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BMW X7 pick-up truck designed by students

Luke Wilkinson 2019-07-05 07:00

Based on BMW's flagship SUV, the X7 pick-up features a teak-lined load bed and seating for five adults (plus one motorcycle)

BMW has commissioned a bespoke X7 pick-up truck for its annual motorcycle summit, BMW Motorrad Days. The concept was built over the course of ten months by a team of twelve apprentices, who outfitted it with adjustable suspension and a custom load bed, suitable for transporting the BMW F 850 GS Touring Motorcycle.

A X7 development mule destined for the scrap heap served as the project’s donor car. The apprentices started by removing its rear cabin, replacing it with a handmade, teak and carbon fibre lined load bed, complete with 3D-printed trim strips, bespoke grab-handles and motorcycle tie-down points. The body work is finished in exclusive Tanzanite Blue paint.

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Due to its missing panelling, and the use of carbon fibre reinforced plastic on its roof, rear doors and rear tailgate, the X7 pick-up truck is around 200kg lighter than the standard SUV. Its bed can also accommodate loads 140cm in length or, with the rear tailgate open, loads of up to 200cm.

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BMW X7 pick-up truck

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It’s powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six petrol, with 335bhp and 450Nm of torque which, like the standard X7, is fed to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. BMW hasn’t quoted any official performance figures but, due to the weight saving, we expect a sub-six second 0–62 mph time, improving over the standard car’s 6.1 second effort.

Despite the concept being fully functional and completely road-legal, BMW has no plans to put the X7 pick-up truck into production.

Now read about the apprentice built Skoda Mountiaq pick-up truck. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below…

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