Flamed - 2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ: Flamed

April 3, 2013

2013 Subaru BRZ

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


  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    I think flame surfacing works on some cars, but not others. I like the design language on Hyundai's smaller cars, but much prefer the Optima's design to the Sonata's. The E46 remains my favorite 3 Series design, and while flame styling lessened the appeal of later 3 series models in my opinion, far greater harm was done by the move away from being the Ultimate Driving Machine to being all things to all people so long as they didn't care about actually driving.

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