Muscle cars are perhaps the cars that best represent the American automotive industry, but pickups have also contributed over the years to BMW has built several concept cars inspired by these work vehicles.
BMW M3 E30 PICK-UP
In 1986, the employees of the German company's Motorsport department had a M3 E30 convertible available and decided to convert it to a pick-up version during their free time.
Equipped with a S14 2.3 16V four-cylinder engine with a power of 200 hp with 230 Nm of torque managed by a five-speed manual gearbox and combined with the rear-wheel drive, the car had in the rear section a load compartment covered in aluminum with a capacity of storage up to 400 kg.
The vehicle was used to transport components to the Garching factory until 2012, when it was replaced with an updated version.
Promotional Video of the BMW M3 E30 Pick-Up
BMW M3 E92 PICK-UP
In fact, that year the German technicians made a new version derived from the M3 E92 Cabrio and equipped with a 450 kg load compartment covered in aluminum.
Tested at the Nurburgring, the car became one of the fastest pick-ups in the world thanks to the 420 hp V8 4.0 32V engine managed by a six-speed automatic transmission and combined with the rear-wheel drive that allowed it to reach the maximum speed of 305 km/h.
Promotional video of the BMW M3 E92 Pick-Up
BMW X7 PICK-UP
The last pick-up built by the Bavarian company dates back to July this year and is based on a new generation BMW X7.
Designed by the trainees of the BMW Group in collaboration with the Concept Vehicle Construction and Model Technology divisions in the BMW plant in Munich, the vehicle has a load compartment covered in hand-worked teak wood with a glossy finish in the rear section.
Lighter than 200 kg compared to the standard model, the BMW X7 Pick-Up is equipped with a 3.0 24V 3.0-liter hexacylinder engine managed by an eight-speed automatic transmission and combined with all-wheel drive.
From the power of 340 hp with torque of 450 Nm, the propulsion unit guarantees the pick-up a maximum speed of 250 km / h with acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.9 seconds.
Description of the BMW X7 Pick-Up
The mass production of these vehicles has never been approved, but how many would have liked to have acquired a copy?
Thank you to Valentina Zanola for the cooperation