2013 Subaru BRZ: Flamed
April 3, 2013
Everybody bagged on Chris Bangle and what came to be called flame-surfacing when his first designs hit the road. A decade later, flame surfacing, 3D creases and compound curves show up in everyone's designs, from Hyundai to Ford. And here they are in the BRZ's dash, in the metal mesh grilles for the mids and tweeters.
Is Bangle vindicated? I won't go that far. But as the initial uproar becomes a distant memory, designers look like they're more confident introducing these elements into their work. And maybe someday, in the not too-distant future, we'll all realize just how ahead of its time the Pontiac Aztek really was.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 12,800 miles