We spotted this BMW X6 on 14th street in the Meatpacking District. The sexy soft-roader with a chopped roofline was BMW’s answer to the rising trend toward combining coupe-like profiles with utter non-sports cars. Before X6 hit the scene, the trend had applied almost exclusively to sedans like Mercedes CLS and Passat CC. Although BMW was not the first automaker to fuse coupes and crossovers – Infiniti did it back in 2003 with the precocious FX35 and FX45.
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Vintage Bimmers are all the rage once you head south of Houston. They have a rugged appeal that feels right at home in a concrete jungle. This 1972 R75/5 has shocks lined in chunky rubber and a chrome 4 gallon gas tank (introduced that year) that many say resembled the look of a toaster oven.
Its amazing to watch your visual interpretation of a design change over time. When a next generation model is introduced, the fresh details tend to make the older iteration appear dated and out of touch. But this iconic BMW’s simple yet uninterrupted design always has, and always will, look fantastic. From the basic 3 box design to the early interpretation of the twin kidney grille, the 2002 (1968 – 1977) is a true classic. Seen here in original, unrestored condition, it looks like the owner uses the car every chance he gets.
Three modern day Mini Coopers, all caught in one beautiful frame – scenes like this are the reason we carry bulky cameras around all day. Each of these Minis are of the racy “S” variety, but the 2 on either end are second generation versions. The gen 1 example racing up the middle can be identified by its 17-inch multi-spoke wheels and less shiny “S” badge above the wheel well. Apparently New Yorkers are not the only ones loving Mini Coopers these days. While most automakers struggled to stay alive in 2008, BMW-owned Mini posted its best ever sales (+29%).