I walk past a black BMW 5 Series every day. It’s parked along a route in my neighborhood where I walk my dog. The car always catches my eye. Not because it’s some crazy top-spec M5. Rather because the standard model badges have been removed and replaced with a simple F10 badge on the back. For those not aware, F10 is the generation code for the 6th-generation BMW 5 Series sedan. If you’re a BMW fanperson, you’ll understand referring to the car as an F10. If you’re anything else, the practice seems odd.
Other makes or models that get the same treatment fall into the BMW camp. There are lots of references to E30s, E36s, and so much more. Mercedes-Benz fans do this as well, but not as aggressively. Porsche drivers call it out too, and there it makes good sense since it would be easy to confuse 911 models if you’re not totally invested in the brand.
What other enthusiast camps are obsessed with automaker generational codes? And do you find the practice totally normal or a bit oddball? Sound off below.