Brave Tuner Turns New 2023 BMW M4 Competition Into Maloo Pickup
The days of the Aussie Holden Ute may be behind us, but a strangely fascinating exhibit at the 2022 SEMA Show comes pretty close to being its spiritual successor. We’re talking about the BMW M4 Maloo, a very well-executed station wagon conversion of the performance-focused coupe that caught our eye.
Shown at the STEK Automotive booth, it has a new scratch-resistant wrap with a mirror finish. But the most striking feature is definitely the ute body style, making it the world’s first M4 pickup.
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The conversion was completed by DinMann, who certainly did a pretty good job cutting off the rear of the roof, stripping down the cabin, adding a custom rear bed on a bespoke metal frame, and creating a functional tailgate out of the M4’s boot. Carbon fiber pieces on the bumpers and side skirts look different than stock, while the headlights and windows have been tinted.
Other updates we spotted include a new engine cover and new carbon fiber dash trim. A portion of the rear bench is still present inside the cabin, although the space is too cramped for more than just the driver and passenger plus some of their luggage. However, the rear bed seems roomy enough for larger items and will soon get a new aerodynamic cover that will make it look even more like an Aussie ute.
While most truck conversions are based on crashes or write-offs, this particular M4 was actually an entirely new model before it hit the cutters, which makes us feel a little weird about it. According to the Instagram account @m4maloo, the donor car BMW M4 Competition was purchased new in April 2022. The entire process took six weeks, which is pretty quick for an OEM-style finish.
The competition badge signifies that the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine produces 503 hp (375 kW/510 PS) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque. Power is transferred to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox aided by the rear-biased xDrive system and a limited-slip differential. We don’t know of many trucks with those kinds of performance credentials aside from the HSV GTSR W1 Maloo Ute.
Would you like BMW to offer an additional pickup body style alongside the M3 Sedan, M4 Coupe and M4 Convertible? Such a thing is highly unlikely to happen, but ute lovers can dream of more custom conversions like this.