We might be totally out of line here, but after seeing the new Mercedes-Benz F 800 Style Concept, we had to ask ourselves this question: does it resemble in any way the now canceled BMW CS Concept?
No, we are not referring to the front-end which clearly is no where near identical to the CS, but rather we would like to focus on the rear-end design. While not identical, at a first glance, there are some similarities that stand out, the proportions, character line running into the rear lights, exhaust pipes area, bumper, even the angular rear view mirror.
While on the CS Concept everything seems to be minimal, the MB F 800 enhances some of these design elements: the longer taillights, wider rear bumper and larger openings for the exhaust tips.
Now here is where it all gets interesting. As we know Karim Habib, one of the top designers at BMW fled the Munich-based automaker to join the Mercedes-Benz team last year. And according to Autocar UK Habib would be be responsible for the Mercedes-Benz F series cars and concept cars.
Coincidentally he also designed the BWM CS Concept and the last 7 Series.
Now, the following questions arise:
1. Has Habib join Mercedes-Benz in the early design stages of the F 800 Concept?
2. Are there any BMW design influences within the overall shape and execution of the details?
We would love to hear your opinion on this and once again, we could be wrong here.
Special thanks to Chris by bringing this upfront and also for photoshoping the two cars together.