BMW finally has a means for you to haul your bike in a matching BMW vehicle: the X7 Pickup. Based on the German company's largest SUV to date, the X7, the one-off pickup is a conversion done by the vocational trainees at the BMW plant in Munich, in cooperation with their very own Concept Vehicle Construction and Model Technology divisions. The vehicle was displayed at the annual BMW Motorrad days.
The X7 Pickup is powered by 6-cylinder, 344 Ps (340hp) turbocharged engine and has a claimed fuel economy of 11 kilometers per liter.
True to BMW's high-end positioning, there's no cheap plastic bed liner. Instead, it sports a handcrafted, fine-polished wood liner. A 2-level, height-adjustable air suspension makes sure that the ride comfort remains as expected of any BMW vehicle. The X7 Pickup can fit five people comfortably and the extensive use of Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Polymers (CFRP) made it possible to further reduce weight by 200 kg vs. the production model, despite having a body longer by 10 cm.
The BMW X7 Pick-up and the BMW F 850 GS
The X7 pickup was paired with an appropriate BMW Motorrad model. On the loading area of the converted vehicle stands a BMW F 850 GS, which is ideally suited to the BMW Motorrad Days. With a combination of touring and long-distance capability, sporty dynamics and supreme off-road qualities, the BMW F 850 GS perfectly complements the qualities of the BMW X7 Pick-up. However, in everyday life, the BMW X7 pick-up and the BMW F 850 GS are faithful companions: thanks to their excellent driving characteristics both on paved and unpaved roads, the journey is the destination.
For those that would seriously consider purchasing this model, we have some bad news. The BMW X7 Pick-up is a one-off from BMW Group Vocational Training at the Munich location. It will not be mass-produced. Special projects such as this serve during training to convey and deploy the required capabilities in practice. Clear training contents with an occupational interest in each profession exist in such projects. The BMW Group currently trains almost 5,000 persons in nine countries worldwide.