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 |  Apr 01 2011, 7:29 AM

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It would have been a great April Fool’s joke, had spy photographers not already revealed the new BMW M3 Pickup. Yes, it’s real. But no, you won’t ever be able to buy one – not unless you manage to stumble across this thing on eBay a decade from now.

Easily the best idea since the Subaru Baja (yes, that’s sarcasm) the M3 Pickup sports a diamond-plate bed out back that can hold not one, not two, but 20 golf bags. For the record that’s 19.5 more golf bags than the M3 Convertible. And because load capacity is the sort of stat everyone looks for in a truck, this M3 can handle 1,000 lbs in the bed.

Truck or not, it’s still an M3 and sports the car’s 420-hp 4.0-liter V8 engine allowed it to hit 186-mph on the Nurburgring during testing.

But there’s more to this prank than a bed out back, with a removable Targa roof that’s decidedly retro.

BMW didn’t release any fuel economy stats, but with the standard car rated at 13/20-mpg, this 420-hp sports truck gets roughly the same mpg numbers as the Ford Ranger. How’s that for a joke?

GALLERY: BMW M3 Pickup

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 |  Mar 17 2011, 2:10 PM

The excited hoardes of car-geeks who drooled over a prototype BMW M3 pickup, spied lapping the Nurburgring, will have to steel themselves for more disappointment, as Road & Track magazine confirmed that this car will not be entering production.

“BMW M did indeed create the pick-up seen on the ’Ring, but it was just an internal project, not something that is in development,” Dave Buchko, BMW’s Advanced Powertrain & Heritage Communications Manager, said to R&T. “There are no plans to produce it.”

Aside from the sheer novelty of it, is there any reason to really lust after an M3 pick-up? The sedan, coupe and convertible provide a good range of bodystyles, and frankly, the only people that would be interest in an M3 pickup wouldn’t have the funds to purchase one.

[Source: Road & Track]

 |  Mar 15 2011, 2:54 PM

April 1st isn’t for two more weeks and this isn’t a joke – or maybe it is.

The folks at Autoblog have obtained a series of spy photos showing what appears to be a BMW M3 pickup lapping the Nurburgring. Yes… an M3 pickup.

No details are available on the vehicle and perhaps it’ just a VERY cleverly disguised version of something else. One suggested possibility is that it’s an experimental vehicle for the Essen Motor Show. That would make sense, with Essen being Germany’s version of SEMA. (Is that Funk Master Flex behind the wheel?)

Hit the link below to see all the pics.

[Source: Autoblog]