THE BMW ‘M’ CARS THAT NEVER WERE
(Originally published by Motor-Vision)
We all know and love BMW’s M range of cars whether it’s the rather new M2 or the cult classic E30! They are fun to drive, have a lot of badge prestige and are very popular. Many ‘M’ models have been created in BMW’s history, but what about the ideas that never made it past the concept stage? Let’s take a look at some of our favourite BMW ‘M’ Cars that just didn’t make the cut!
BMW M3 Pickup – 1986
The rather strange M3 Pickup served the BMW ‘M’ Division’s base in Garching for 26 years and was used to move various different types of heavy equipment around the site.
Underneath the bonnet was the Italian-spec M3 engine which was a 2L variant with 190bhp. Apart from this Pickup, a few aftermarket companies built similar vehicles for use in Greece due to a tax loophole!
BMW M3 Compact – 1996
It’s fair to say that BMW were wey ahead of their time with the M3 Compact concept which could now be seen to be the ever-loved 1 Series M coupe of today.
Two versions of the M3 Compact were built one had a 282bhp, 3L engine and other other had a whopping 317bhp, 3.2L engine!
BMW M3 Touring – 2000
In 2000, the BMW M3 Touring concept was built to demonstrate what was possible with technology at the time, although BMW never had any intent for it to be more than a concept!
We would love to see BMW create a fast estate with the prestigious M badge status some time soon.
BMW M3 Pickup MK2 – 2011
When BMW first unveiled the M3 Pickup Mk2 on April Fool’s Day in 2011, many people thought that this was a joke.
Of course they were right in saying that the car would never be produced but when you look under the bonnet, BMW weren’t entirely joking. A 4-litre V8 which produces 414bhp and during Nürburgring tests, BMW said that the vehicle reached 186mph!