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      10-06-2017, 09:51 PM   #1
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BMW L Versions

I am here in China on holidays now and see 3 series and 5 series with L designation I.E. 520LI

I asked and been told this is extended rear passager space. I think it's exclusive for Chinese market. Anyone can find spec deminsions ?

Also Audi have same thing.

PS: we are been driven in 520I here which is seen less of because L are more popular.
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See quite a few 7 series L versions about. As you say, just extra leg room for rear passengers.

L stands for limousine
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It is my understanding that the L versions for Audi and BMW, other than the A8 and 7 series, are for the Chinese markets only.

Not sure why, the average height of a German man is 5 feet 11, in China it's 5 feet 7. Maybe it's some elaborate German micky take. If not, what are they doing back there?

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It is my understanding that the L versions for Audi and BMW, other than the A8 and 7 series, are for the Chinese markets only.

Not sure why, the average height of a German man is 5 feet 11, in China it's 5 feet 7. Maybe it's some elaborate micky take. If not, what are they doing back there?
They just like more space, more comfort. I am not sure if that means that the driver's seat can also extend further, I don't think so.
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In the UK you get the L in 7 series but the 3GT is based on the L 3 platform- not sure if that is the case for the 6GT too - the 5GT was based on the 7 standard platform - I guess the EU market needs the higher roofline to go with more legroom (I know I do)...
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It seems to have more to do with perceived status/style than any need for the space.

Perhaps similar to large alloys being more popular in the UK than mainland Europe, despite our roads being terrible by European standards.
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It is my understanding that the L versions for Audi and BMW, other than the A8 and 7 series, are for the Chinese markets only.

Not sure why, the average height of a German man is 5 feet 11, in China it's 5 feet 7. Maybe it's some elaborate German micky take. If not, what are they doing back there?
It's because many Chinese bmw drivers sit in the back and are driven by an employee.
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It is my understanding that the L versions for Audi and BMW, other than the A8 and 7 series, are for the Chinese markets only.

Not sure why, the average height of a German man is 5 feet 11, in China it's 5 feet 7. Maybe it's some elaborate German micky take. If not, what are they doing back there?
It's because many Chinese bmw drivers sit in the back and are driven by an employee.
Yep, and even where there are minimum wages it?s only about 200pm so easy to see how so many can afford to hire a full time driver!
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Yep, and even where there are minimum wages it?s only about 200pm so easy to see how so many can afford to hire a full time driver!
Indeed.

This is quite different from Norfolk, where the owner drives the car, and the sheep take the back seat
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It is my understanding that the L versions for Audi and BMW, other than the A8 and 7 series, are for the Chinese markets only.

Not sure why, the average height of a German man is 5 feet 11, in China it's 5 feet 7. Maybe it's some elaborate German micky take. If not, what are they doing back there?
It's because many Chinese bmw drivers sit in the back and are driven by an employee.
Surely sitting in the back and being driven, defeats the purpose of buying a BMW?
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Surely sitting in the back and being driven, defeats the purpose of buying a BMW?
No. It's the prestige they want.
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Surely sitting in the back and being driven, defeats the purpose of buying a BMW?
No. It's the prestige they want.
Surely they need a Golf L then with its jewel like interior?
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Surely they need a Golf L then with its jewel like interior?
Interesting. I wasn't aware that the Golf had a "Jewel like interior". I wonder if there is someone on the forum that could elaborate?




















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just seen 320LI up close and it does not look like normal 3 series for sure, the passenger rear doors are stretched out like on coupe

Deffo ruins compact look of the 3 series
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Lots of V12s for Chinese market too. Although have seen one M760 here.
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