Back in 2008, PGA Tour golfer Stuart Appleby had his E39 BMW M5 turned into a ute by Australian custom shop Southern Rod.
We dig the finished product, and we dig that Appleby doesn't care what people think of it. Along the way, the car got a sport suspension to go along with the 460-horsepower engine, thanks to a chip, headers and exhaust.
After hearing it, I don't care.Yea, but you have to wonder how that handles. Weight distribution would be shot to hell.
Despite substantial modifications at the rear, in particular to the suspension, the M3 pick-ups still weighs in 50kg under the M3 convertible’s 1885kg kerb weight. Wind tunnel tests have also revealed the pick-up to be as slippery as an M3 Coupe.
The M3 pick-up boasts high levels of practicality to match the performance. The maximum load capacity has been raised to 450kg and a trailer tow hitch features on an M3 for the first time. The cargo area is clad in aluminum sheeting and it is capable of storing up to 20 golf bags.
It also comes with a removable targa roof that sheds a further 20kg and lowers the center of gravity when it is removed.
BMW claims to have gone through all the necessary requirements to make the pick-up legal for road, which has led to it officially being classified as a truck.
No idea, but I would buy one just for the fun if I had the money to.Is there really a market segment for truck drivers who want a luxury sports car too?
Is there really a market segment for truck drivers who want a luxury sports car too?
It's a special one-off M vehicle that's not meant for production. I bet it would sell well in Australia because they have a lot of these types of vehicles.No idea, but I would buy one just for the fun if I had the money to.
Ok, that I could see. It just seems like making truck part of it better (i.e. increased capacity in both size and weight) goes against making the sports car part better (weight, balance) and vice versa.It's a special one-off M vehicle that's not meant for production. I bet it would sell well in Australia because they have a lot of these types of vehicles.