The BMW M3 pickup truck was a bizarre concept
When you hear Bmw and pick it up together, in one sentence, most of us are empty. But once there was a BMW pickup, more like a BMW M3 pickup which was weird in more ways than one. But before we get into the BMW M3 van, let’s talk about BMW, as a company.
BMW says its name means pleasure to drive, but the initials mean Bayerische Motoren Werke GmbH, which in English means Bavarian Engine Works Company. The origins of BMW can be traced back to the manufacture of aircraft engines. But after World War II, after the fall of Germany, BMW could no longer manufacture aircraft engines. So they switched to train brakes and engines, even briefly changing the name to BFW before it reverted to BMW. March 7, 1916 is considered the official anniversary of BMW.
In 1923, BMW produced its first motorcycle, the R32. But it took years before he made his first car. The BMW 3/15 was the company’s first car, first sold under the Dixi name from 1927 to 1929, before finally being called BMW in 1929. But it was the BMW 303 of 1933 that won introduced the kidney-shaped grille synonymous with the brand today.
The BMW M3 finally saw the light of day in 1986, almost 60 years after BMW made its very first car. And then BMW decided to make the M3 pickup truck as well. But let’s take a look at the BMW M3 first.
The history of the BMW M3
In the 1980s, BMW wanted a track car that could decimate the DTM, and it had to meet FIA Group A regulations. Which meant they couldn’t manufacture a single car, but rather 5,000 of them to meet homologation requirements. So they made the very first M3, based on the E30 and a legend was born.
While the M3 was built on the E30 chassis, most of the time everything was changed on the car. It was made more aerodynamic and special body panels replaced those of the E30 for better speed. The real magic was under the hood, where the M3 got a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine known as the BMW S14, which was based on the M1 engine but got the four-cylinder block from the M10. Minus a catalytic converter, the BMW M3 introduced in 1986 produced 197 horsepower and hit 0-60 MPH in under seven seconds at a top speed of 146 MPH.
Such was the reception of this sports car that the BMW M3 name is alive and well to this day, in far too many trims and special editions to follow. And somewhere in between was the BMW M3 pickup truck, made by BMW itself, for personal use.
The story behind the BMW M3 pickup truck
When the BMW E30 M3 was made, BMW was quite impressed with itself and the BMW M division. The M3 was strong and sturdy, so much so that many of the brains who made it thought it could too. to be the perfect parts transporter. While they were tinkering with the M3, someone had the brilliant idea of making an M3 pickup, and to do this, a body from a BMW 3 series was used for the same.
Jakob Polschak, Head of Construction and Prototype Vehicle Workshops at BMW M Division, explained: “The convertible body was chosen as the basis for two reasons. First of all, we happened to have such a model at our disposal and in perfect condition. And second, the convertible’s built-in braces made it the perfect choice for a pickup conversion.
And so, in 1986 itself, BMW M3 pickup truck was born. If the BMW M3 pickup truck looks narrower than the M3 of its day, it’s because it wore the narrower 3-series body and initially had a smaller engine that made 192 horsepower. Later, it housed the 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine developing 200 horsepower. The BMW M3 pickup truck went to work in the plant of the M division, skillfully transporting M3 parts.
Born in 1986, the BMW M3 pickup truck did its job for 26 long years, only to retire in 2012. And BMW refuses to call the M3 pickup truck a gimmick. Instead, he believes that such purpose-built high-performance versions bring the BMW M philosophy to life. Plus, they’re a great way to train new hires and trainees.
The second avatar 2011 of the BMW M3 pickup
After 26 years of dedicated service, the BMW M3 pickup truck was at its end of the line. So it was time for a successor. Again, the same formula was applied. The interior of an M3 was merged with the body of a then-3 Series, but this time there was a twist. As April 1 approached, BMW decided to play a trick and market the vehicle as a prank, an April Fool’s joke. Photos of the spy of the truck around the Nürburgring Nordschleife have been leaked to the public.
The media took the bait and advertised the BMW M3 pickup truck as a “fourth bodied variant” after the sedan, coupe and convertible. But BMW’s press release revealed in the last paragraph that this model was a one-off model intended for factory use, just like its predecessor. It stands to reason that press releases should be read to the end, lest you miss the fine print. Or in this case, the joke. But April fools aside, the BMW M3 pickup truck, both the 1986 variant and the 2011 variant, is a bizarre concept to which we take our hat off. And wanting in our driveway.
Sources: Bloomberg, MotorTrend, PressBMWGroup
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