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.