On the occasion of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, BMW unveils the M3 Touring, the first production M3 station wagon capable of combining performance (and a record on the Nüburgring) and practicality.
Inspired in every way by the M3 and M4, the M3 Touring will be available to order from September 2022. Production will begin next November at the BMW plant in Munich, Germany.
The most spacious of exacerbated sports?
The BMW M3 Touring, we have seen and reviewed it thanks to multiple spy photos. Aesthetically, the M3 break is not really a surprise, since it uses the codes of the M3 and M4, but with a break body which, let’s face it, suits it perfectly.
The M3 Touring is immediately distinguished by its front end featuring a vertical double-bean grille inherited from the M3 and M4, as are its wide fenders complemented by 19-inch front and 20-inch rear alloy wheels. . Behind these rims, we find huge brake calipers signed BMW M. As an option, customers can opt for a carbon-ceramic system.
At the rear, we have the right to an imposing carbon fiber extractor with four exhaust outlets. On the M3 Touring, as standard, the roof will be black and will contrast with the color of the bodywork. Customers can also have it in carbon or in the same color as the rest of the car.
But it is by getting on board that we really understand the double interest of the M3 Touring. If, at the front, there are very enveloping sport seats in carbon fiber (weighing 9.6 kg less than the M Sport seats), the trunk has the same capacities as a “normal” 3 Series Touring. Indeed, the loading capacity varies from 500 to 1510 liters and the rear seats can always be folded down independently. The tailgate opens electrically and the double bottom compartment is still there.
Technology at the service of sportiness and pleasure
The on-board instrumentation of the M3 Touring is inherited from the recently restyled 3 Series. We therefore find the BMW Curved Display, a large slab comprising a 12.3-inch screen for the instrumentation, and a 14.9-inch screen to manage the iDrive 8 infotainment system (with graphics specific to the M3 Touring) and driving modes.
Among the available modes, BMW offers the “Road”, “Sport” and “Circuit” configurations which can be activated directly from the control located on the center console or on the steering wheel. And, like all the latest M models, the M3 Touring also comes equipped with a range of apps to keep an eye on its performance.
As standard, we find the “M Drive Professional”, the “M Drift Analyzer” and the “M Laptimer”, which provide a detailed report of the laps made or your drift sessions. With that, you obviously have the whole armada of driving aids that equip our modern cars today.
Drifting with the family?
Under the hood of the BMW M3 Touring, we find the 3.0-litre S58 inline six-cylinder engine that powers the M3 and M4 Competition. This develops 510 hp and 650 Nm of torque, all associated with an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission that distributes power to the four drive wheels thanks to the M xDrive all-wheel drive system.
If the “Sport” mode is activated, the M3 Touring sends more torque to the rear axle, while the complete deactivation of the stability control allows the sporty Bavarian station wagon to be transformed into pure propulsion. The presence of the “Active M” differential makes it possible to cleverly distribute the torque and thus allow yourself beautiful drifts.
The powertrain shares many technical elements with the BMW M4 GT3, such as the cooling system in particular, and makes its vocals heard through an exhaust system with electronically controlled bypass valve. The M3 Touring can also count on a specific calibration of its adaptive M suspension and its “M Servotronic” power steering.
All this translates into a 0 to 100 km/h shot in 3.6 seconds (12.9 seconds for the 0 to 200 km/h) and a top speed of 250 km/h. Thanks to the “M Driver” package, the maximum speed can reach 280 km/h.