Imagine a black so dark that it virtually leaves no room for shadows. Anything painted in it looks like a flat two-dimensional picture. That’s Vantablack for you. BMW has announced that its third-generation X6 SUV will debut in at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in September. The new BMW X6 will reach dealerships globally starting in November 2019. Alongside the usual paint finishes, BMW will showcase a one-off version of the SUV or SAC as BMW calls it, in the Vantablack VBx2 nanostructure paint finish.

BMW has teamed up with Surrey NanoSystems, inventors of Vantablack technology, to present this show car.

The new BMW X6 will reach dealerships globally starting November 2019.

"We turned down numerous requests from various automobile manufacturers in the past. It took the BMW X6 and its unique, expressive design for us to entertain the idea." Ben Jensen, Founder and Chief Technical Officer of Surrey NanoSystems.

With design highlights like the optional Iconic Glow kidney grille, bright twin headlights and striking taillights, the new BMW X6 provides a true contrast to offset the Vantablack VBx2 paint finish. This changes the viewer’s visual perception of the SUV’s three-dimensional shape, states BMW.

According to the company, a surface coated in Vantablack loses its defining features to the human eye, with objects appearing two-dimensional. This can be interpreted by the brain as staring into a hole or even a void, making Vantablack unsuitable as a vehicle paint finish, as it blots out virtually all the design details. The VBx2 variant of the paint allows a higher 1 percent of light reflectance, to allow some details and highlights to be visible. As against this, the Vantablack used for space applications only reflects back 0.035 percent light, which would not work so well.

With design highlights like the optional Iconic Glow kidney grille, bright twin headlights and striking taillights, the new BMW X6 provides a true contrast to offset the Vantablack VBx2 paint finish.

This technology was initially developed for coating space-usage components. Optical components coated in Vantablack help with the observation of faint stars and distant galaxies, which may not be possible otherwise, as stray light from the sun makes them difficult to detect.

BMW has teamed up with Surrey NanoSystems, inventors of Vantablack technology, to present this show car.