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The Workhorse Not-So-Minivan
After a decade on the market, General Motor’s “mid-size” vans received their one and only update for the 1996 model year. The short wheelbase version of the van was dropped this year and styling was modified to better resemble the larger full-size GM vans. Base model Astros/Safaris featured a utilitarian front end complete with sealed beam headlights while higher trim models featured a more modern look with stacked horizontal headlights.
Studie AG is one of the rare but well-known Japanese tuners that specialize in European vehicles, more specifically BMWs. Over the past decade Studie AG has customized a huge range of BMWs, from vibrant to subtle, race cars to street cars. Their newest creation is a 2010 BMW 5-Series GT that has received a flat green ‘Safari’ theme.
The BMW F07 Safari was introduced at the 2010 BMW Familie event, sporting an interesting theme to the entire project. The exterior received a treatment from AC Schnitzer, which was slightly modified to incorporate LEDs in the front. The stock wheels were quickly dumped for AC Schnitzer’s Type IV wheels, measuring in at 19×8.5-inch and 19×9.5-inch. (19s never looked so small).
To complement the flat green exterior, white decals were added giving the project more of a military/camo style to go with the Safari theme. We’re actually digging the fact that Studie AG didn’t lower the car to its bumpers, further reflecting the Safari theme.
GALLERY: Studie AG BMW 5-Series GT Safari
[Source: Jon Sibal]