2017 BMW 5 Series Ute Looks Like it Can Set Speed Records Down Under

2017 BMW 5 Series Ute Looks Like it Can Set Speed Records Down Under 3 photos
Photo: Theophilus Chin
Rendering sedans into utes is common, but BMW shares a special connection with the Photoshop phenomenon. That's because the famous Bavarian automaker built an M3 pickup and had played with the idea of entering the luxury truck market.
Mercedes-Benz is clearly going to beat them to the punch, which is a real shame. If any of the German automakers needs to make a ute, it's BMW. The roundel brand is known for fast, dynamic cars with fruity exhaust and driver-centric interiors.

Check out the slice of ute heaven that Theophilus Chin rendered out of the all-new generation of 5 Series. With a face that screams aggression... in an understated manner and the tail of a Holten Maloo, this is te kind of photo you want to put on your bedroom wall.

Well, it needs some tire smoke and a cool background, but you get a general idea. The only "problem" is that these images don't depict the drift machine of your dreams. You see, not only will the next M5 be AWD only, but so will its M Performance little brother. And that's what the rendering set is based on - an M550i xDrive.

Despite "only" having Audi S6 levels of power, this thing is as fast as the outgoing M5. Launch control is a real magic trick of the auto industry, one that no Australian pickup truck can perform.

Sadly, both Ford and Holden have stopped making utes. It's looking like nobody is going to pick up the mantle because two seats and a place to store chicken coops is not the ideal automotive mixture.

But BMW drivers have always been more egocentric than the others, and I mean that in the most polite way possible. While your average Honda CR-V driver wants to be surrounded by toddlers and their diaper-changing gear, the X5 guy prefers to be alone. There's even been a study that shows BMW drivers cheat more - you just can't tie them down to one girl.

What does that have to do with a ute? Well, it's the ideal sleek shape of a car with a water bed in the back. Need I say more?
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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