On April 1, BMW introduced what it called "the world's fastest pickup," a prototype pickup car based on its M3. Only problem with that was it wasn't real. It was a rather elaborate April Fool's prank, a prototype that BMW developed as a big "gotcha" on auto journalists and car fans.
As much as we appreciate BMW's dedication to a good joke, the fact that the M3 pickup car isn't actually a real car, leaves us wondering: what is the world's fastest pickup?
Well, a new contender for that title is the LupiniPower Chevy SuperUte SS. A South African tuner, Lupini equipped its creation with a 535-hp 6.0-liter supercharged V8, making it significantly more powerful than the 414-hp BMW. It installed bigger front brakes to reign those 535 horses in and tuned the suspension to ensure that they're put to the best use on the street. The SuperUte also has 20-inch wheels and Bridgestone Potenza RE050 ultra-high performance tires.
Performance comes up well short of BMW's claims, but is still pretty impressive for a pickup. The car tops out at 175 mph, hits 60 mph in just under 5 seconds and hits 100 mph in 9.9 seconds.
BMW's timing played right into Lupini's hands. The tuner used all the hype around BMW's prank to pitch its own offering, with company chief Michele Lupini saying: "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 limited edition Ute will cost $91,500. That's certainly no joke.
Via: World Car Fans