BMW Creates One-Off X7 Pickup for Motorcycle Show
Customized Truck Gets Fancy Carbon Fiber Rear Bodywork
BMW brought a one-of-one X7 pickup to the company's Motorrad Days motorcycle exhibition, where the truck served as a showpiece of what BMW engineers can accomplish. A design exercise that likely has no future as a production model, the X7 pickup is still a pretty sweet piece of machinery, with lots of engineering and decorative enhancements to go along with its funky bodystyle.
From the B-pillar forward, the trucklet takes the form of a regular BMW X7 xDrive40i large SUV. Launched earlier this year, the X7 is the largest passenger vehicle BMW has ever sold, with surprisingly ample space for seven passengers. However, for the so-called X7 Pick-Up, the rear doors, roof panel, and rear bodywork are 86'd in favor of all-new panels comprised of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP). In the place of the third-row seat is a small cargo box with a teak floor and an overall length of 4.6 feet with the tailgate closed or 6.6 feet with it open. BMW says the flooring choice and the X7 pickup's Tanzanite Blue metallic paint were inspired by the world of yachting. There's no denying it's an attractive look.
Other interesting touches include 3D-printed exterior grab handles on the C-pillar and carbon fiber accents in the bed itself. There are four tie-downs integrated into the bed floor, and the damped tailgate can bear weight, which BMW proved by loading the X7 pickup with an F 850 GS adventure motorcycle weighing about 500 pounds.
A team of 12 engineering trainees turned an X7 SUV into this custom pickup in about 10 months, creating a fully road-legal machine in the process. According to BMW, the team plans to take the X7 pickup into the mountains for some adventuring after its premiere at Motorrad Days last week. Sounds like a fun day in the office to us.