Exclusive Photos: BMW M3 Pickup (Ute) and older photos of M5 Ute

BMW M3 | March 18th, 2011 by 14
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We got our hands on some exclusive photos of the BMW M3 pickup. First, no, it is not going in production (like any confirmation was …

We got our hands on some exclusive photos of the BMW M3 pickup. First, no, it is not going in production (like any confirmation was even needed) and second, yes, it is the same vehicle spotted two days ago at Nurburgring that created lots of buzz on the interwebs.

The M3 pickup or Ute as our Aussies friends like to call to it, is a one-off parts hauler for ZTechnik or another BMW motorcycle accessory builder. What really has thrown off a lot of people was the funky BMW camouflage usually used on test mules, but this time around, probably just a prank to create publicity.

Those of you that indeed are looking for an ///M Ute, you might have to look in Down Under where in 2008, Stuart Appleby, an Australian native, decided to take on an interesting project: to convert a BMW E39 M5 into an ute, short for coupe utility. The “ute” had always been an Australian icon and it was extremely popular back in the 70s.

Exclusive Photos: BMW M3 Pickup (Ute) and older photos of M5 Ute

The project debuted in 2005 and had its official debut in New South Wales at the Deniliquin Ute Muster. Stuart was saying at the time that  the M5’s tuned 4.9-liter V8 could make as much as 460 horsepower.

On his m5ute.com website, Stuart talks a bit more in detail about this project.

Exclusive Photos: BMW M3 Pickup (Ute) and older photos of M5 Ute

So those of you looking for an M3 or M5 pickup, the above projects could serve as a starting point.

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