BMW M3 Competition Touring: the German station wagon becomes “gunshot”!

La Casa dell’Elica presented the first M3 in history in a “station-wagon” version at the Goodwood Festival: it has 510 horsepower and reaches 280 km / h

Since September who wants to join the “M” family of the BMW brand will have another option in addition to the classic super-sports sedans: during the Goodwood Festival of Speed, in fact, the Casa dell’Elica presented the M3 Competition Touringthe first M3 of history in the “station-wagon” format that aims to combine sportiness and the purest performance with the needs of practicality and space typical of those looking for a model with a long wheelbase.

Aesthetically the new BMW M3 Competition Touring it differs from the “traditional” model for a whole series of more sporty and refined details passing by the gigantic double kidney front grille up to the air intakes of the bumper, without forgetting the wheel arches with grooves for the recirculation of flows, the side skirtsthe alloy wheels with differentiated diameter 19-20 “and therear extractor with four tailpipe exhaust system. Furthermore, as an option, it is possible to request the Contrasting black roof in carbon fiber and the braking system with carbon-ceramic discs derived from M4 GT3.

In a car body longer and wider than the 3 Series Touring of 8.5 and 7.6 cm respectively, the new BMW M3 Competition Touring it does not disappoint enthusiasts even when entering the passenger compartment, where the driver and front passenger can now sit on the refined seats with carbon shell coated in Merino M Sport leather equipped with electric regulation, memory function and heating.

Even the technological features are at the top of the category thanks to the presence of the BMW Curved Displaya screen that integrates the 12.3 “digital instrument cluster and theinfotainment on iDrive 8 operating system with 14.9 ”diagonal and custom graphics. There is, of course, the automatic climate control, the BMW Live Cockpit Plus package (with navigator), the sports driving apps (M Drive Professional, M Drift Analyzer and M Laptimer), the specific driving modes for use on the track. (Road, Sport and Track) and the suite ADAS Driving Assistant Professional.

Although voted for sporty use, the new one BMW M3 Competition Touring it is still one station-wagon familiare and indeed it combines truly first-class performance with a trunk with a minimum capacity of 500 Liters – can be increased up to 1,510 if the rear seats are folded down. The engine? Derived from that of the M3 sedan: it is a 3.0-liter straight-six with M TwinPower Turbo technology capable of expressing the beauty of 510 horsepower and 650 Nm of maximum torque, combined with the eight-speed automatic transmission M Steptronic Drivelogic, the intelligent all-wheel drive M xDrive and the Active M differential positioned on the rear axle.

In this configuration, the first M3 station wagon in BMW history is able to reach the top speed of 250 km / h (unlockable up to 280 if the optional M Driver package is added) and to stop the stopwatch 0-100 in just 3.6 seconds. Really remarkable numbers that are also accompanied by the specific cooling system, from the drain with electronically controlled bypass valveadaptive suspension and M Servotronic power steering.