Chris Bangle takes a swing at Jason Castriota over SAAB PhoeniX

In what's already being heralded as the "Chilla in Geneva," infamous BMW designer Chris "Big Butts" Bangle tussled with Jason "Cassius" Castriota over the design of the inspired-by-jets Saab PhoeniX. Rhetorical fists fly as Bangle angles to flame Castriota's surfaces.


Bangle throws the first punch asking "What makes the PhoeniX a Saab?" Castriota deftly maneuvers, ducking the punch and shifting his weight toward the car's dripping metal aero design. But just as he regains his balance and breath, Bangle hits him again with the same hook.

"Have you ever seen the urSaab?" Castriota counters.

"It looks like the urSaab?" Bangle spits again as the jabs start in rapid succession, with Castriota pointing out again the car's aeronautical inspiration.

"You're going to own aero?" Bangle asks, trying to land the finishing punch. But Castriota hits back with a haymaker right to Bangle's mischievous beard.

"Everybody needs a sign… you want flame… or the butt?"


It's all over from there, with Bangle flopping on the faux-carpeted ground of the Geneva hall exclaiming "I wanted to get rid of both of those" before claiming it's about the mysterious "them." Bangle manages to struggle to his feet, but we're calling this a TKO in Castriota's favor.

What a match. Old versus new. Mainstream versus streamlined. Ali versus Patterson. Well, maybe Ali versus Liston. People liked Floyd Patterson…


You can see Castriota discussing the PhoeniX without the Madman from Ohio berating him over at Saabs United.

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