BMW X7 pick-up truck designed by students

Based on BMW's flagship SUV, the X7 pick-up features a teak-lined load bed and seating for five adults (plus one motorcycle)

BMW has commissioned a bespoke X7 pick-up truck for its annual motorcycle summit, BMW Motorrad Days. The concept was built over the course of ten months by a team of twelve apprentices, who outfitted it with adjustable suspension and a custom load bed, suitable for transporting the BMW F 850 GS Touring Motorcycle.

A X7 development mule destined for the scrap heap served as the project’s donor car. The apprentices started by removing its rear cabin, replacing it with a handmade, teak and carbon fibre lined load bed, complete with 3D-printed trim strips, bespoke grab-handles and motorcycle tie-down points. The body work is finished in exclusive Tanzanite Blue paint.

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Due to its missing panelling, and the use of carbon fibre reinforced plastic on its roof, rear doors and rear tailgate, the X7 pick-up truck is around 200kg lighter than the standard SUV. Its bed can also accommodate loads 140cm in length or, with the rear tailgate open, loads of up to 200cm.

It’s powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six petrol, with 335bhp and 450Nm of torque which, like the standard X7, is fed to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. BMW hasn’t quoted any official performance figures but, due to the weight saving, we expect a sub-six second 0–62 mph time, improving over the standard car’s 6.1 second effort.

Despite the concept being fully functional and completely road-legal, BMW has no plans to put the X7 pick-up truck into production.

Now read about the apprentice built Skoda Mountiaq pick-up truck. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below…

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