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Franken-car: Performance Pickup Car From BMW

I'm sure BMW would rather be getting press for its all-new 6-Series, but this is just way cooler. It's an unnamed BMW pickup car that was spotted testing at the Nurburgring track in Germany earlier this month. Its camouflage hints that it's a possible concept or production test dummy, but news reports--and sensible judgment--suggest otherwise.

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Originally, the scoop on the car was that it was a one-off special model built to haul parts. It was reportedly designed for one of BMW's motorcycle accessory providers. However, BMW later admitted that it's actually a big joke. The company designed the prototype as an April Fool's joke. It will present it alongside a few other M3-based prototypes and a more serious M5 concept model on Friday, April 1. 

As soon as I saw this one, I just knew it was a little too good/weird to come true. 

Joke or not, we can still appreciate it. It is all kinds of awesome, at least for us non-BMW fanboys. I was pretty psyched when I read rumors about the possible return of the El Camino, so seeing an all-new, totally unexpected pickup car from none other than BMW made my month. It's disappointing that the car isn't coming to BMW dealerships, but it's nice to see it and imagine all that could be. 

The car is basically an M3 with a pickup bed in place of a rear cabin. There's no information about the car's mechanics, but it presumably features the M3's 414-hp 4.0-liter V8 engine. And a whole lotta' party in the back. 

Via Jalopnik and Autoblog