• Sep 14, 2006
A keen observer in the UK, sent the blokes over at PistonHeads the above pic of a BMW 7-Series with '770Li' badging and, even weirder, a 'W12' logo brandishing itself on the left corner of its pseudo-Bangled trunk lid.

If this is authentic, and we're pretty damn sure that it's not, would BMW really take a play from the VW engineers and produce a W12? An even better question would be, is there really a market for another 'quick' luxo-barge? The 760Li does 0-60 in just over five and half seconds, so would such a beast even fit in BMWs lineup? We think not.

As is probably the case, some overly geeky (not to mention wealthy) car guy found a machinist to mill some faux badges and then got creative with the double-sided tape. If that's the case, we're thinking of throwing some 'Sixteen' badges on the flanks of our Mom's Alero. Anyone gonna hook us up?


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Autoblog - you are far better than to post cr#p like this.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I was thinking the lettering came from a place like

      http://youremblem.com/

      although they would have modified a letter to get the lower case "i"
      Bassa
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not a Photoshop job.

      I followed this car today (November 01st. 2006) at about 1.30pm. west along the A316 from Twickenham to the M3, where it accelerated away from me.

      I tried to photograph the back of it, whenever we stopped, but the sun was against me.

      I texted my lad who is quite knowledgeable, on said matters, but he had not heard of this model.

      The car does exist, with the badges, as photographed above.

      I am quite happy with the fact that it is a 735, with false badging. What I can't understand is 'Why someone would actually bother to go to all this trouble' ?.

      Ohh. well. I'll keep my eyes open for it again, heading west out of London, and I'll have the camera ready.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's fake because the guy's missing an authentic Type-R sticker.

      Stoneman
      http://www.stonemanautoreview.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's Photoshop. If anyone should understand that, it's the guys at Autoblog (or any web based business). No fancy machining was involved.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i've seen a Hyundai Accent with GT-R badges in town... i saw a really badly done rearranging of a C230 into a C32 (crooked ... spacing allllll off... still had stock body and wheels)... want pictures of those for an article apiece?
      • 8 Years Ago
      My God how gullible do you have to be to think that thing is real? I can't believe some tool thought that was legit enough to warrant suspicion over a new BMW model. Do writers think before they post their "findings" these days or what? No offense but I see stupidly rebadged cars all the time. Notable mentions include a BMW Passat, Mercedes-Benz Armada and an E39 555i just to name are just of few of the retarded "homebrew" creations I've seen recently.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It was debunked on the PH forum. They looked up the license plate to find out it is a 735.

      This guy must be proud, his little joke has somehow made it all over the internet.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A quick check on RAC sorts this one out

      www.rac.co.uk/web/vehiclechecks/dvla_lookup/?page=1&vrn=v29+vvv&x=0&y=0

      Vehicle details
      Manufacturer BMW
      Model 735 LI AUTO
      Body type 4 DOOR SALOON
      Colour SILVER
      Fuel type PETROL
      Date manufactured 19 December 2002
      Number of previous owners 2
      Last owner change 10 July 2006
      • 8 Years Ago
      I personally think it was a Photochop and not a re-badge. A "V" could have been doubled-up to make a "W", and similarly the 7 from the 760 could have been duplicated to be 770.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm in Hong Kong this week. I seen all kinds of knock off badging. I think I will get an M3 or Skyline badging for my Pinto!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw this actual car on the A40 coming back in to West London from work - it made me sit up for a minute seeing it after dark - it looked pretty 'real' :))
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