Will the design of the new M3 get better with age?
Can people learn to embrace the new M3's controversial front end?
Yes, I know you're moaning quietly at the thought of another article about BMW's G80 M3. The new one - you know, the one with the rather peculiar grille. It's not just the size of the thing that has been causing all of this chaos, but the shape and orientation of it, too. But, although I could blabber on about the Beemer's strange snout for ages, that's not what I'm here to do.
Nor will I be talking about how it's the way it drives, rather than the exterior, that matters. Because I can't drive. Legally, at least, and even if I could, it'd take me a long time to get my hands on an M3. Because they're bloody expensive. No, instead I'll be looking into the future. Electrification of later M3 models is inevitable: I'm still talking about the G80 here.
Because maybe, eventually, people will start to like the face of this M3. Right now, I'm not really feeling the vibe. But possibly, in about ten years' time, we will all start to embrace it. There have been many times where others have rejected certain design aspects of cars; one of the most well known examples is the bulbous body of Fiat's first-gen Multipla.
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Personally, I was never a particularly big fan of the Multipla's exterior, but over time, the quirky styling has grown on me. I love the Multipla, but it took me a while for my opinion of it to be swayed. I'm hoping that others will eventually do the same for the G80. The lines are sharper than before and those proportions are excellent, with curves set delicately into the bodywork.
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From every direction it looks slim and aggressive, and the fixtures work really well. This is in no way a toned-down design, however. BMW have pulled out all the stops on this one; it finally looks like a different car, and I applaud them for that. This approach, I believe, has actually made the G80 look better than its immediate predecessor overall. Yes, you heard me right.
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Except from the grille, I mean. Well, actually, it's not that bad. I can feel myself warming up to it already. No, I'm not going insane. It'll still be a while before I properly embrace it, but it's still not as ugly as some people say it is. I don't think so, at least. How about we come back to this one in ten years' time? Maybe, by then, we'll all be able to see the true beauty of the new M3.