For the first time since its inception, BMW has given its 3-Series Touring (wagon) the M treatment in The M3 Touring which has been officially unveiled but will be presented at the Goodwood Festival of Speed In the UK this week.
The M3 Touring features the same specs as the M3 sedan, meaning power comes from a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-6. The M3 Touring has been announced exclusively in the M3 Competition guise and with an 8-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. That means it misses out on the 6-speed manual with which the M3 sedan can be ordered.
The M3 Competition spec brings 503 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. This is enough for 0-62 mph acceleration in 3.6 seconds, 0-124 mph in 12.9 seconds, and a governed top speed of 155 mph (174 mph with the available M Driver’s Package). The M3 Touring will also lap the Nürburgring in a time of 7:35.06, the current production wagon record.
Of course, there’s more to the M3 Touring than a high-performance engine as the model has also been equipped with a sport-tuned suspension and an Active M differential. They’re joined by 19- and 20-inch forged alloy wheels that are wrapped in performance tires and backed up by a beefy braking system, which can be equipped with optional carbon-ceramic discs.
The BMW M3 Touring is a station wagon that is both capable of hauling family and cargo (with space for up to 1,510 litres/53.32 cu. ft.).
Moving forward, the M3 Touring also stands out for its big curved display. You won’t find this in the M3 sedan – the single screen combines the 12.3-inch driver information centre and 14.9-inch infotainment system in one unit, running BMW’s latest Operating System 8. And since this is an M3, the system features M-specific displays for controlling a plethora of functions, not the least of which being numerous drive modes for comfort, track, and yes, you can even go drifting in your wagon. If you’re tired of all-wheel-drive grip, there’s a 2WD mode as well.