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2009 BMW 7 Series Spied with Psychedelic Camouflage

 2009 BMW 7 Series Spied with Psychedelic Camouflage
Bmw 7 Series Spied / copyright by Lehmann Photo Syndication

Psychedelic look

Despite this prototype's psychedelic look, what you are looking at is the next generation BMW 7-Series testing in Munich. Looking closely at these photos we can now see the most revealing glimpses of the all new styling with a new front grille and a wider and lower hood for a sportier look.

The new 7-Series will feature an 8-speed automatic transmission and the 4x4 xDrive. The gear lever returns to the centre console and we will see a more user friendly information and navigation system.

Engines will range from the 3.0 liter 272hp straight-6, new S65 414hp V8 first introduced in the E92 M3 and we may see a revamped version of the existing 6.0-liter N73 V12 engine.

Set to be launched as a 2009 model, the new 7-Series is likely to make its debut at the 2008 Paris Motor Show – or could we be set for a surprise at Geneva?

 

[UPDATE 10.12.07]

One of our sources, kindly informs us that this vehicle is definitely not the new 7-Series but instead the current E65 7-Series out testing new camouflage systems for future prototypes, as BMW recently admitted to Germany's biggest tabloid, BILD magazine.  Normally, it's us having the last laugh when we expose a prototype in testing, but this time BMW gets the last laugh on us.  As much as I would like to give BMW credit on making such excellent camouflage, the reality is that we should have identified this vehicle despite the bad information we received.

 

 

Published Dec 10, 2007 12:11 pm By Clinton Deacon
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Comments (18)

phobos
it is current 7 series
Dec 12, 2007 3:14 pm
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unknown
it's not even a prototype...
Dec 12, 2007 6:29 am
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RCarvalho
it's the actual 7 series acting as a mule
Dec 11, 2007 3:03 pm
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DieselDog
UGH! As if the Bangle-butt didn't already make me nauseous. BTW, Radmeister, that Elton John comment was spot-on! HA!
Dec 11, 2007 4:07 am
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radmeister
i think it was just elton john out for a drive.
Dec 11, 2007 1:15 am
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THERENAISSANCEMAN
make that Jimi Hendrix , Rad. 'cept that the car should have been in purple.
Dec 11, 2007 5:49 pm
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mshutt1
I wouldn't think they would put the rev happy M3 engine in a smooth going 7 series.
Dec 11, 2007 12:58 am
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carcrazy1234
i'm pretty sure NOONE noticed this car rolling around **eyes roll**
Dec 11, 2007 12:01 am
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Marsman
of course its the old car look at the headlights and the rims, stupid BMW
Dec 10, 2007 11:57 pm
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dezibel
yup, maybe a test mule. wcf should do some quality checks on their articles, some have included kinda weird interpretations for a few months now...
Dec 10, 2007 9:22 pm
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stancoza1425
I thought it was more common to have test cars that are inconspicuous, this one seems to be the complete opposite - its like BMW was trying to draw attention to the car. I also like the fact that the gear shifter is being moved back to the center. Anyone know what the benefits (if any) are with that new electronic shifter they have in the 5 series and X5? Personally I'm not a fan of it.
Dec 10, 2007 8:05 pm
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radmeister
maybe space
Dec 11, 2007 1:16 am
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orlandocroccia
Yes. It's right, most manufacturers use mules based on the predecent model to test the new one.
Dec 10, 2007 7:27 pm
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stillthewhizz
Yep sorry asif but it looks like they're still using the old car as a mule.
Dec 10, 2007 7:01 pm
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dezibel
huh? stupid? thats clearly just an old 7 series, how can you say thats a new one?
Dec 10, 2007 6:50 pm
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kjmdesign
looks like the old body to me
Dec 10, 2007 6:49 pm
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asif
what are they trying to hide? the fact that it looks the bloody same as the current one?!!!!!
Dec 10, 2007 6:13 pm
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dicedlions
I agree...it's the E65. BMW have done well to get the cameras out on a model you can buy online. If underneath has new engines and they're 'hiding' it, why the hell would they attract attention like this? This truly is a pointless article.
Dec 17, 2007 1:43 pm
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