BMW i7's personalised plate

A BMW i7 with a personalised plate. Images: Facebook

‘PUTIN’: A BMW i7’s personalised plate leaves SA in awe [photo]

Social media was abuzz after a photo of a BMW i7 with a personalised number plate written ‘PUTIN’ made rounds on social media.

BMW i7's personalised plate

A BMW i7 with a personalised plate. Images: Facebook

No doubt South Africans have a sense of humour regarding personalised number plates. A sleek BMW i7 is topping trends after its personalised plate made rounds on social media.

Over the years, several customised plates have set social media abuzz, but this one seems more epic to BMW lovers.

Petrolheads took it to Facebook to gush over a BMW i7 with a plate written PUTIN. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is the president of Russia. The former intelligence officer and head of state is considered one of the most powerful presidents in the world.

After all, it seems the owner likened his BMW to Putin, the Russian president. The car has a top speed of 240km/h and can accelerate from 100km/h in 4.7 seconds.

BMW i7's personalised plate
A BMW i7 with a personalised plate. Images: Facebook

The photo of the personalised plate, registered under Western Cape, has been making rounds on social media since it dropped. The photo has gained thousands of comments and reactions since it dropped on Facebook.

Here are some comments that flooded social media against the post. A Facebook user commented, “You can auction that plate for a billion dollars.” Another user posted, “The current world’s best president, President Putin. “These latest sedan big cars give me heart attacks. I love these designs,” said another user.

However, let’s dive into some personalised number plates that have topped trends in recent years. No doubt those one-liners often trend on social media. After all, a giggle in traffic is obvious.

  • A Lamborghini registered under Gauteng – PAID CASH.
  • An Audi S6 registered under KwaZulu-Natal – SND NUDES
  • No doubt a Mustang with a personalised plate – NO WIFE left many in stitches.
  • A Mercedes-Benz CLK with a personalised number plate – BROKE


Personalisation of plates in South Africa is synch. However, personalised plates are subject to approval from MEC. Prices differ from province to province, but reports have it that it costs around R1 500. The fee can be less if you opt for fewer characters.

However, you can use no more than seven characters on a personalised plate. According to reports, a Western Cape plate with six characters will cost around R2 000. However, a plate with four characters is around R6 000. Plates with alpha-numeric characters (numbers and letters) cost at least R10 000.

One should have completed and submitted the SLN1 when applying for a special plate.