An all-black attention seeker from which no light can escape: BMW’s latest is a black hole of a car.
At motor shows like the Frankfurt’s IAA (September 12-22), the novelty cars on offer are you usually the ones that shine the brightest. For the BMW X6, however, the opposite can be said.
The new edition of the SUV coupe appears at the IAA in a matt black finish – but not just any matt black.
You won’t find even the slightest shine or reflection on this car’s hood because a high-tech new nanostructure coating ensures that incoming light is almost completely swallowed up, BMW says.
The coating consists of tiny carbon tubes, each about 5,000 times thinner than human hair, with 1 billion of them on each square centimetre, making sure that all light is trapped.
Looking at a extremely dark surface like this has been compared to staring into a black hole, void of all light.
This is the first time the material was used on a vehicle, so in order to move to the mass production phase, further road safety tests and developments will be necessary, a BMW spokesman said.
An added negative: the material is extremely sensitive, so the prospect of having to regularly respray scrapes to the bodywork would make it far from ideal.