Vantablack is the new black for the BMW X6, but why?


We are stumped as to why BMW would want to paint the new G06-generation X6 in a paint so dark that it hides all its lines and contours, apart from the fact that it makes you squint trying to make sense out of what you’re seeing. Or could it be that they want to show off its optional illuminated grille?

According to the designer of the X6, Hussein Al Attar, the 99% light-absorbing Vantablack (for Vertically Aligned Nano Tube Array) VBx2 paint ‘makes the BMW X6 look particularly menacing’.

And while he concedes to the contradiction of making the X6 look two-dimensional, Al Attar says that the Vantablack VBx2 opens up new possibilities for designers who often prefer to talk about silhouettes and proportions rather than surfaces and lines. Okay.

On the suggestion of Vantablack VBx2 being offered as a future paint option for BMW cars, Al Attar is optimistic that ‘extrovert and free-spirited’ X6 owners would welcome it. We hope these ‘free-spirited’ owners will take kindly to the cost of the Vantablack VBx2 which is mainly utilised for ‘coating space-borne components’. The cost could be astronomical, ahem…

Besides, it’s not the kind of surface that will take kindly to a RM5.00 BHP drive-through car wash, is it? Yeah, guess BMW just needed to show off that grille before retail units hit showrooms in November 2019. Just remember to tick the option for the illuminated grille, will you?


Denis Wong

Denis Wong

In the age of misinformation and spin, Denis prefers candour and a counterpoint, because the truth matters.
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