BMW M3 pick-up (2011) spy photos

Published: 16 March 2011

This, believe it or not, is a pick-up version of the BMW M3. Our spies have just snapped it testing at the Nurburgring, but it's not the first M3 pick-up either...

Is it test mule for the next-gen BMW M3?

Good question, but unfortunately not. Sadly, it’s not a production car either – BMW hasn’t produced a Touring version of the current M3 because it didn’t think there would be enough demand, and there certainly wouldn’t be for this pick-up version either.

Instead, this M3 pick-up is the result of M Division's engineers asking 'what if?'. Apparently it started as an after-hours project, and although there are no current plans for production, we hear the Z3 M Coupe started its life the same way...

This M3 pick-up isn't the first M3 pick-up built by M Division either. When CAR visited M HQ back in 2007 the engineers had a battered 1980s 3-series with its rear-end chopped up to form a pick-up bed, and under the skin was the four-cylinder engine from an E30 M3 and the requisite limited slip diff. Our guide, workshop boss Jakob Polschak, mimed a few opposite-lock heroics, before an engineer threw some rubbish in the back, fired it up and headed off to the tip...

With BMW being media savvy, it's not surprising that the car has appeared at the 'Ring, even if the 3M-supplied disguise does little to hide what this car is.

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By Ben Pulman

CAR's editor-at-large, co-ordinator, tallboy