2014 BMW i3: Let's Improve the Grill
July 8, 2015
The faux-grill on our 2014 BMW i3 is a nice nod to the automaker's design history. But because electric motors don't breathe air, the grill has no function. That means we can modify it without repercussion.
First: The color. BMW's Frozen Blue highlight nicely emphasizes the grill as a design element, but wouldn't it be nice if you could get something other than blue? Cue Photoshop.
You could do something like this in the real world with vinyl or Plasti Dip, and it probably wouldn't cost too much. But we need to go further.
Photoshop's clone tool makes quick work of the top half of the grill. And doesn't the i3 look better for it? I'm no car designer, but I see a sleeker, more aggressive look that better matches the headlights. Sadly, shaving the grill like this in the real world would probably be expensive. Part of me wants to see how much.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor @ 6,480 miles