Would ute believe it! BMW has revealed this pick-up truck version of the V8-powered M3.
It uses the same 4.0-litre engine as the standard machine, sending 414bhp and 400Nm of torque straight to the rear-wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. Final performance stats haven’t yet been released, but BMW claims that despite the new bodystyle the newcomer has reached 186mph in testing.
There are performance advantages too, as the M3 pick-up has shed 50kg from its kerbweight – particularly over the rear axle, making for a more lively handling experience. The large loading bay doesn’t increase aerodynamic drag either.
Despite its utilitarian appearance, the cabin is similarly well appointed to that of the standard M3, featuring M-badged leather bucket seats, steering wheel and gearlever. It also comes with a removable targa roof that cuts an extra 20kg and lowers the centre of gravity when it is removed.
It’s more practical than the standard saloon too, and although the low suspension and 18-inch alloy wheels mean it won’t quite be at home on the farm, the M3 pick-up’s load capacity has been raised to 450kg and a trailer tow hitch – for caravans, boats, or other trailers – is an M3 first. It’s lined with lightweight aluminium, and BMW claim there’s enough space for 20 full-sized golf bags.
BMW has gone through all the necessary requirements to make the pick-up road legal, but there’s still no word yet of when a full production version will join the rest of the M3 range, although it’s unlikely to be before April 1st 2012, so patience will be required for any Mitsubishi Warrior owners keen to move upmarket.