1982 BMW 323i Baur

1982 BMW 323i Baur
Memorial Day 2010 First Drive 1982 323i BMW Baur Lapisblau M20 5 speed #4154 of 4595 made. The car was imported to California by Dietel Enterprises. I have since changed the wheels, installed the clear turn signal lenses, and I am in the process of installing a new cabriolet roof. I have to do something about those bumpers, too. :) I love this car! To see one of the reasons why, check my post "Score One For the Good Guys" on 6/26/2011.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

BMW M3 Pickup Truck: BMW Unveils A Pickup-Truck Version of its M3 Sportscar at Munich Auto Show!

You heard it here first, folks!  And with a targa roof, it is almost, well, Baur-like*!

BMW unveiled a pickup-truck version of its M3 sportscar at a
Munich auto show. It boasted that it was, by far, the "sportiest"
as well as fastest pickup truck available, and that it would "fire
the imaginations of all motorists with a deep appreciation of top
performance matched by a keen practical bent."

The M3 pickup was actually quite real, functional, and street legal.
However, it was a one-off and was not heading for mass production.
BMW revealed that it would use the car as a transport vehicle in its

Unique: BMW M GmbH develops the world's fastest pickup.
Drive and suspension technology from the BMW M3
– comprehensive testing completed on the Nürburgring- Nordschleife – 420 hp and 450
 kg load capacity – world premiere on 1 April 2015.

Munich. Following the BMW M3 Coupé, BMW M3 Convertible and
BMW M3 Sedan, a fourth body variant of this globally successful
high-performance sports car is about to cause a stir. Under the strictest
secrecy, the world's first high-performance pickup has been created at
 the BMW M GmbH development centre. The sportiest example by far
in this vehicle category, the BMW M3 Pickup will fire the imaginations
of all motorists with a deep appreciation of top performance matched by
a keen practical bent.

309 kW/420 hp under the bonnet and a rear-axle load capacity of
 up to 450 kilos take the hallmark BMW M relationship between
race-oriented driving pleasure and everyday utility to an entirely
new level. This unique vehicle has already completed extensive
test and set-up drives on the Nürburgring's Nordschleife in advance
of its global unveiling on 1 April 2015.

With this vehicle, BMW M GmbH once again furnishes evidence of its
exceptional competence in developing and building high-grade,
individual dream cars. With a high-revving V8 engine at the front,
a generously sized load area behind and a removable Targa roof above,
driver and passengers in the BMW M3 Pickup will relish an unprecedented
 take on the familiar M feeling. Yet this spectacular new development is
unmistakably recognisable as a member of the BMW M3 model family.
 Corroborating this kinship are not just the inimitable power of the engine,
\but also fine-tuned aerodynamics and a tailored suspension set-up.
Measurements in the wind tunnel at the BMW Group's Aerodynamic
Test Centre showed a Cd factor on a par with that of the BMW M3 Coupé.
Like every BMW M model, the BMW M3 Pickup has also demonstrated its
dynamic potential on the North Loop of the Nürburgring. Official lap times
have not yet been released, but the needle in the dial vouched for a top speed
of 300 km/h.

The kerb weight of the world's fastest pickup undercuts that of the BMW M3
Convertible by around 50 kilograms. Removing the Targa roof shaves off a
further 20 kg while at the same time lowering the car's centre of gravity. This
most unusual experience of top-down driving pleasure in a BMW M3 thus goes
 hand in hand with further optimised dynamic handling.

The practical features of the BMW M3 Pickup are no less impressive. Maximum
load capacity has been raised to 450 kilograms. The load bed of the BMW M3 Pickup
 is clad in high-grade structured aluminium sheeting and provides the biggest cargo
capacity ever offered on a BMW M vehicle. In terms of the unit of measurement
generally applied to premium automobiles, that gives the loading area of the BMW
M3 Pickup the capacity to carry up to 20 standard 46-inch golf bags. What's more, the
BMW M3 Pickup is the first BMW M3 variant in the 25-year-plus history of this model
 range to come with a trailer tow hitch.

Notwithstanding these unquestionable stand-out qualities, the BMW M3 Pickup will
not be heading for the golf course or series development, but will retain its status as an
exclusive one-off. It is earmarked for use as a workshop transport vehicle for BMW
M GmbH. With this in mind, the current BMW M3 Pickup – unlike a similar
predecessor built back in the 1980s – has gone through the requisite procedures to
earn its road certification. Which makes it officially a truck – but one that puts a
whole new spin on the meaning of the word.

*Almost, but not quite.  Happy April Fool's Day, boys and girls!   ;)


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