Saturday morning snippets – Banglebutt edition

I received a very nice email in my inbox this morning from a guy in Sweden named Carl-Henrik. It was the first time he’d been in touch after reading the site for a while and he sent along some good snippets fodder that I’ll share with you here.
We’re all fans of Saab design and Carl-Henrik had some thoughts on that, which agree with 100%:

I’ve always liked Saab because of the design. It was so “complete”, in the way I mean from the front to the back. You see it so clearly when you pass a Saab. For example BMW never managed to get the rear of the cars to look right. Their front of the M3 might look good, but it doesn’t “work” with the rear. But for me, when I compare the design of the 9-3 with an M3 the 9-3 is so much more “complete” as it works as one unit.

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Now on Saab design and BMW design……
There is a condition called “Bangle Butt”. This is the totally awful rear end that BMW designer Chris Bangle gave to the BMW 7 series a few years ago.
It was quite rightly panned across the entire automotive universe and has since been revised, but this eyesore still remains on the autobahns of Germany thanks to the purchases made by a number of top level execs who had to have the latest BMW at the time, regardless of whether or not it was uglier than a bashed crab.
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You can see the Bangle Butt quite clearly there, as if he said to himself “well, I like the front but can’t think of a single thing that makes sense at the back, so screw it”
Evidence has now emerged that Chris Bangle may have used a Saab 900 for his prototype work on the 7-series. This Saab 900 is currently for sale on Blocket.se and whilst there’s no acknowledgement of Bangle in the description, I have a feeling……
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OK, so Chris Bangle never worked on a Saab, but I couldn’t resist……..
Thanks to Robert N for the Blocket link….
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Carl-Henrik also sent along this image of an interestingly decorated Saab 96 in his hometown.
Anyone seen those wheels before?
Click to enlarge:
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For the technical junkies out there, here’s Wes Siler’s Jalopnik review of that new Lexus Supercar that made it’s debut at the Tokyo Motor Show during the week.
The details are impressive (impressive enough for me to include a reference to it here, which is something considering my contempt for Lexii) but at the end of the day, it’s still just a Camry to me.
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Forza3 is out and Jörgen from the Saabs United Historic Rally Team has been taking the Turbo X for a spin.



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Lots to do today, as we head off to pick up the 99T. Here’s hoping it’s a more successful trip than yesterday.

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