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      11-14-2010, 06:38 PM   #1
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New Pic's-Next Gen X5 Powertrain Testing???

Another case of.... I'm not really sure what this is.At first glance it looks like a mundane towing limits test for an X5.But the pic's beg a few questions.This is the E70 model prior to the LCI refresh.Unbadged and no tag at all.No tag means no extended over the road testing.Between Plant gates (this X5 did in fact drive between two plant gates) and on Plant grounds.If testing engine/chassis tweaks for the current LCI X5 wouldn't you use the series production model and NOT an out of production model X5??? In all the years I've been shooting pic's...I've never before seen a towing test conducted around the Plant.I'm not around 24/7...but you would think that I would have crossed paths with a towing test prior to this.I've seen the early test mules in Death Valley conducting towing test but nothing around the Plant.This X5 was moving very,very slow...maybe 5-10 MPH.Just wondering if this vehicle is conducting some early powertrain testing for the coming F40 due in 2013.No reason I can think of to be certifying towing limits on an out of production X5 model.Interesting to say the least.Maybe there is a simple explanation....I'm stumped.Thanks. PalBay
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      11-15-2010, 09:36 AM   #2
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Looks like someone's personal X5 with a stupid stripe down the side. The fact that the trailer does'nt have manufacturer plates and they are carrying a set of benches, I would say proves this isn't a BMW test vehicle. Not a BMW test vehicle IMHO.
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Looks like someone's personal X5 with a stupid stripe down the side. The fact that the trailer does'nt have manufacturer plates and they are carrying a set of benches, I would say proves this isn't a BMW test vehicle. Not a BMW test vehicle IMHO.
It was seen on the BMW grounds and between company gates... Not typical of "personal" vehicles.
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Nah, I don't think they are testing a powertrain.

This X-Car appears to be carefully moving some sort of risers, that happen to have stairs on both ends.
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I saw a few of these X5's with the yellow stripes scattered around the plant when I was there for the ride & drive last week. I think they use them for movings things and people around the plant.
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Completely makes sense to me.

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I saw a few of these X5's with the yellow stripes scattered around the plant when I was there for the ride & drive last week. I think they use them for movings things and people around the plant.
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PALBAY! Sneak around and get a pic under the hood! That's where the prize is!
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Ah, just TNJ Trailers out testing their new T5000 model again.
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Trailer looks a little tongue-heavy...
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I saw a few of these X5's with the yellow stripes scattered around the plant when I was there for the ride & drive last week. I think they use them for movings things and people around the plant.
Yea, that sounds plausible
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if they were testing the a new power-train it would be in the current body type. Not last years model.
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