German tuner Startech has transformed the Range Rover into a pickup for this year's Auto Shanghai show which kicks off next week.

German tuner Startech has transformed the Range Rover into a pickup for this year's Auto Shanghai show which kicks off next week.

April Fools' Day was two weeks ago so this pickup Range Rover is as real as it gets and represents the work of Startech who decided to turn the large and luxurious SUV into a more utilitarian high-end pickup riding on massive 23-inch wheels and packed with carbon fiber all around. No less than 100 bespoke components made from aluminum, steel and carbon fiber were tailor made for this project and it also benefits from a plastic-lined bed providing a load length of 110 cm. Opening the tailgate (by button or remote control) will add 60cm for carrying cargo on the pickup's bed which has been welded to the new shorter roof.

Startech also installed 80mm wider fenders, a custom roof spoiler, additional LED lighting and various carbon fiber inserts while the custom suspension can lower the pickup's ride height by 30mm. There's also a custom exhaust system adding 16 PS (12 kW), thus bumping output of the V8 5.0-liter supercharged engine to 526 PS (387 kW). It's enough muscle to grant a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 5.3 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

The Range Rover pickup will be offered with all engines as well as with a plethora of interior and exterior customizations. Startech says they will bring it to Auto Shanghai 2015 which kicks off next week.

Be part of something big

Range Rover pickup by Startech is not a belated April Fools' Day joke