BMW unveils X6 in the world’s ‘blackest black’

Vantablack is about to begin, the “blackest black” in the world, a controversial beginning in life, and is now onto reach a special version of the BMW X6.

The one-time X6 sprayed with the Vantablack VBx2 touch will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, where BMW will showcase the third generation of the car, according to a statement from the carmaker.


Vantablack absorbs 99% of light, making it the darkest dye on Earth. British artist Anish Kapoor drew the ire of many when he bought exclusive rights to Vantablack in 2016, but Vantablack VBx2 is a slightly different material.

They are considered “super black” while still giving some reflections from every angle, making them more suited than the original dye for use as vehicle paint, according to BMW.


effect is stunning, where it highlights features such as lights and the car’s grid, giving it an urban brood.


Hussein Al Attar, who designed the new X6, says that Vantablack VBx2 opens up new possibilities for designers.

“We often prefer to talk about silhouettes and proportions rather than surfaces and lines,” he said in a statement.

‘Vantablack VBx2 paint highlights these essential aspects of car design, without distraction from light and reflections’

Vantablack was originally invented by British Surrey NanoSystems in 2014, and Vantablack was developed as a coating of components that will be sent into space to enable observation of distant galaxies and faint stars.


Ben Jensen, who founded Surrey NanoSystems and invented Vantablack, and said he rejected previous methods from car makers interested in using the material, but the X6 felt it was well suited.

“I think it has worked really well on the BMW X6 because of the size, shape and imposition of the car,” Jensen said in a statement.


Jensen said that the finish is unlikely to be used to produce compounds any time soon.

“The development of Vantablack VBx2 paint is durable enough for everyday use and is a major technical challenge,” he said.

However, the material is increasingly used in sensors for self-propelled vehicles, which reduces sun damage and allows performance and safety, according to Jensen.

The BMW Vantablack X6 will be on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show from September 12 to 22, and the third generation X6 will arrive in showrooms in November.