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BMW Unveils New X6 Series In 'World's Blackest Black'

BMW Unveils New X6 Series In 'World's Blackest Black'

If you've always dreamed of having a car that disappears at night time, then look no further than the new BMW X6 Series (then carry on looking, because this black beauty is a one-off, I'm afraid).

The car is painted in 'the world's blackest black' and it looks unreal.

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The beastly vehicle - which will be showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September - is the only car in the world to be coated with a Vantablack VBx2 paint finish.

The paint, which was originally developed for aerospace by Surrey NanoSystems, absorbs up to 99.96 percent of visible light, meaning the human eye can not identify contours, and as such, the car almost appears two-dimensional.

Ben Jensen - who founded Surrey NanoSystems and invented Vantablack - said that while the car looks incredible, it'll be a while before we see cars with such coating out on the roads.

According to The Daily Mail, he said: "We turned down numerous requests from automobile manufacturers in the past. It took the BMW X6 and its unique, expressive design for us to entertain the idea.

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"I think it worked really well on the BMW X6, because of the size of the car, its distinctive shape, and how imposing it is. The BMW X6 in Vantablack looks absolutely fantastic."

This X6 has the blackest paint job in the world. Credit: BMW
This X6 has the blackest paint job in the world. Credit: BMW

He continued: "We also realised that it wouldn't have worked if we'd put on the original material, as the viewer would have lost all sense of three-dimensionality.

"VBx2 with its one-percent reflectance provides just enough of a hint of shape. Add to that the contrast between the matt black surface and details such as the Iconic Glow kidney grille, the headlights and the windows - everything is just set off beautifully.

"Developing a Vantablack VBx2 car paint durable enough for daily use is a huge technological challenge."

However, should this technological challenge be surmounted, the designer behind the new BMW X6, Hussein Al Attar, reckons X6 drivers would be well up for the paint job.

The Vantablack paint is a way off being ready for the roads. Credit: BMW
The Vantablack paint is a way off being ready for the roads. Credit: BMW

According to The Daily Mail, he said: "The BMW X6 has always been the most provocative and in-your-face model in our portfolio. So why not emphasise this even further?

"BMW X6 drivers are among our most extrovert and free-spirited customers. If anyone were to opt for a Vantablack paint option, it would definitely be a BMW X6 driver."

For the time being though, it looks like X6 drivers will have to flaunt their free spirits without the help of a really, really black car.

Featured Image Credit: BMW

Topics: World News, Cars

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

 

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