2011 Bmw M3 Pickup: the best April Fools prank ever

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 1, 2011

BMW has provided images and several details of the M3 pickup. In the last few weeks, the BMW M3 pick-up was seen at the Nurburgring a few times. BMW asserted that it has had extensive tests and that it has been designed to offer a familiar M driving experience.

The same 4.0-litre V8 engine is at the front of the car, capable of delivering 414bhp at 8300rpm and 295lb ft at 3900rpm as the rest of the M3 range. A six-speed manual gearbox distributes power to the rear wheels. Performance figures weren’t revealed yet but BMW asserts that it has reached a top speed of 186mph (300km/h) in runs at the Nurburgring.

Even with the significant changes at the rear especially to its suspension, the M3 pick-ups still weighs 50kg less than the 1885kg kerb weight of the M3 convertible. During the wind tunnel tests, the pick-up did just as well as the M3 Coupe.

The M3 pick-up is also highly practical. The maximum load capacity was increased to 450kg and for the first time ever, an M3 has a trailer tow hitch. The cargo area is covered in aluminum sheeting and up to 20 golf bags can be stored.

Its cabin is similar to that of the standard M3, featuring M-badged sports leather seats, steering wheel and gearlever. It also has a special badge to celebrate the project on a carbonfibre strip on the dashboard.

In addition, it has been equipped with a removable targa roof that weighs 20kg less and when it is taken out, the center of gravity is lowered. BMW asserts that it has met all the requirements so that the pick-up can be used legally on the road, meaning that it has been categorized officially to be a truck.

Press Release

Unique: BMW M GmbH develops the world's fastest pickup

Drive and suspension technology from the BMW M3 – comprehensive testing completed on the Nürburgring- Nordschleife – 420 hp and 450 kg load capacity – world premiere on 1 April 2011.

Munich. Following the BMW M3 Coupé, BMW M3 Convertible and BMW M3 Sedan, a fourth body variant of this globally successful high-performance sports car is about to cause a stir. Under the strictest secrecy, the world's first high-performance pickup has been created at the BMW M GmbH development centre. The sportiest example by far in this vehicle category, the BMW M3 Pickup will fire the imaginations of all motorists with a deep appreciation of top performance matched by a keen practical bent.

309 kW/420 hp under the bonnet and a rear-axle load capacity of up to 450 kilos take the hallmark BMW M relationship between race-oriented driving pleasure and everyday utility to an entirely new level. This unique vehicle has already completed extensive test and set-up drives on the Nürburgring's Nordschleife in advance of its global unveiling on 1 April 2011.

With this vehicle, BMW M GmbH once again furnishes evidence of its exceptional competence in developing and building high-grade, individual dream cars. With a high-revving V8 engine at the front, a generously sized load area behind and a removable Targa roof above, driver and passengers in the BMW M3 Pickup will relish an unprecedented take on the familiar M feeling. Yet this spectacular new development is unmistakably recognisable as a member of the BMW M3 model family. Corroborating this kinship are not just the inimitable power of the engine, but also fine-tuned aerodynamics and a tailored suspension set-up. Measurements in the wind tunnel at the BMW Group's Aerodynamic Test Centre showed a Cd factor on a par with that of the BMW M3 Coupé. Like every BMW M model, the BMW M3 Pickup has also demonstrated its dynamic potential on the North Loop of the Nürburgring. Official lap times have not yet been released, but the needle in the dial vouched for a top speed of 300 km/h.

The kerb weight of the world's fastest pickup undercuts that of the BMW M3 Convertible by around 50 kilograms. Removing the Targa roof shaves off a further 20 kg while at the same time lowering the car's centre of gravity. This most unusual experience of top-down driving pleasure in a BMW M3 thus goes hand in hand with further optimised dynamic handling.

The practical features of the BMW M3 Pickup are no less impressive. Maximum load capacity has been raised to 450 kilograms. The load bed of the BMW M3 Pickup is clad in high-grade structured aluminium sheeting and provides the biggest cargo capacity ever offered on a BMW M vehicle. In terms of the unit of measurement generally applied to premium automobiles, that gives the loading area of the BMW M3 Pickup the capacity to carry up to 20 standard 46-inch golf bags. What's more, the BMW M3 Pickup is the first BMW M3 variant in the 25-year-plus history of this model range to come with a trailer tow hitch.

Notwithstanding these unquestionable stand-out qualities, the BMW M3 Pickup will not be heading for the golf course or series development, but will retain its status as an exclusive one-off. It is earmarked for use as a workshop transport vehicle for BMW M GmbH. With this in mind, the current BMW M3 Pickup – unlike a similar predecessor built back in the 1980s – has gone through the requisite procedures to earn its road certification. Which makes it officially a truck – but one that puts a whole new spin on the meaning of the word.

Topics: bmw, bmw m3, pickup truck

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