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The world's most luxurious ute! BMW builds X7-based pick-up that's both bonkers and beautiful


BMW has whipped the covers off  what might be the world’s most luxurious pick-up truck - a new X7-based ute.

The X7 ute features a five-seat configuration, and what BMW calls a “handcrafted loading area” that’s finished in polished-wood panelling. And thanks to its two-stage air suspension, the rear height adjustable to help with loading.

Given the ute has been built (by the brands’s trainees) to celebrate the Motorrad Days event, the X7 can obviously handle a bike - in this case a BMW F 850 GS.

Under the bonnet lives the engine from the X7 xDrive40i; a turbocharged six-cylinder good for 250kW and 450Nm.

The teakwood-lined loading area is 1.4m in length, but stretches to 2.0m when the tailgate is folded down and fixed in place. And the brand has used carbon-fibre plastic on the roof, rear doors and the cover for the tray, helping shave 200kg off the kerb weight off the X7 donor car.

BMW says it took a team of 12 trainees just 10 months to finish the ute - but don’t hold your breath for anything like a production version; BMW has made it clear it has no interest in building an X-Class rival.

This one, though, is road legal, with BMW saying its creators will be taking it for a drive after its show duties are complete.

"I am pleased about the synergies between BMW Group Vocational Training, Concept Vehicle Construction and Model Technology, allowing these young talents to prove their abilities with such an extraordinary project," says BMW’s Milagros Caiña-Andree.

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