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Spied At The Ring: BMW M3 Pickup, Huh?

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On: Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 8:57AM | By: Chris Salamone

Spied At The Ring: BMW M3 Pickup, Huh?

If you haven’t already collapsed from shock, please sit down. These images may cause confusion. This seemingly El Camino-esque BMW was spotted kicking off the new testing season at Germany’s Nurburgring. For those not in the know, Nurburgring, aka ‘The Ring’, is nearly 18 miles in length and wraps around 73 turns. The Ring is the proving ground for the world’s greatest super cars, including the Porsche GT2 and, in this instance, a pickup version of some potentially future BMW M3 model. Information remains scarce, but hopefully updates are to come.

Different sources suggest different possible commercial futures for the Bimmer pickup. The vehicle could be a singular project truck to create media buzz or haul parts for BMW’s motorcycle accessories unit. Alternatively, we’ve heard rumors that the 2014 M3 would be dropping a few pounds from a V8 to a twin-turbo V6 and maybe, just maybe, the 2014 M3 could now also lose a rear end and all bearing on rationality. Whatever the case may be, this BMW pickup is awesome.

Who wouldn’t want all the function of a pickup truck packed with the heart-throbbing vigor of BMW driving mechanics? Internationally, small pickup trucks are incredibly popular in parts of Asia and it makes good business sense to target developing markets for new luxury vehicles. Perhaps BMW is actually testing the vehicle for a real production run. At this stage, the vehicle’s future remains unclear. Assuming it has the same engine found in a 'normal' BMW M3, a 4.0 liter V8, we can all dream about how dangerously amusing driving a rear-wheel drive sports pickup with 414 horsepower would be.

Hopefully, the color options will include bright orange or yellow with all kinds of racing-stripe options. Wood paneling for the trunk wouldn’t hurt either.

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