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Old 10-31-2007, 12:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hofmeister Kink? WTF

I found this while viewing bmw-usa, interesting but also random and weird.



Hofmeister Kink

Certainly the BMW element with the most unusual name is the Hofmeister kink, the distinctive bend in every BMW's C-pillars (the metal roof supports that separate the rear side windows from the back glass). Although it appeared as early as the 1930s, the kink formally debuted with the "New Class" 1500 Sedan at the 1961 Frankfurt auto show and was named after Wilhelm Hofmeister, then director of design for BMW. Aside from its pleasing visual effect, the Hofmeister kink subtly highlights a BMW trademark: rear-wheel drive.
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Old 10-31-2007, 01:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You werent familiar with the kink....wtf.....
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I love the kink...


























...in the C pillars i mean, naturally.
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^^ right........
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Old 10-31-2007, 03:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I've known about the kink for ages, but I still don't see what is special about it I actually find it weirdly sad that BMW keeps making reference to it.
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Old 10-31-2007, 04:05 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've known about it for ages as well...

And IMO that bend does make the car more visually appealing as opposed to having the windows come to a point at the end of the pillar.
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Not sure why it's so special that it gets a name...for that matter, "Bangle Butt" gives that unfortunate more glory than he deserves...
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just discovered the kink!? I agree with emir, it definitely gives it a much more appealing look than if it were just a point.
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Anyone notice how many cars are copying the kink latley? The new Accord, Camry, and Passat just to name a few
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Sorry guys I never knew that the "kink" had a name. guess you always learn something new. at least the kink adds 10-15 wrhp.
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