We can expect some pretty elaborate April Fools jokes from manufacturers today, but first prize has to go to BMW, who has actually gone to the expense of building this pick-up version of the M3.
The 414bhp truck is powered by the same 4.0-litre V8 as the coupe, and has been substantially modified at the rear – weighing in at around 50kg less than the M3 convertible.
Consequently, we’d expect the M3 Ute to be as tail happy as a muddy puppy. Practical though – BMW says the load capacity has been upped to 450kg and the cargo area is covered in metal sheeting for those heavy loads.
It also gets a targa top to cover the load space (and improve aerodynamics) but this can be removed. The pick-up is also the only M3 model to come with a trailer hitch.
The interior should be familiar to anyone acquainted with the standard car, although BMW has added a special badge to commemorate the project on the dashboard.
With testing conducted at the Nurburgring (where BMW claims it has seen 186mph on the speedo) the pick-up is clearly destined for slightly more than just an April 1 jape.
Apparently, with road legal status already in the bag, BMW’s M division will now use the car as workshop transport. But expect to see journalists lining up for a spin in the not too distant future.
BMW M3 Pickup Truck Concept: