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A BMW...ute!?

By Alex Inwood, 20 Jun 2013 News

BMW, ute, Brisbane, dealer, V8, Holden, Ford, first, one-off

No this isn’t a joke. What you’re looking at really is a BMW X5 utility.

No this isn’t a joke. What you’re looking at really is a BMW X5 utility.

Built by a BMW dealer in Brisbane, this one-off, heavily modified ute is based on a standard BMW X5 SUV.

The handiwork of the dealers’ in-house panel shop, the BMW ute took around 700 hours to create and cost upwards of $35 grand – on top of the X5 donor car’s purchase price.

Using the same platform and chassis as the stock X5, the ute also boasts its 4.4-litre V8.

And don’t think it’s an exercise in creativity over practicality. The ute is fully road legal and even comes with its own personalised number plates: BMWTE.