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      12-03-2012, 11:33 AM   #1
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Post Visual Comparison of BMW 3 Series GT vs 5 Series GT

We just posted fully revealing spy photos of the upcoming 3 Series GT (see here), and it's more similar to the 5 Series GT than we expected and hoped.

Have a look below at the similarities and differences.


3 Series GT M Sport vs. 5 Series GT M Sport

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3 Series GT Modern Line vs 5 Series GT

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These BMW GT's are the German equivalent of the Pontiac Aztek.
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These BMW GT's are the German equivalent of the Pontiac Aztek.
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I have to say, they aren't exactly pretty cars. But they are functional and nice cars. Odd though that BMW left out the Hoffmeister kink in the 3GT; it looks more like the Hoffmeister point instead. BTW, who is Hoffmeister?
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At least now I know where all the GM engineers went during the bankruptcy reorganization.
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I'm missing the Hofmeister Knick too. I just thought I'm looking at an A7 there.
Hofmeister was a BMW designer back in the '60s/'70s or so. He first used this shape in a C pillar.
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I think the idea is nice but application is ugly. I would love to have a hb kind of 3 series over sw if it looks sportier than the sw.
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I actually Love my GT.

The issue I have with the styling is that the back side profile does make it look like a large Prius when close. From most other angles its fantastic and striking.

I think the 3er GT works out some of that design issue. I like how much sharper the back is. the proportions look better from the profile shots.

Still prefer my 5er though..
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These BMW GT's are the German equivalent of the Pontiac Aztek.
I couldn't have come up with a better analogy that that.
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crap, 3 Series GT Modern Line in the 1st pic looks like a tiny chick with a very bigg ass, looks like the low front of the new 3 is making it seem that..
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So...expensive Hyundai Elantra GT vs. fat Hyundai Elantra GT...
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I thought the 5GT was the worst we would see, but the 3GT very much tries to be even less attractive!
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the X6 is the big influence with these GT and 3 series. i prefer X6 form factor
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I'm missing the Hofmeister Knick too. I just thought I'm looking at an A7 there.
Hofmeister was a BMW designer back in the '60s/'70s or so. He first used this shape in a C pillar.
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3er or 5er, the GT is still a solution looking for a problem. What was wrong with a traditional touring? Better lines and more space than these ugly little misfits.

Not that I have an opinion or anything.....
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3er or 5er, the GT is still a solution looking for a problem. What was wrong with a traditional touring? Better lines and more space than these ugly little misfits.

Not that I have an opinion or anything.....


They're cutting the choices we get for wagons to make this garbage.

No stick, no sale.
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I have to say, they aren't exactly pretty cars. But they are functional and nice cars. Odd though that BMW left out the Hoffmeister kink in the 3GT; it looks more like the Hoffmeister point instead. BTW, who is Hoffmeister?
The Hofmeister kink (sometimes also translated Hofmeister kick, German: Hofmeister-Knick) is an automobile design feature seen on modern BMWs and automobiles by other manufacturers. Despite the feature which consists of a low forward bend at the C-pillar or D-pillar in the case of touring vehicles or SUV's being used broadly across automotive makes, the term "Hofmeister kink" is generally used in reference to automobiles designed by BMW.
The kink first appeared on the 1961 BMW 1500 at the 1961 Frankfurt Motor Show and was later named after then-BMW director of design, Wilhelm Hofmeister. In early models, the widened base of the C-pillar sometimes featured the BMW roundel.
Apart from its stylistic effect, the Hofmeister kink is said by BMW to suggest that all BMW models have rear-wheel drive (or all-wheel drive biased to the rear).
Not unique to BMW models, similar C-pillar kinks have appeared on cars of other brands both before 1961 and since. For example, the 1951 Kaiser Deluxe Golden Dragon shows a considerable "Hofmeister kink" in its greenhouse design. Another instance is seen with the 1994 Chevrolet Impala SS, based on the 1991+ Chevrolet Caprice, which had a plastic C-pillar kink insert and unique quarter window added to its design for its debut year. For 1994, the Caprice retained the standard triangular shaped window glass. In 1995, GM did away with the plastic insert, and incorporated this kink into the stamped sheetmetal quarter panels themselves for both the Impala SS as well as the Caprice Classic. In addition, the kink is present on some Honda Accord models.
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I'm missing the Hofmeister Knick too. I just thought I'm looking at an A7 there.
Hofmeister was a BMW designer back in the '60s/'70s or so. He first used this shape in a C pillar.
The Hofmeister Kink is still very much there.
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Hoffmeister?
The designer who first put it on a BMW.


The more I look at it the less I hate it. I don't know if that is a complement or not though.
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