More akin to the Aston Martin Rapide or Porsche Panamera, this latest creation from BMW Director of Design Chris Bangle shows his latest version of the much criticized yet highly copied design technique called flame surfacing.

BMW has already admitted plans to developing an X6 SUV crossover type vehicle which adopts the 4-door fastback coupe design first seen in the Mercedes CLS-Class. Now, BMW takes us by surprise by unveiling at the Shanghai motor show the CS Concept which is exactly as described, but without the SUV part. More akin to the Aston Martin Rapide or Porsche Panamera, this latest creation from BMW Director of Design Chris Bangle shows his latest version of the much criticized yet highly copied design technique called flame surfacing.

The CS Concept looks amazing from all angles except the front. The bonnet front lip rolled into the over sized kidney grille combined with the flame surfaced front fascia evoke images of a pampered middle aged woman who's had too much plastic surgery. With the potential of being an 8 Series successor, hopefully BMW will be more traditional with the front end.

Autoweek.com reports that an M version would receive a 6.0 liter V12 based off the engineering principles of the M5's V10, just with an addition two cylinders. The most recent example of this theory is the M3 V8 engine but minus two cylinders.

[UPDATE - BMW CS Concept Officially Unveiled in Shanghai]

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