BMW engineers have tried some wild ideas for the M3, including a pickup. The company is showing off four oddities to celebrate the high-performance model's 30th anniversary. There are over 100 photos of them in the gallery.

As a celebration of the M3’s 30th birthday, BMW is pulling some the model’s weirdest prototypes out of its rolling archives. If you ever wish for an M3 pickup, there's a pair of them in this bizarre collection. If you prefer something a tad more conventional, there’s also a high-performance wagon and a hot hatch.

BMW M3 Concepts
BMW M3 Concepts

BMW developed the original M3 specifically to go racing, and the only reason that it came to the road was because regulations required the company to sell 5,000 road-legal versions within 12 months. Eventually, the BMW Motorsport engineers got a crazy idea to create the ultimate shop truck at the division’s Garching campus. They took the contemporary 3 Series Convertible and added a pickup bed in the back. After initially installing a 2.0-litre four-cylinder, the team later used the M3's 2.3-litre unit. According to the company, this truck continued hauling stuff around the site until four years ago.

BMW M3 Concepts
BMW M3 Concepts

The M division didn't just create weird M3's as personal products. Sometimes the engineers wanted to evaluate an idea for the road. For example, the 1996 M3 Compact tested the waters for a high-performance model for younger buyers. The team took the contemporary 3 Series Compact (the 318ti in the Canada/United States) and installed a 321-horsepower 3.2-litre six-cylinder engine. The hot hatch looked mostly stock on the outside, but racing seats hinted this was something special.

BMW M3 Concepts
BMW M3 Concepts

The 2000 M3 Touring would have been a dream for people who wanted to combine power and utility. However, it was only a proof of concept. “This prototype allowed us to show that, from a purely technical standpoint at least, it was possible to integrate an M3 Touring into the ongoing production of the standard BMW 3 Series Touring with very little difficulty,” explains Jakob Polschak, head of vehicle prototype building for the M division, said in BMW's announcement.

BMW M3 Concepts
BMW M3 Concepts

The M division returned to the idea of an M3 Pickup in 2011 and showed their sense of humour at the same time. The team wanted a new shop truck to replace the again original. As an April Fool's prank, they dressed it in camouflage for runs at the Nürburgring and later revealed the joke.

Check out the gallery below to see over 100 photos of these rarely seen prototypes.

Source: BMW

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