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      06-11-2007, 06:48 AM   #45
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yes, they must "test" interlagos blue, because it is new color right?

god forbid it melts or something. (even though it has been used many many times already)

point is, there are many ways to interpret their reasoning to use a bright showy color with absolutely no camo, your guess is as valid as mine, dont act like you know their incentive, but u are free to think what their incentive might be, just as i am.
My response was not a guess. It's from personal knowledge and experience from when I used to work at BMWNA.

So, in this case, no, you are not free to think what BMW's intentions are with pre-production test mules. The fact of the matter is that this car is being used for TESTING purposes. The color of the vehicle is irrelevant as the facility does not get to choose which color vehicle they receive, Germany sends what they want to send. There is no longer any reason for full body camoflage since they already released official photos of the upcoming car but they still cover the roundels because it still hasn't officially been released and technically not a BMW just yet.
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My response was not a guess. It's from personal knowledge and experience from when I used to work at BMWNA.

So, in this case, no, you are not free to think what BMW's intentions are with pre-production test mules. The fact of the matter is that this car is being used for TESTING purposes. The color of the vehicle is irrelevant as the facility does not get to choose which color vehicle they receive, Germany sends what they want to send. There is no longer any reason for full body camoflage since they already released official photos of the upcoming car but they still cover the roundels because it still hasn't officially been released and technically not a BMW just yet.
Well said, but I fear you are wasting your energy. There are a lot of silly, unintelligent people on here who get a bizarre idea in their heads and before long they convince themselves it's fact.
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      06-11-2007, 11:26 AM   #47
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nice! thanks for posting those pics!
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      06-11-2007, 11:55 AM   #48
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Great Pics. Wish I could see it like you guys. But I wont until it comes off the truck for the first customer
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      06-11-2007, 02:49 PM   #49
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southlight, explain again why are they using interlagos blue with no camo as the test car again?
I understand this as a serious question, isn't it?
They're testing the cars aswell as the production. The pre-production is the last step before real series production starts. So they're producing cars as they would do with customer cars. If they only produced black cars, that wouldn't be a real test for the later series production. That's one side. The other side is the socalled "customer-oriented" test. BMW employees get these cars to drive and have to say when there are any faults left (caused by faulty development which shouldn't happen in that late stage OR caused by faulty production which could happen). The more they drive the better is it to rule out all the possible errors.
Besides that there are still some tests/development to be made (maybe for the new transmission maybe for the latest fine setting in suspension or other things), for which also preproduction cars are used.
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      06-11-2007, 02:54 PM   #50
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wow, this is great. i was just in malibu/santa monica the other day ! i would've flipped-out if i saw this beast in person. it sounds soooooo good.

thanks, good work !
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      06-11-2007, 03:14 PM   #51
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      06-11-2007, 03:25 PM   #52
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Awesome find. Thanks for sharing. Made my workday..... can't wait to go home and watch the vids you captured....
That bamboo beige doesn't look too shabby. I was really wanting to get the fox red interior for the alpine white exterior, but you think a red interior is saying too much on a white car? Perhaps beige is a lil less decadent?
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      06-11-2007, 03:51 PM   #53
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Nice catch! Thanks for taking the photos and share with us. That color looks beautiful under California sun..

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      06-11-2007, 10:34 PM   #54
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"A" for effort. Thanks for the hard work to bring us those pics!
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      06-11-2007, 11:57 PM   #55
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Thanks guys!

I wish I had a real video camera with me! My old Nikon coolpix can't even take that great of pics, much less video...... but it will have to do until my next sighting.... hehe


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      06-12-2007, 11:36 PM   #56
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Hey Hans,
Great find up Westlake Blvd. They love those canyon roads!
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      06-13-2007, 01:13 AM   #57
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I can tbelive they had the car out in the open like that. So many people cant wait to see it and they are just driving it around like nothing. I think that BMW just wanted to show off there wonderfull car and with the bright color they sure succeded.
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      06-13-2007, 10:55 AM   #58
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Thank you for the post, Hans. For some reason the Geneva photos were much more impressive thatn anything since!
So glad to hear the engine has that sexy high pitch italian style V8 sound and not the deep Detroit gurgle.
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OMG I love that m3 so much. Thanks for sharing! Really appreciate it! Sick Evo too! Blue Evo's are amazing!
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      06-13-2007, 04:58 PM   #61
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the nicest color so far IMOA. I just hope they get rid of those wheels.
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nice find damn i cant wait till it comes out. the rims gotta go though. you got skills driving shifting and recording haha. good find!
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      06-14-2007, 01:03 AM   #63
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Nice pics and vids ...

My guess it they are testing the car ... one big test at these final stages is fuel test. Since CA gets such shitty gas they are probly double checking the 91 oct in the new motor. Just like when the Evo came out they had to make adjustments to the ECU for America's crappy gas.
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Nice spy work!

But the more I see of this car, the happier I am that I got my Z4M Coupe.
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yes, they must "test" interlagos blue, because it is new color right?

god forbid it melts or something. (even though it has been used many many times already)

point is, there are many ways to interpret their reasoning to use a bright showy color with absolutely no camo, your guess is as valid as mine, dont act like you know their incentive, but u are free to think what their incentive might be, just as i am.
I had to register just to give you your answer.

Quality, every automaker builds "Prototype/Pilot" cars on the line (usually at different stages of pre-production). Once a car is publically released to the media there is no reason to cover it with camo. Debadging a car costs nothing so some companies (like BMW do that), others don't even bother stripping off badges.

The only cars that are all black or all red (for crashing, red shows the best) are the EARLIEST of Pilot builds. For example Chrysler has 4 "stages" of Pilot, S0, S1, S2, and V1. BMW probably does something similar. S0's are the first Pilot's and are usually hand assembled or built on a "Pilot" line at a Tech Center (on a semi-real assembly line). S1, S2 and V1 (V1 is actually production) are all built in the assembly plant.

When building S1's and S2's you have to test ALL aspects of the car and production of the car, so they paint the cars different colors to test how the equipment works. They also like to see the cars with all the colors, and if you are going to build a car (which costs money) then you might as well give it to Engineers to test.
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Sick! But that doesn't look like Interlagos. That looks like Montego.
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