• Mar 15, 2011
BMW M3 pickup spy shots - Click above for high-res image gallery

There aren't words to convey just how happy this makes us. With Spring officially licking at the sanctified asphalt of the Nürburgring, testing season has kicked into high gear. Our elite squad of spy photographers has set up camp to take in the action and happened to catch this bizarre beastie obliterating its tires amongst a herd of other BMW mules. As you might expect, there's exactly zero information on the machine other than it looks for all the world to be an M3 pickup.

Trust us when we say that we're going to sleep more soundly tonight knowing that somewhere in the world, this creation exists.

We have no idea what the BMW engineers are up to with this one, though we love the idea of an M3-powered spiritual successor to the El Camino throne (bonus points for the camouflage as racing stripes motif, too). Assumed to have the same 4.0-liter V8 found in the nose of the current M3, this beast should be be good for 414 horsepower – perfect for making lickety-split runs to the hardware store.

We'd sell a passel of vital organs for a little seat time in this thing, even if it does simply turn out to be an early April Fool's joke. The shots are real, so perhaps BMW's design team are just blowing off some steam, or readying a one-off for Europe's tuner extravaganza of choice, the Essen Motor Show?



[Source: KGP Photography]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      SO


      MUCH


      WIN

      this is making me smile so big right now. call me an urban redneck.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They are probably just testing a convertible version of the m3. They simply enclosed the driving area of the convertible.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Im gonna establish a new company : "REAL FAST Courier". And buy a handful of these.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks clear to me that there's a parting line above the windshield and a split in the side window weatherstripping at the top of the windshield. Also, part of the "B-pillar" is tape over the side glass to make it look more like a pick up cab. Both of these things indicate to me that this is actually a convertable that's cleverly disguised, as others have suggested.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sadly, part of me is hoping this is real.

      The other part of me is also hoping that the carbon fiber B-pillar structure is actually CF and is being tested for rigidity and thats it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well there ye go!.............Should be a big seller in Texas......

      ;0)
      • 3 Years Ago
      This has to be some kind of mule to test wait distribution or a new top opening system. Those are the only reasonable explanations I can think of.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nothing more than an elaborate disguise for a convertible (with truck - like top temporarily installed to fool the cameras) or a roadster wearing said truck - like top and M3 skin.

      There is nothing truck about it. That is a car.

      Automakers traditionally rely on stickers or material coverings to camoflauge the car. Here, it would seems that BMW simply took it one step further.

      My hypothesis is that it's a drop-top. I don't see any mullet-wearers buying a Bimmer just to roll around in an El Camino wannabe.

      Convertible in testing. Must be a major deal to warrant that kind of camo.
        • 3 Years Ago
        it's a one-off parts hauler for ZTechnik or another BMW motorcycle accessory builder that's used just around the compound. Got that info from Jalopnik.

        http://jalopnik.com/#!5782213
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bet that thing would give an XR8 or SS a run for its money assuming it has the right powerplant under the hood (and from what I know, the M3 engine is most definatly the right powerplant :)

      • 3 Years Ago
      Surely you can't be serious
        • 3 Years Ago
        They might be...but don't call them Shirley.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Take a deep breath everyone...she's only a one off.
      http://jalopnik.com/#!5782213
      • 3 Years Ago
      I didn't read through the posts but this is obviously a convertible m3 camoflauged to look like a truck. You guys crack me up
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yep, that was my first thought as well. Likely a M3 spyder/convertible with the key structural bits conveniently hidden under the bed cover. The roof and B-pillar may be purely cosmetic for the added 'truck' effect.

        Extra marks for creativity, BMW, for combining a good camo job and attracting some extra attention at the same time.
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