BMW M8 Competition Coupé in BMW Individual special paint speed yellow non-metallic

THE MASTER OF BEAUTIFUL THINGS.

BMW Individual expert Mathias Babbel meets the most extraordinary customer requirements.

THE MASTER OF BEAUTIFUL THINGS.

BMW Individual expert Mathias Babbel meets the most extraordinary customer requirements.

The master of beautiful things.BMW Individual expert Mathias Babbel meets the most extraordinary customer requirements.

BMW Individual Manufaktur offers a wide range of vehicle refinement options. Exceptionally crafted details and exclusive design options testify to BMW M GmbH's deep passion for individualisation. BMW Individual's exclusive customer advisors are on hand to provide every customer with expert and dedicated support. In the Individual Lounge at BMW Welt in Munich, they accompany the customer from the selection of the paint finish and special equipment to the implementation of unique and particularly elaborate desires. Mathias Babbel, Head of Exclusive Customer Advisory and Order Management at BMW Individual, talks about the Manufaktur‘s exclusivity and his personal enthusiasm for perfection down to the last detail.

 

BMW M8 Coupé:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 10.6 - 10.5
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 242 - 238

 

BMW M8 Competition Coupé:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 10.6
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 242

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Head of Exclusive Customer Advisory and Order Management, Mathias Babbell

Mathias Babbel

Head of Exclusive Customer Advisory and Order Management, Mathias Babbell

WHO IS WHO.

Mathias Babbel
Head of Exclusive Customer Advisory and Order Management.
Responsible for exclusive customer advice and the BMW Individual Manufaktur portfolio since 2016.

 

 

BMW M Magazine: Mathias, what’s been the most special project you’ve worked on?


Mathias Babbel: The development of the BMW Individual M850i NIGHT SKY, about whose development I could write a small book. The key here was that it was a collaborative project across all departments and people were so enthusiastic that everyone was willing to go the extra mile. Some of its design elements were not included in the original concept and were added during the development phase, like the enormously elaborate headliner – hand-sewn in our factory – or the paintwork that was applied to the vehicle during the factory holidays in Dingolfing.
Administrative departments such as purchasing and development pushed themselves to their limits in order to create this beautiful vehicle. Ultimately, it was a team building project that showed what we are capable of when everyone pulls together and is united in one purpose.
 



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What is your current favourite model and the BMW Individual equipment of your choice?


My favourite has long been the F83 (M4 convertible). Last year we built the car in matt white (Frozen White metallic) and tricolor leather. That means it was a composition of light green leather (Emerald Green light) and black opal white elements. All the accent strips and plastic elements in the interior were painted in Frozen White and almost everything else that was factory-made plastic was covered with leather.

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What is the BMW Individual highlight that everyone should know about?


The more than 130 multi-faceted paints for our models from the Bavarian factories and soon also from Spartanburg, USA. That means the 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 series and in the future also the X model range.

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The BMW M760i in BMW Individual Ametrin metallic

BMW M750Li xDrive in BMW Individual Ametrin metallic

When did your passion for BMW automobiles come to life?

 

A reminder of where it began came recently when my father sent me a photograph of my childhood bedroom: it had huge BMW posters on the wall and the rest of the room is covered with BMW stickers. I even converted my parents to the joy of the BMW brand. When I was 16, they bought their first BMW, which became mine when I was 24 – my first ‘proper’ car. Later, I bought my first new BMW: a 330i convertible of the E46 series, built on 16 March 2006, now with 55,000 kilometres on the speedometer. And – how could it be otherwise – already fitted with BMW Individual equipment. Specifically: BMW M paintwork in Carbon Black, Walknappa Champagne leather interior with bicolour steering wheel and birch anthracite wood finishes. It's still in my parents' garage and always worth a trip home for.

The car is cherished and well-maintained and is not used in winter. When it goes to the BMW workshop for a service, everyone geeks out and wants to buy the car.

 

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"BMW Individual stands for perfection in craftsmanship and maximum exclusivity. Thanks to Manufaktur's unique range, every BMW can be given its own personal character."
Markus Flasch, CEO, BMW M GmbH

How would you describe the fascination of BMW?

 

Anyone who has ever driven a BMW and developed a passion for it will never lose that feeling. This starts with the impressive dynamics, but then the entirety of the unique driving experience quickly becomes all-consuming: the straight-line performance, the steering, the engine response, the brakes – everything. You can put a BMW fan in any car and they’ll always know whether it's a BMW or not. We often say the typical indicator is the unmistakable ‘M Smile’ that is apparent on a driver’s face when they get out of the car.

 

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BMW Individual leather interior trim

Admittedly, your passion for the subject is contagious. How can a customer bring maximum individuality to their vehicle?

 

There are two options. At BMW Welt in Munich, we provide advice on paintwork, upholstery and mouldings. But if it gets more elaborate, it only works in a different, special environment. Our experts at BMW Individual Manufaktur take the time to work on exceptionally exclusive BMW and BMW M models, sometimes for months or even up to a year with the customer, defining almost every unusual wish and every detail of the vehicle – until in theory everything is individually perfected and compliance with legal requirements and regulations is ensured. This can be enormously demanding, but the intentionally easy access to the specialists at BMW Individual Manufaktur makes an incredible amount possible.

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BMW Individual colours
BMW Individual colours

DESIGN AND EXCLUSIVITY.

Anyone who thinks of BMW Individual usually has unique paint colours in mind. Who decides which paints are developed, and how do you create them?

 

The colours are developed by our design department, where there is a Colour and Trim team. Colour experts who are involved in trend research also work there. Of course, it's not only about current trends, but also about trends that are sometimes far in the future.

The requirements for the colours then come from product management. Here, for example, design is told: “We need another blue shade, and it has to be sporty and dynamic, perhaps it has to have a nuance of purple.” And then the experts start working on it.

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Logos, engravings and lettering are a way for many customers to express individuality and exclusivity – do you get a lot of requests for this?

 

Customers are very interested in individualising their vehicle – and personal engravings and embroidering work very well in achieving this. Names, customer-specific logos or the M logo, placed in particularly exposed and prominent places, are also popular options. At BMW Individual, we can meet many wishes in this regard, supporting our customers in their individual decision-making in the best possible way. And always in such a way that the unique, distinguished and sporty character of the respective vehicle is unmistakably expressed in line with the ideas of its owner.

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Exclusive interior trims with personal engraving by BMW Individual
Exclusive interior trims with personal engraving by BMW Individual

Made by BMW Individual: Exklusive Interieur- und Einstiegsleisten mit persönlichen Logos

"The customer should be proud of the car and feel that they have created something special."

A paint finish such as BMW Individual Dravite Grey metallic creates different effects depending on the light – how does this work?

 

It is a so-called changer paint. By mixing together special pigments, a unique glitter effect and an extraordinary colour brilliance are created. Depending on how the light falls on the paint finish, it is reflected differently, which changes the perceived visual impression again and again.

 

How do paints get their names? And how can BMW Individual and BMW M paints be distinguished from each other?

 

Most BMW M paints are given names of racetracks, for example Hockenheim Silver. BMW Individual paints, on the other hand, are named after gemstones, such as Ametrin metallic. In this way, a really large colour palette comes together. In total, the current BMW Individual range includes more than 130 different paint colours.

Naturally, BMW Individual customers also have the opportunity to create a unique paint for their vehicle. Such colours trade under names that do not fit into the pattern above. In addition, it is of course also possible to use paint colours from other manufacturers, such as Verde Ermes – a paint that has already been seen on one of our BMW M850i vehicles.



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BMW M850i Convertible in BMW Individual special paint Dravite Grey metallic

BMW M850i Convertible in BMW Individual special paint Dravite Grey metallic

BMW M850i Convertible in BMW Individual special paint Dravite Grey metallic

BMW M850i Convertible in BMW Individual special paint Dravite Grey metallic

Are there any differences within the models as far as the scope for individualisation is concerned?

 

In general, the majority of BMW and BMW M vehicles can be individualised. BMW M GmbH models naturally offer the greatest potential for individualisation. Sportiness and luxury complement each other greatly, especially in high-performance automobiles – meaning that sportiness does not exclude luxury. It is no longer just absolute purism that counts.


Mathias, thank you for speaking with us!

 

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BMW M5

DISCOVER BMW INDIVIDUAL.

DISCOVER BMW INDIVIDUAL.

BMW M850i xDrive:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 10.0 - 9.9
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 227 - 224

 

BMW M850i xDrive Convertible:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 10.2 - 10.0
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 231 - 228

 

BMW 750Li xDrive Limousine:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined):  9.6 - 9.5
CO2-emissions in g/km (combined): 218

 

BMW M5 Competition:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 10.6 - 10.5
CO2-emissions in g/km (combined): 241 - 238

 

BMW M8 Coupé:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 10.6 - 10.5
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 242 - 238

 

BMW M8 Competition Coupé:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 10.6
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 242

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  • The models illustrated include optional equipment.

    The values of fuel consumptions, CO2 emissions and energy consumptions shown were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers optional equipment and the different size of wheels and tires available on the selected model. 

    The values are already based on the new WLTP regulation and are translated back into NEDC-equivalent values in order to ensure the comparison between the vehicles. [With respect to these vehicles, for vehicle related taxes or other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2-emissions the CO2 values may differ to the values stated here.] 

    The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the European Regulation in its current version applicable. The values shown are based on the fuel consumption, CO2 values and energy consumptions according to the NEDC cycle for the classification. 

    For further information about the official fuel consumption and the specific CO2 emission of new passenger cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2 emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is available at all selling points and at https://www.dat.de/angebote/verlagsprodukte/leitfaden-kraftstoffverbrauch.html.

    All vehicles, equipment, combination possibilities and varieties shown here are examples and can differ in your country. In no way do they constitute a binding offer by the BMW M GmbH. Visit your local BMW website or see your authorised BMW M Retailer for accurate details on the offers in your country.