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LupiniPower Makes BMW M3 Pickup Rival: SuperUte

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On: Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 9:57AM | By: Chris Weiss


LupiniPower Makes BMW M3 Pickup Rival: SuperUte

It looks like the joke is on BMW once again. Not only did the car paparazzi ruin BMW's big April Fool's prank (the M3 pickup), but now LupiniPower, a South African tuner, has used that model as a jumping point to advertise its own juiced-up pickup car: a supercharged pickup called the Chevy SuperUte SS. The car is more powerful than the M3, though probably not as luxurious inside.

LupiniPower's head honcho Michele Lupini repurposes the M3 prank-pickup: "It is hugely gratifying to note that M has taken note of a need for such top-end pick-up vehicles, although we do also need to point out that SuperUte is certainly no joke—our development cycle is now close to being completed and we'll soon be ready to deliver."

Lupini's car features a supercharged 6.0-liter V8 that spits out 535 horses (121 more than the M3 pickup) and 590 lb-ft of torque. Other upgrades include 20-inch wheels rolled in Bridgestone Potenza RE050 ultra-high performance tires, bigger front disc brakes, and tuned suspension.

The car hits 60 mph in under 5 seconds and 100 mph in 9.9, all while hauling a small apartment worth of junk in the back. Well, I suppose you wouldn't hit those acceleration times with a full bed, but you get the picture.

While quick, the tuned Ute isn't quite up to challenging the M3 pickup for the BMW-designated title of world's fastest. Its 175 mph top speed is certainly respectable, but it falls short of the M3's claimed 186 mph top speed. Then again, considering that just about everything about the M3 pickup was a joke, I'm not sure we trust that number.

It seems Lupini wouldn't mind racing it out to declare an official winner. Michele Lupini takes the opportunity to goad BMW: "As huge BMW M fans, we'd love to see an M3 Pickup as our SuperUte's only real market rival."

That's a slap in the face with a glove if I've ever read one.

While BMW is unlikely to respond with a production M3 pickup, a limited number of customers will be able to buy the SuperUte SS for a price of $91,500.


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