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LupiniPower says their SuperUte is no joke!

 LupiniPower says their SuperUte is no joke!
Chevrolet SportUte from LupiniPower 05.04.2011

And we agree! The South African tuning company LupiniPower is referring to the recent BMW M3 Pickup dubiously revealed as an April Fools joke. While LupiniPower admits being huge fans of BMW M Division, their supercharged V8 SuperUte based on the Chevrolet SuperUte SS (aka Holden Ute SS in Australia) is certainly not something to laugh at.

Michele Lupini explained, "It is hugely gratifying to note that M has taken note of a need for such top-end pick-up vehicles, although we do also need to point out that SuperUte is certainly no joke - our development cycle is now close to being completed and we'll soon be ready to deliver."

"As huge BMW M fans, we'd love to see an M3 Pickup as our SuperUte's only real market rival." That almost sounds like a challenge.

The Chevrolet SuperUte SS packs a 6.0-liter supercharged V8 producing 535 bhp (542 PS / 399 kW) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque while 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) acceleration is sub 5-seconds and 100 mph (161 km/h) flashes by in just 9.9 seconds. The SuperUte steamrolls the quarter-mile in 12.7 seconds at 113 mph (182 km/h), while top speed is a supercar worthy 175 mph (282 km/h).

Only a limited number of SuperUtes will be built with all-inclusive pricing previously announced at $91,500/€63,000/£58,000.

Source: LupiniPower

SuperUte - no April fool!

South African tuning company LupiniPower was delighted to learn of BMW M toying with the idea of a BMW M3 Pickup - even if that vehicle was rather dubiously premiered on April Fool's Day.

"As huge BMW M fans, we'd love to see an M3 Pickup as our SuperUte's only real market rival," Michele Lupini explained. "It is hugely gratifying to note that M has taken note of a need for such top-end pick-up vehicles, although we do also need to point out that SuperUte is certainly no joke - our development cycle is now close to being completed and we'll soon be ready to deliver."

The 535bhp 590lb.ft 6-litre supercharged V8 SuperUte is capable of sub 5-second 0-60mph acceleration figures, while 100mph flashes by in just 9.9 seconds. SuperUte flattens the quarter-mile in 12.7 seconds at 113mph, while top speed is a mighty 175mph with all of those figures now ratified by various South African magazine and newspaper road tests.

LupiniPower's SuperUte is not just all speed and power - improvements extend to bigger race-specification front disc brakes and callipers, which have been further upgraded through the vehicle's development, while subtle yet effective suspension tweaks see the standard Ute's already impressive handling, road holding and dynamic ability improve without undue compromise to ride and comfort.

SuperUte comes with a striking staggered 20" wheel & tyre set-up with 8.5J front and 10J wide rear alloy wheels and Bridgestone Potenza RE050 ultra-high performance tyres, while option boxes available to be ticked include full Bilstein suspension and a limited-slip differential for the serious track day fan. Only a limited number of SuperUtes will be built to guarantee exclusivity.

Visit www.lupini.co.zafor more on SuperUte or contact info@lupini.co.za.

LupiniPower Chevrolet SuperUte - Specifications & Performance

Engine Supercharged 5967cc OHV V8

Power 535bhp @ 5600rpm

Torque 590lb.ft @ 3400rpm

Specific Power 90bhp/litre

Power to Weight 328bhp/tonne

Transmission 6-speed manual

Brakes Front: Alloy 4-piston callipers, 350mm ventilated & slotted discs

Wheels: Front: 8.5J x 20 Alloy, Rear: 10J x 20 Alloy

Tyres: Bridgestone Potenza RE050 - Front: 245/35R20, Rear: 285/30R20

Acceleration 0-60mph: 4.8 seconds

Acceleration 0-150mph: 22.9 seconds

Standing quarter-mile: 12.7 seconds @ 113mph

Overtaking 50-75mph: 3.1 seconds

Overtaking 75-100mph: 3.5 seconds

Maximum Speed 175mph

Fuel - Urban Cycle 18.8mpg

CO2 Emissions 227g/km

*All quoted performance figures based on independent LupiniPower tests.

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Comments (7)

 oziseb oziseb
Or you could get the 6.2L HSV Maloo R8 Ute for $60K - yes, it has less power/torque but better handling, interior, styling etc. while being more streetable for daily driving. Not to mention full factory warranty! There is also the Walkinshaw Performance upgrade (470KW/780NM) again, with full warranty!
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May 1, 2011 9:06 pm
 spoedvraat spoedvraat
Read a review in a local magazine of this particular UTE...the gains over standard not that impressive. How dare they consider themselves competition to BMW's M division!!
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April 6, 2011 10:40 am
 GTurbo GTurbo
Like I've commented already on this site, BMW may either do a u-turn M-coupe style or suffer the consequences of an expensive joke. Holden, on their way back to GM country after 27 years out, may yet have something to do or say about BMW's April Fool's joke. I would have thought that BMW should have used that as an inspired opportunity to do another M-coupe, turning it into a sales hit and attract a whole new set of global customers. The joke may yet be on BMW! This South African ute is a bewty!
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April 6, 2011 10:29 am
 mikemikemikemike mikemikemikemike
Radmeister, you amount to little more than a mucous patch. This thing is bad ass. Stylish, practical, and quicker than hell. I would love to have one.
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April 5, 2011 11:39 pm
 radmeister radmeister
Good thing they don't think it's a joke. The sad part is everyone else does.
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April 5, 2011 4:30 pm