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you can order the new M5 without badges or spoiler (archive)

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Posted by Craig on August 14, 1999 at 07:23:39:

In Reply to: Re: do any E39s come debadged from the factory? posted by Steve on August 14, 1999 at 07:08:22:

: : You have that option in Germany and probably for that matter Europe as well. Some individuals who own a 528 for example can place a 540 badge on their vehicle, change the rims and visually you wouldn't know the difference. That is until your on the autobahn in a 911 accelerating to 150 and in front of you is a bmw with a badge that says 540 and your thinking to yourself why can't this car acelerate and keep up with you.

: This is a common thing in Europe, debadging one's car so that to the untrained eye it's unclear what model it is. I, personally, think it's kinda neat...wondering if the Mercedes-Benz you're approaching is an SL600 sporting a 6liter V12 with just shy of 400ponies or a measly 5liter V8. Of course, depending on conditions you can tell by how it drives but it's still cool.

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