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Shanghai LIVE: STARTECH Range Rover pickup

Range-Rover-based pickup melds exclusivity with practicality.

STARTECH (a division of the BRABUS tuning empire) has unveiled its Range-Rover-based Pickup concept at the Shanghai Motor Show.

To the casual observer, it may just be a fancy pickup-truck, but STARTECH says it's an "exclusive multi-purpose super car." Whatever you call it, it's a Range Rover at heart, boasting a 500-horsepower, supercharged V8 that will move the concept from 0-60 in a claimed 5.3 seconds.

STARTECH touts a Range Rover's ability to cut a "splendid figure ... whether in front of the opera house, on the magnificent boulevards of this world or in off-road driving over hill and dale."

While a Range Rover is a bit more exclusive than even the most exotic of American pickups (a RAM SRT-10 perhaps being better suited to the Grand Ole Opry), elegance and beauty are certainly in the eye of the beholder. The concept's "Refinement Widebody" treatment may not be for everybody, but it does allow clearance for the installation of 23" forged wheels (pictured).

Inside, the pickup gets an overhauled interior with custom leather uphostery, Alcantara and carbon fiber elements. Clearly developed primarily for the Chinese market, the truck offers space for four occupants on individual seats and it offers a full-length center console.

The pickup will go into limited production, but STARTECH has not revealed how much it costs to turn a Range Rover into a truck.

Live images by Ronan Glon.

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