Originally Posted by Sherlockian
Well, it's not so much of a surprise as the previous restyling, which IMHO went from the best-ever 5 (possibly best ever BMW) design to a very quirky one. A few years of seeing the Bangle designs on a daily basis has watered down what might have been a stronger reaction.
I think it's a step in the right direction, in a similar way that the 997 was a step back towards what should have been after the radical changes of the 996.
I am biased based on experiences from my youth - seeing a 930 slantnose tear through the Appalachians - but I always loved the 930 slantnose and the 993 turbo. I appreciate the build of the 996, but felt the style of the car itself could have been more groundbreaking considering all of the other radical changes underneath the skin.