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BMW drops a pickup bed on an X7 to make it a motorcycle hauler

BMW drops a pickup bed on an X...
The one-off BMW X7 Pick-up ready for action
The one-off BMW X7 Pick-up ready for action
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BMW showed the X7 Pick-up and F 850 GS adventure bike for Motorrad Days
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BMW showed the X7 Pick-up and F 850 GS adventure bike for Motorrad Days
To make it a proper BMW truck, the bed gets lined in luxurious teakwood
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To make it a proper BMW truck, the bed gets lined in luxurious teakwood
BMW's vocational trainees spent 10 months bringing the X7 Pick-up from concept to drivable reality
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BMW's vocational trainees spent 10 months bringing the X7 Pick-up from concept to drivable reality
Both the truck and bike offer on/off-road capability, comfortable rides and adventure readiness
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Both the truck and bike offer on/off-road capability, comfortable rides and adventure readiness
The four-door cabin seats five people
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The four-door cabin seats five people
BMW's trainees hope to get the chance to jump in their creation and head to the mountains
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BMW's trainees hope to get the chance to jump in their creation and head to the mountains
BMW X7 Pick-up closeup 
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BMW X7 Pick-up closeup 
The X7 Pick-up offers 6.6 feet of bed length with the tailgate folded out
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The X7 Pick-up offers 6.6 feet of bed length with the tailgate folded out
BMW makes quite clear that this is a one-off project not meant for production
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BMW makes quite clear that this is a one-off project not meant for production
BMW X7 Pick-up
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BMW X7 Pick-up
BMW X7 Pick-up
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BMW X7 Pick-up
BMW X7 Pick-up
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BMW X7 Pick-up
The pickup is based on a 340-hp X7 xDrive40i
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The pickup is based on a 340-hp X7 xDrive40i
The one-off BMW X7 Pick-up ready for action
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The one-off BMW X7 Pick-up ready for action
Carbon fiber helps to keep weight down
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Carbon fiber helps to keep weight down
BMW used an X7 test truck that would have otherwise been destroyed 
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BMW used an X7 test truck that would have otherwise been destroyed 
BMW X7 Pick-up
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BMW X7 Pick-up
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What's better than a pickup truck – or even Jeep Gladiator – loaded with motorcycles? A mystical BMW pickup truck with a BMW adventure bike strapped atop its teak-lined bed. It's not the BMW pickup truck teaser that some fans might like, but it's a cool little X7 pickup project, nonetheless.

It wasn't so long ago that we saw a ruggedized, one-off modern Mini pickup, and now parent company BMW has tried its hand at rolling out a tough-but-luxurious truck built to keep up with changing times. The one-of-a-kind conversion was performed by vocational trainees under the guidance of BMW's Concept Vehicle Construction and Model Technology divisions in Munich.

Over the course of just 10 months, the 12 apprentices transformed a standard 340-hp BMW X7 xDrive40i SUV into a crew cab X7 pickup that BMW promises is a proper road-legal, show-car-grade work truck. The project saved an old test X7 that was headed to the scrapheap.

BMW used an X7 test truck that would have otherwise been destroyed 
BMW used an X7 test truck that would have otherwise been destroyed 

The trainees clearly spent most of their time in back, transforming the X7's third row and load area into a fully functional 4.6-ft (1.4-m) load bed that extends to 6.6 ft (2 m) once the tailgate drops. By using carbon fiber construction on areas including the roof and rear doors, they were able to cut weight by 440 lb (200 kg), even with the addition of 4 in (10 cm) of length.

BMW, in turn, made use of that extended length to tie the X7 Pick-up concept to its debut venue at Motorrad Days, showing how easily the truck loaded an F 850 GS adventure bike. The two vehicles make fitting bedfellows, as the 850 is designed to offer much the same long-distance touring comfort, on/off-road capability and adventurous spirit as a pickup truck with flagship-level BMW cabin and height-adjustable air suspension. Once the road narrows too much for the X7 Pick-up, the journey continues aboard the F 850 GS.

Both the truck and bike offer on/off-road capability, comfortable rides and adventure readiness
Both the truck and bike offer on/off-road capability, comfortable rides and adventure readiness

The world of yachts helped inspire the finish of the custom truck, with a fine-polished teakwood bed lining and seaworthy shade of tanzanite blue metallic paint. While BMW doesn't highlight it in the photos, we're sure the five-seat cabin is equally luxurious, thanks to its X7 basis.

BMW describes the X7 Pick-up as a one-off special project and makes a point of saying that production isn't planned – but similarly strange things have indeed happened in the past.

Source: BMW

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5 comments
Karl Dulle
Simone Giertz Did it to an Tesla
socalboomer
Looks SOOOO much like a Subaru Baja! (which, to me, is not a bad thing at all!)
mediabeing
Well that's really sad. I thought BMW engineers had more foresight. Where's the manual/electric loading ramp? Where's the pretty yet quite protective coating in this vehicle's bed? It's going to carry around a lot more than just motorcycles. Phooey. I expected a good deal more from BMW.
ljaques
Subaru should really bring back the Brat or the Baja. They'd sell half a million the first day, I'll bet. I want a Brat, a Bollinger B1, or a Tesla pickup, in that order.
Rustin Lee Haase
4.6ft bed...Bahhh!!!...Not a pickup, plain and simple. Would be a joke at the lumberyard. I could bring more 2x4s home in my Nissan LEAF.