this electric two-wheeler is a futuristic yet simple solution for urban mobility, focusing on city tours to be precise. According to the head of vehicle design, BMW Motorrad, the bike is a skateboard on wheels, developed for anyone who likes to be mobile and independent. The Concept CE 02 has a very minimalist footprint and a low center of gravity – in line with the company’s aspiration to bring a level of design innovation honed by the emotional element, and most of all, the riding fun.

8. The BMW Ki Concept

Salvatore Ville, a car designer at Tata Motors, takes his bikes seriously, probably why he embarked on modifying the design of a BMW K100 into an attractive café racer. Salvatore says he wanted to give the bike a sensual appeal by giving it sexy proportions. According to him, the BMW Ki Concept embodies the aesthetic heritage from the yesteryears, in a shape that’s not limited by the norms of the law. The bike is powered by an electric motor and manages to retain BMW’s DNA in totality.

9. The BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY

A completely new concept between bicycle and motorbike, this concept focuses on the emotional connection between the user and the vehicle, taking it beyond a simple machine to a ‘partner in crime’. With its graphic yet dirtbike-like design, the sleekness of the concept focuses on the bicycle-like aesthetics with the functionality and soul of a BMW Enduro motorbike. It is this balancing act that makes it the perfect urban bike as well as a design that can go farther/longer ahead with you when you need it to.

10. Connected Dynamics

This renewed vision of a hair-raising four-wheeler with a refreshing CMF concept lies right in the realms of automotive designs that strike the right balance between form and function. A very tightly knit body design that flows from the front to the back, urging the onlookers to just be bemused by its presence on the road. The wide stance makes the car generate tons of aerodynamics efficiency and the assurance to stay glued to the tarmac as speeds hit in excess of 185 miles per hour.

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MINI Spaceman reinvents the legendary hatchback’s iconic status

The current generation MINI Cooper is a prime example of powerful engineering, compact size and superior handling. That classic British styling in a nimble package denotes the freedom and spontaneity of commuting in comfort. And who can deny the unique look of this likable set of wheels?

Way back in 1959 when the first MINI burst into the scene, it baffled the automotive community – of course in a good sense. Thankfully, all these years the basic design of the MINI has been hooked on tight to the initial roots. Perhaps that’s why so many car lovers swear by this small power-packed car. To elevate the MINI into the next era of modernization dominated by lounge-styled commuting, the MINI Spaceman concept is born.

Designer: Leif Mortz

This hatchback concept is a culmination of a fun-to-drive vehicle that ditches the four-seater configuration for a futuristic three-seater setup. The idea is to cocoon the riders in comfort and leave room for lounging when desired. The rear on this one gives up some of the contours for a sharper aesthetic and more space, courtesy of the elongated boot section. Whether or not MINI fans will like this disbalance is completely subjective and depends on users’ needs. For someone with a family, this makes more sense, but for one who loves MINI for the pure fun of driving, it doesn’t hold much merit.

The sense of airiness is given precedence here with the use of more glass panels on all sides as compared to the current generation MINI. The seating configuration of the front seat can be oriented in the relaxation mode as it can be maneuvered in all directions depending to need. It can even be folded down to make space for additional poufs for relaxing comfortably on the rear seats. The perfect scenario for working in a scenic landscape or socializing with buddies. For a motorist’s delight, the MINI Spaceman will come in a convertible model too!

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BMW IM Vision is the perfect cocktail EV for street circuits

BMW is edging forward into the future in both ecologically sustainable design and vehicle performance with the BMW i and the M series respectively. While the former is focused on shaping the future for a holistic approach to designing zero-emission vehicles, the latter is more inclined towards peak performance on the professional circuits and eligible street tracks.

When you mash up these polar opposites, the result is a supercar that’s high on striking looks to kill and a drivetrain meant to have the least impact on the environment. Perhaps the perfect cocktail for a practical beastly ride that actually seems intended for purists. Meet the hybrid BMW IM Vision sports car tailored for the rush of speed while being sensibly powered by an advanced electric engine. The highest possible efficiency level fused with the sharp looks and mind-boggling horsepower and bhp – well, that’s a rare combination anyone would fall for!

Designer: Rizu Koley

The design is inspired by the aerodynamic figure of the future-proof fighter planes like Stealth bomber – which explains the sharp geometric shapes on this one. The exposed structure is influenced by the clear view mono cabin of the war machines. Obviously, the DNA of both the BMW i and M series cars is very apparent in the front grille section, the sidepods, and the sporty rear with that big spoiler.

I can’t help but appreciate the exposed front wheels which give way to a side cutout for air channeling to the electric engine to churn out better performance at the most efficient rating. While the paper-thin low ride height won’t make you steer this baby on the outskirts of the city, it’s better advised to keep it within the confines of a race circuit. After all, you don’t want to hit a speed breaker or bump on the streets and damage the underside.

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Absolutely stunning steampunk BMW R 18 custom motorcycle was machined and finished entirely by hand

Inspired by the BMW bikes of the 30s and 40s, Andrea Radaelli of Radikal Chopper got to work on this beauty the old-fashioned way. His idea first started out as a paper sketch and then progressed to prototyping entirely by hand. This BMW R 18 custom build is made entirely from hand-machined and finished aluminum, with a handmade wooden seat to match… and that aesthetic? That 1930s art-deco steampunk-ish vibe isn’t an accident – Radaelli toon inspiration from the BMW R37, giving an ornate Ghostrider-meets-Mad-Max spin to his design, before promptly (and rather aptly) naming it the Magnifica.

Designer: Andrea Radaelli (Radikal Chopper)

Radaelli’s Magnifica is truly a celebration of human imagination. With no CAD or render as a starting point, Radaelli was forced to quickly pen his vision down in sketch form, creating a series of 2D reference points that would then be translated directly to the prototype. Nothing on the R 18 Magnifica is bought, everything (or almost everything) has been thought out and built by hand… with the exception of the bike’s rims, which were made with numerically controlled machines working on a design that Radaelli himself had developed. “Even the innovative brake discs and calipers were specially created”, BMW observes in their press release.

Beneath the retro aesthetics lies a technologically modern motorbike, lightened by around 100 kg: the weight of the BMW R 18 Magnifica is in fact around 250-260 kg, compared with 345 kg for the original model.

“The bike has to be my own creation,”, Radaelli said. “I don’t feel like dredging up or modifying a concept already set up and done very well by others.” The inspiration for the design of the BMW R 18 Magnifica pays a hat tip to the vintage motorbikes of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, given that they “have an incredible charm that even today many modern motorbikes cannot replicate”.

The task at hand for Radaelli was no easy feat. As old school as the bike was, so was its design process. Radaelli started off by sketching on paper, before directly building out his vision on a naked R 18, using materials like aluminum, brass, and mahogany wood with a few stainless steel accents here and there. The entire motorcycle’s aesthetic is unforgettable at best, with complex details and parts that come together to magically make the entire motorcycle. The motorbike boasts of an almost entirely redesigned outer body, with a custom fuel tank, boxer engine clad, and even dashboard. The forks have the same slope as the original ones but a look reminiscent of those on vintage motorbikes, inside, however, they are completely modern, built from billet parts. The electrical system has not been modified; everything is fully functional. The dimensions, rims, and tires have remained true to the original: the bike is perfectly serviceable.

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