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      12-10-2007, 01:54 PM   #1
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BMW is testing out new Camoflage schemes

At first sight this looks like a cleverly disguised BMW prototype. In actuality it is BMW's current generation E65 7-series wrapped in some interesting body tape. BMW is infact testing out new camoflage schemes and this is one of them.

BMW has recently moved from tape covering of their cars to full body cladding as Benz has been doing for some years. It now seems BMW wants to move beyond the body-cladding strategy into a tape with patterns strategy as GM is known for with its zebra patterened camoflage.

The exact reasoning for this change isn't known, but i'd venture a guess that the body cladding might affect aerodynamics of the car in real world testing
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      12-10-2007, 02:07 PM   #2
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I hope one of the options is the paint like that
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      12-10-2007, 02:42 PM   #3
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That thing's got a big ole butt!
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      12-10-2007, 02:46 PM   #4
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I wonder what is with the roof? Is it all glass?
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      12-10-2007, 03:07 PM   #5
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the body looks exactly like that of the current 7...butt looks exactly the same
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      12-10-2007, 03:28 PM   #6
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The car looks exactly the same from the beltline up. can't tell about the lower half.
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its actually really smart that they did that, you cant tell if they made any changes or what not, id bet some rappers would be all over that paint job as well.
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sexy... lol
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Interesting idea.

It doesn't actually hide the lines of the car and all aerodynamics and cooling features can be tested properly. But it doesn't half mess up a photo.
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i think they do it because its hard for the human eye to depict the small details and curves the car will hold so i guess it would make it more of a Suprise when they actually show the car????
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it looks the same as the current 7 series cuz it is the current 7 series lol
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In actuality it is BMW's current generation E65 7-series wrapped in some interesting body tape.
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the body looks exactly like that of the current 7...butt looks exactly the same
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The car looks exactly the same from the beltline up. can't tell about the lower half.
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it looks the same as the current 7 series cuz it is the current 7 series lol
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Sure it is not just one of those "Artsy" BMWs? I know they had artist paint a bunch of BMW cars a while back. The only reason I might question that is because of the white mixed with the yellow in no distinct pattern.

That and the OP said it was the current 7 series in his post
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Sure it is not just one of those "Artsy" BMWs? I know they had artist paint a bunch of BMW cars a while back. The only reason I might question that is because of the white mixed with the yellow in no distinct pattern.

That and the OP said it was the current 7 series in his post
LOL your kidding, right?

It is supposed to not have a "pattern" as it would be easier for the eye to determine the shape if it did.

They probably will use this for in between testing where most of the body work is complete and they are fine tuning things. Still have the cladding for early prototypes, then rather than begin to reveal things to us, apply the vinyl decal. (which is also easily removable)

This also makes it MUCH harder for magazines and sites to "complete" a test mule car in photoshop (where details of the lights and such used to be covered in black tape)
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wow that is really funky! Much better than the plain ol' black.
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This is actually an ingenious and very effective camo setup. Take a look at the rear 3/4 shot with the trunk. You can't decipher anything. Pretty effective if you ask me.
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it looks the same as the current 7 series cuz it is the current 7 series lol
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I'm with MrHarris.
No you need to add in "because BMWs new camo fails."
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ballin....

I meant bawling
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Nice mod.... instead of the vinyl tape...
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