BMW M3 Pickup is an April Fools joke - report

BMW M3 pickup testing at Nurburgring 23.03.2011
BMW M3 pickup testing at Nurburgring 23.03.2011 / Copyright: SB-Medien

Chief of product development cops to the M3 pickup being a joke

Well, we had to know that this was going to turn out to be a joke.

And in retrospect our speculation that this M3 pickup was going to be some kind of one-off vehicle used to move parts around a production facility is kind of funny. Although, what is BMW going to do with this prototype anyway?

According to Autoblog.com, BMW has copped to the M3 pickup being an April fool's joke. The model will accompany the very real M5 Concept's debut on April 1st.

Dirk Arnold, head of product development, told Autoblog.com," Ah, yes, everyone's been talking about that pickup. But, no, this is... how you call it, an April Fool's Joke...It is hugely doubtful that BMW will ever during our lives produce such a vehicle, in any segment."

Well, he didn't have to shut the door on it so hard. But it's probably the right thing to do.

BMW will premiere the M5 concept at a press event near Munich on April 1st along with a series of M3-based prototypes which have never been produced, including, of course, this El Camino-ized M3.

Interestingly, there will also be an M3 with a folding hardtop on hand. And maybe that one's got a chance at making it to production.

Source: autoblog.com

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UAE abu dhabi UAE abu dhabi
I was trying to email Alex riccuiti because i was trying to ask him to ask the bmw if they are going to sell me this M3. If some one knows him or somthing please tell him my message thank you.
Mar 24th, 2011 4:29pm
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mikemikemikemike mikemikemikemike
How exactly were you "trying" to email him? Please elaborate.
Mar 26th, 2011 3:35am
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som3aa som3aa
is it too late for bmw to say that the ugly 5-series they released last year was an april fool too and release the a new non-ugly 5-series?
Mar 24th, 2011 7:25am
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clash_189 clash_189
I think you have to wait for a couples of next april fool to get the facelifted 5-series. The design works well, nice, elegance, not too frank, calmn and it gets some understated element from E39. Afterall, it sold well
Mar 24th, 2011 2:57pm
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peterg peterg
almost as ugly as the Proton Jumbuck .....
Mar 24th, 2011 6:39am
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justanotherfan justanotherfan
Damn, I actually liked it more than the X6 or the 5gt.
Mar 24th, 2011 5:42am
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GTurbo GTurbo
M3 Maloo now has a market-gap!
Mar 24th, 2011 4:32am
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andrewB andrewB
It would be interesting to watch the HSV Maloo have a race against it.
Mar 24th, 2011 3:14am
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BavarianMS BavarianMS
Looks like all the noobs here on WCF, got fooled.
Mar 23rd, 2011 9:41pm
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DrPlacebo DrPlacebo
damnit. I could have gotten around some loopholes in my state writing it off as a utility vehicle...
Mar 23rd, 2011 9:29pm
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AlikMalix AlikMalix
I Double That!
Mar 24th, 2011 1:04am
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Devo Devo
Snif snif......... A sad day! It would have been F-in AWESOME!
Mar 23rd, 2011 7:59pm
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Since BMW has the penchant to create "niches" for its cars, I would not be surprised that this creation would come out in the near future. Even if they were going to produce it, HSV has gotten the pioneer status to build high performance pickups, which in this case the Maloo. Nevertheless, BMW is sane for not doing it.
Mar 23rd, 2011 7:56pm
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nederinaa nederinaa
The X6 M is a joke.
Mar 23rd, 2011 7:43pm
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AlikMalix AlikMalix
Well if X6 is a joke, how come Honda/Acura Crosstour and Toyota Venza copied the idea? And probably other manufacturers would if they could. I used to dreaming up cars like that on paper when I was little. BMW had the funds and the guts to build it when others only put it on paper and forget about it. And BMW M-Powered Truck wouldn't be such a joke when Ausies selling their Holden's "El Camino" like cup-cakes with a corvette engines. If anyone was to pull this off, BMW Can!
Mar 24th, 2011 1:02am
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Shumy Shumy
what you are saying is a joke Nederinaa. X6 M is the best SAV
Mar 24th, 2011 5:31am
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scratchy996 scratchy996
German humour : "hey , let's do something funny for April Fool's" , - "good idea, i'll call the engineering department and order them to engineer something funny."
Mar 23rd, 2011 7:30pm
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justanotherfan justanotherfan
Mar 24th, 2011 5:42am
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Pagani Pagani
I thought there already was an M3 with a folding hardtop in production, the convertible!
Mar 23rd, 2011 7:20pm
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BrianWCF BrianWCF
It is not the hardtop you are thinking of.
Mar 23rd, 2011 8:36pm
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