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BMW M3 Pickup

An auto enthusiast teamed up with Mad Dog Racing in South Africa to create what could quite possibly be the world's first E92 BMW M3 pickup truck. It's powered by a supercharged 4L V8 engine that churns out at least 100 additional horsepower on top of the factory 420-horsepower. No word yet on if they plan to build a new M4 pickup truck, or at least in the near future. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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BMW 2002 Hommage

BMW has unveiled its all-new 2002 Hommage, which pays tribute to the original 2002 Turbo from 1966. This updated model features an M tri-color front splitter, widebody fenders, snowflake wheels, and a ducktail spoiler on the outside. To keep the model's heritage, the Bavarian automaker matched the carbon trims match to its carbon-fiber band at the beltline, while an icy blue matte finish rounds off the clean look. Click here for more pictures of the 2002 Hommage. Continue reading for a live video from Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este.

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BMW Vision Next 100 Concept

New images of the futuristic BMW Vision Next 100 concept have surfaced. Taking an Alive Geometry approach, it features two modes: "Ease" retracts the steering wheel and adjusts the seats so it's easier to interact with others in the car, while "Boost" mode uses the windshield to overlay information like optimal driving lines, steering points, and speeds. The exterior boasts series of triangular shape-shifting "scales" that stretches to accommodate the turning of the faired in wheels, improving aerodynamics. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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BMW R100 Sprintbeemer

Lucky Cat Garage's BMW R100 Sprintbeemer appears to be straight from a science fiction movie, but this cafe racer is real, and built around a rigid BMW 2 frame. It's powered by a lightly tuned RS Boxer engine, paired with an inverted '92 R100 R gearbox, while a slick square drag tire on a lightened hub manages traction in the rear. Since there's no need for speedometer, you'll only find a Scitsu Tachometer nestled in behind the aerodynamic fairing. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a creepy VR zombie game.

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BMW Vision Next 100

We have seen the future of BMW vehicles, and it includes the Vision Next 100. Featuring a shape-shifting "Alive Geometry" exterior, augmented reality dashboards, "Companion" artificial intelligence and more. To start, "Alive Geometry" basically consists of 800 small triangles on the exterior that shape-shift for aerodynamics, while the dashboard alerts drivers to road conditions via augmented reality. There are two driving modes: "Boost", in which the driver is responsible for operating the car, and "Ease", where auto-pilot takes over - the seats can rotate so passengers can face one another in "Ease". Last, but not least, "Companion" artificial intelligence gathers information about the driver to provide driving tips and / or alerts. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the fie most popular viral videos today, including showing how not to charge a phone on a set of train tracks.

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BMW Landspeeder

At first, you might confuse this with something from an auto museum, but it's just the BMW Landspeeder by Austin, Texas based Revival Cycles. Based on Ernst Henne's Landspeeder, this BMW R37 Racer was originally built specifically for the man himself in 1928, the one in which he would use to go on and break multiple records. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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BMW R1200S Animal

Tuning shop Cafe Racer Dreams put their own twist on the BMW R1200S, and called it the "Animal". This military-inspired 2-wheeler sports two lights up front, as well as a tactical mesh covered fuel tank. It's been equipped with a set of rugged Ohlins shocks so the bike can handle both rough and smooth roads. The sleek taillights out back add a nice cool tough, while the olive green finishes off the look. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how two guys sneaked into a movie theater dressed as just one person.

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BMW i8 Spyder

BMW officially unveiled its i8 Spyder Concept at CES 2016 this week. It features the AirTouch gesture-control system that enables passengers to operate the vehicle's controls by simply moving their fingers over the dashboard display screens. The information is then transmitted back through a head-up display, the main instrument cluster and a giant 21-inch panorama display located in front of the passenger. Continue reading for three more videos and information. Click here to view more images.

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BMW i Motorrad

When TRON Lightcycle meets futuristic BMW motorcycle, you get the stunning i Motorrad BetaIR by Sebastian Martinez. Featuring a sleek aerodynamic body, complete with Tron-inspired spokeless tires, it uses a magnetic suspension for the ultimate ride experience. Ultra bright LEDs can be found at the top of the motorcycle. Click here to view some bonus images of amazing, yet real, Confederate Motorcycles.

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Rinspeed Etos

Not just a tuned BMW i8, the Rinspeed Etos offers a fully autonomous mode that works in conjunction with 9 high-definition exterior cameras for tracking surrounding objects. On the road, it automatically links to the city infrastructure for traffic information and even cell phone reception. If the driver switches to manual driving mode, a steering wheel electronically extends out of the dashboard, and the vehicle's gaze-tracking system monitors their eyes to ensure constant alertness. The coolest feature? An included drone that takes off / lands on the integrated landing platform, which consists of 12,000 individually-controlled LEDs. Continue reading for more images and information. Click here for a few bonus pictures.

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