Originally Posted by SCOTT26
NO ONE OUTSIDE BMW AG GETS TO DRIVE A PROTOTYPE BEFORE LAUNCH UNLESS FOR PRESS OR MEDIA PURPOSE .
This also goes for the tuning market .
Actually, people do.
I know people who work for suppliers of BMW (third party software suppliers for their cars etc.) who have driven things like the E60 with the 550i 4.8L V8 like 1-1.5 years before it was in production. Also the new X3 way before production. The 550i was at very mule car stage without any noise insulation.
They do have strict NDAs and they won't be posting on the Internet about these things.