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      12-18-2021, 02:35 PM   #1
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Blues Comparison: Portimao vs Tanzanite vs San Marino

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Hey new member here. I am considering ordering a new G80, and have always loved blues especially on an M car. A local dealership happens to have recent examples of Portimao, Tanzanite, and San Marino, so I thought I would go check them out.

Unfortunately the weather today is cloudy and rainy, so keep that in mind. Probably none of the cars were "at their best".

I think it really is true that you have to see these colors in person to really decide your preferences. I expected to like San Marino the best, but in person I preferred Tanzanite by a pretty big margin actually. In the pictures I took though, I think Tanzanite doesn't look as good - too dark. I think Portimao looks the best in photos.

Also, they had some other M3/4s there, and I have to say Brooklyn Grey looks really good in person, especially with the extended shadowline.

Anyway, here is Portimao, which I think looks the best in photos. (The sky wasn't quite as dark either, which probably helps.)
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This is a 2018 M3 CS:
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Tanzanite:

I really liked the shadowline lights on the TBII
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I'm going with TBII this time around for my M4x, but I will always have a special place in my heart for SMB which I had with one of my M3CS
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I don't know what it is about BMWs and blue, but it gets me every time!
My M3 in Portimao is due within a few days, but every time I see San Marino I think I should've gone Individual...
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I don't know what it is about BMWs and blue, but it gets me every time!
My M3 in Portimao is due within a few days, but every time I see San Marino I think I should've gone Individual...
BMW makes the best blues. They're just so good.

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Here's TB II on a sunny delivery day at the Performance Center last week (and the following cloudy morning).

You're right: under overcast days the blue highlights disappear and overall it appears midnight blue. But that's one thing I like about the color -- it keeps its secrets till the lighting and angle are right. And then -- pow!
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I'm going with TBII this time around for my M4x, but I will always have a special place in my heart for SMB which I had with one of my M3CS
SMB is such a gorgeous color! When the local dealer had an F1x M6 in that color on the showroom floor a few years back, I just got lost staring at its hood contours.

I grappled over whether to order a quasi- or full-fat Individual color, and I ultimately drew the line and chose the former. Had I gone full Individual, SMB was among my top 3 choices. (The others were variations of blue.)
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I just wish BMW made San Marino Blue available on any model. This color deserves every accolade.
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I'm going with TBII this time around for my M4x, but I will always have a special place in my heart for SMB which I had with one of my M3CS
I see you like your BMWs. 19 total?
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SMB will always be my favorite, a bit biased haha. It's gorgeous in every condition besides cloudy of course. Very vibrant when it's clean. It's definitely not a lowkey color and will get looks when the sun hits it a certain way 🙂
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I just wish BMW made San Marino Blue available on any model. This color deserves every accolade.
It's available on any vehicle with individual paints from the X2 and up and 2 series GC (not the 2 coupe yet) and up. Of course, for a price.
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I just wish BMW made San Marino Blue available on any model. This color deserves every accolade.
I actually like that it's individual. I don't know how I'd feel seeing a bunch of SMBs around town, so I prefer the specialty of it all. When I do I see another one drive in town, I do get a bit giddy inside.
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Tanzanite looks soooo good
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Here's TB II on a sunny delivery day at the Performance Center last week (and the following cloudy morning).

You're right: under overcast days the blue highlights disappear and overall it appears midnight blue. But that's one thing I like about the color -- it keeps its secrets till the lighting and angle are right. And then -- pow!
Carbon Black almost shows that much blue in the light. I feel like TBII sometimes shares similar tones but with more Blue compared to CB, both are beautiful colors.
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My G80 is PB, and my X3 M40 is Tanzanite. SMB is my favorite, but PB is a pretty good approximation for 4,500 less.

Tanzanite looks great on the X3, but it's dark and needs to be clean or it looks black. Much better than carbon black though - the blue here shines through clearly.

Also have a pic with Interlagos and Le Mans. I love BMW blue
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Hey new member here. I am considering ordering a new G80, and have always loved blues especially on an M car. A local dealership happens to have recent examples of Portimao, Tanzanite, and San Marino, so I thought I would go check them out.

Unfortunately the weather today is cloudy and rainy, so keep that in mind. Probably none of the cars were "at their best".

I think it really is true that you have to see these colors in person to really decide your preferences. I expected to like San Marino the best, but in person I preferred Tanzanite by a pretty big margin actually. In the pictures I took though, I think Tanzanite doesn't look as good - too dark. I think Portimao looks the best in photos.

Also, they had some other M3/4s there, and I have to say Brooklyn Grey looks really good in person, especially with the extended shadowline.

Anyway, here is Portimao, which I think looks the best in photos. (The sky wasn't quite as dark either, which probably helps.)
This is the first G83 I ever saw on the road last summer here in Belgium. Portimao blue, which is what I ordered just one week later, absolutely love this colour!!!
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I like Portimao. Tanzanite too dark and boring for my tastes.
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While Im very happy with my AR car--- I do have PB hot flashes of my prior G80 Comp:


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I wish Interlagos Blue was still an options. Best color ever
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While Im very happy with my AR car--- I do have PB hot flashes of my prior G80 Comp:


They both look great, but I gotta say I definitely prefer the wheels of your PB.
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I used to have a Tanzanite Blue in the previous gen M3.

It is a nice color, but not an exciting one. SMB wins by a mile.

Tanzanite is cheaper and is different than the standard palette. It had that going on for it. Particularly considering how awful the colors where in the past gen M3.

I currently have a MBB in my X3M and I love it. So much better than the TB in my opinion.
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