Video: BMW Test Mules Graveyard

Videos | December 7th, 2009 by 15
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Here is something unusual for today, courtesy of Youtube and a long time reader, Simon: the BMW test mules graveyard or the place where BMW …

Here is something unusual for today, courtesy of Youtube and a long time reader, Simon: the BMW test mules graveyard or the place where BMW brings their prototypes prior to being destructed.

If you haven’t heard before, majority of the test mules/prototypes used in the evaluations phases are being destroyed after the testing period ends.

According to Simon, in this “graveyard”, one could see a BMW Z4 Roadster similar to the one (or maybe the very same one) used in the “Expression of Joy” video, also an X6 with the M Package bumper, the recently released X1 still carrying the funky camouflage, a 5 Series GT in various forms, from the initial Progressive Activity Sedan testing days to the final Gran Turismo, and surprising in a way, a BMW X5 Hybrid, a mule similar to the ones we have seen testing last year.

Several other models, in different forms and stages were present as well, including some MINI models as well.

Not breaking news here, but we thought you’ll enjoy this. Now we cannot wonder what happened to those X5  Hybrids test mules…..that would be car that we would be very excited to see.

This is the BMW recycling center which has been written about many times in years past. It is filled with cutting-edge technology used to recycle BMWvehicles. New BMWs are ~97% recycle-able right off the assembly line.

15 responses to “Video: BMW Test Mules Graveyard”

  1. Bryce says:

    This is actually pretty remarkable. If you look at the vehicle in front of the X5 Hybrid it looks like a 1 series with the headlights of a 3-series coupe. I was looking at it around the 46 second mark. What do you think, a 1 series facelift prototype or just a fuzzy shot of a normal 1 series?

  2. J.T. says:

    This makes me sad

  3. T. says:

    All prototypes and cars used in marketing either film or photography are destroyed after they have served their purpose.
    These models used in marketing are very first examples off the production line .
    They are built to perfection to test the production but they are not resold.

    Cars used in the media marketing are the some of the first production examples after the FEP prototypes as a marketing shoot can take over a few months and visit several continents to reflect the purpose of the car.

  4. sg says:

    @Bryce: looks like a series 3 convertible to me?
    the grey one which is damaged on the left side?

  5. sg says:

    silver – not grey :-)

  6. Giom says:

    I knew someone that worked at BMW a few years ago, and, the one time he picked me up in an E32 V8 7 series. This car was shocking in that it had rattles and sqeeks and interior panels missing. I then learned that this was the car they had used for development locally.

    Trust me, you don’t want these cars!

  7. Bryce says:

    @sg: yeah, I thought so too at first. Then I looked up some photos of the 3 convertible online and I’m thinking that it’s too short to be a 3 convertible. After looking at it a couple times it looks to me like maybe a prototype 1-series hardtop convertible. The sharp angle of the c-pillar might be throwing me off, though. It’s probably a 3-convertible but it sure looks a lot like a 1 to me.

  8. L1ndja says:

    I think that they make use of them even when they destroy them..So by recycling them im sure you can have a new car :P

  9. c.o says:

    oh no i couldent work there tooo sad :(

  10. badger says:

    wait so when BMW builds new test mules they dont for example incude leather seats or the idrive? cause in the end it would all be destoried/ recycled right?

  11. badger says:

    btw this is a really cool video. never knew what happned to mules :D

  12. sg says:

    @Bryce: I see what you mean. But the X5 for example looks short to me too – so maybe it has something to do with the ratio of the video.
    Dont you think there would be more of this freaky camouflage on it, if they would test a hardtop on a series 1?

  13. dusan says:


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