CCM Glimpse: “Stormtrooper”
Vehicle: BMW M6 E64
New Stuff: finished in pearl white, handmade side panels and bumpers, 20″ alloy wheels, headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights
Press Release by Vilner
“In a galaxy far, far away” is the Sentence that fans of the “Star Wars” saga expect to see again on the big screen. This will happen not earlier than the end of next year, when the next George Lucas movie will be released in theaters. But the Bulgarian studio Vilner has already warmed-up the premiere of the 7th part of “Star Wars” with its latest project, called Stormtrooper.
With its sparkling white color and with power hidden in its forms, the car is reminiscent of the Imperial Army troops of Darth Vader. Unlike the numerous army of Lord Vader, BMW Stormtrooper by Vilner is unique and one-of-a-kind, a single-piece project.
It is now at its Austrian owner who enjoys it on the serpentine roads of the Austrian Alps, from which the stars seem so near.
The studio also said that no more than 10 cars will undergo this drastic therapy.
Stormtrooper by Vilner is the second project of the studio of this scale. Almost a year ago, the boys and girls at Vilner revealed the BMW Bullshark – E63 coupe, which had been subjected to radical redesign.
Today, the team at Vilner introduces the Stormtrooper – the convertible version of Bullshark. Both machines are subject to the same design idea, but they are very different, in practice. Perhaps, for that reason, the studio has chosen an entirely different name for this project.
When they received the “order” for the construction of an open version of the Bullshark, Vilner set goal to go beyond the first machine. For this reason they made a lot, though hardly noticeable changes.
Typical for studio Vilner, the color combination is again non-traditional. This time designers rely on white and brown. An emphasis is made thanks to the addition of 20 inch black wheels. The designers have further beautified them with white stripe, so that they can remind us of the ion engines of the X-Wing fighters.The main one is in the machine, which is used as a donor. This time we have a real E64 M6, while the Bullshark relies on the mechanics of the E63 645i. The front and rear bonnets, bumpers, rear fenders, and all accessories for them are also different. Only the front fenders make an exception – they are all handmade and are single units.
The coupe is covered with three-layer white pearl paint, while the hood is decided in brown. Just like the interior.
There, the team at Vilner has used antique nappa leather and brown Alcantara. The dashboard is warped, so that it can get a tinted brown carbon. Highlights on it are the mileage-meters which are in the same color. The seat belts and iDrive controller system are in sparkling white, as well as the back of the front seats.
The decorative elements of the exterior are decided in brown mat. It covers the kidney in the preradiator grille, the lips under the front bumper, the doorsteps and “gills” in the front fenders. The latter are functional openings which are involved in the aerodynamics of the car. Below the doorsteps an additional spoiler is added. Just like the Bullshark, the Stormtrooper uses BMW emblems as side indicators.
The headlights are built-in LED lights and have a black base, with the beds of the lighting “bulbs” painted white. The rear taillights also rely on LEDs and send us directly into fight scenes with Star Wars’ light-sabers.
Vilner judged that the 500 hp (368 kW) of the V10 engine are completely sufficient and did not make any changes to the engine compartment.
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