April Fools’ Day cars

Motor Trader Malaysia

It's that time of year when car companies let off some steam by introducing one-offs that they claim will make it to production sometime in the near future.

It’s the 1st of April, a day many pranksters consider most sacred of the entire year. BMW, one of the few automakers that have a sense of humour believes in this wholeheartedly. Last year the company introduced the BMW M3 Ute. It was a regular E90 M3 that had been converted to look like a pick-up.

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It's the fastest pick-up in the world


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This M3 pick-up was supposed to have a carrying capacity of 450kg

Dubbed as the fastest pick-up in the world, The M3 Ute was supposed to have a high powered V8 engine, generous load area behind, removable Targa roof as well as a suspension setup tailored to suit the demands of its driver. By fine-tuning the aerodynamics, the Munich based firm was able to shape the body to offer a drag coefficient similar to that of its coupe brethren. The result of such clever innovation, a M3 Ute that was said to be capable of 300km/h!

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Kia's Aero-Soul

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i10 'Special Project'

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SEAT showing off its electro reflective technology

BMW isn’t the only automaker that has come up with one-offs as an April fools' joke as Kia, Hyundai and SEAT have had their fair share as well. As good as they are, they pail in comparison to MINI’s latest variant of the Cooper. The automaker calls it the Cooper T, which will be the first vehicle to be powered by a tealeaf bio fuel composite. It is said that on a single cup, the car is able to cover a distance of 64 kilometres.

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Its the MINI Cooper T

Special features include VVT(Variable Valve Timing) ABS (Anti Lock Brakes), DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) and DAT (Dunk Avoidance Technology). DAT is an ingenuous filtration system that stops passersby from dunking their biscuits into the MINI T’s fuel tank.

Speaking of the car, Dr. Ivana Kuppa,Head of Cooper T engineering said, “This particular project has been brewing for years. Our extensive research has shown that the nation's favourite drink is also an ideal biofuel."

The MINI Cooper T comes in a number of colours including Chamomile Yellow, Red Bush and Earl Grey. Expect these cars to roll into showrooms on the 1st of never.

Source: Autocar Asean

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