In the fifty years of its existence, the BMW M offered only two station wagons, both of which were based on the M5 model. The smaller M3 lure of the more practical body has long withstood, although a prototype of such a car appeared as early as 2000. Only now, however, have the dream of many families come true and the M3 Touring is moving into series production.
The most important thing takes place at two ends of the car. At the front, under the hood of the M3 Touring, there is a supercharged six-cylinder petrol engine with a three-liter volume, which, similarly to the sedan in the more powerful Competition version, has an output of 375 kW and a torque of 650 Nm. It is the only choice for the station wagon, the sedan has an even weaker version of the same engine. The eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to all wheels, so unlike the sedan, the station wagon is not just a clean rear wheel, although the xDrive drive system in the M3 normally prefers the rear axle.
And the car can even be “hard” switched to mode with exclusively driven rear wheels, while the stability control is completely switched off at such a moment. This will please especially the purists, according to whom perhaps no other M3 than the one with rear-wheel drive should exist. Power transmission is also aided by an active differential, which distributes power between the rear wheels or traction control.
Although the station wagon weighs 1,865 kg, it can still accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.6 seconds, from 0 to 200 km / h in 12.9 seconds and start at 250 km / h. The optional M Driver’s package then unlocks the limiter and pushes the maximum speed limit to 280 km / h.
In addition to the BMW drive, the chassis was also considered, so in addition to the modified axles, the standard equipment also includes electronically controlled shock absorbers, and carbon-ceramic brakes are available at an additional cost. Their discs, or discs of standard brakes, are hidden behind forged 19-inch wheels at the front and 20-inch wheels at the rear. The body itself was then additionally reinforced compared to the usual row 3.
So it’s at one end of the car, at the other is the luggage compartment with a volume of 500 to 1510 liters. In addition, the trunk lid glass can be opened separately. Overall, the M3 Touring is 4794 mm long, 1903 mm wide and 1436 mm high. This means that compared to the standard 3 Series Touring, it is longer, wider and lower. The wheelbase is 2857 mm long, so five passengers can sit in the cabin.
The exterior of the M3 Touring corresponds to the M3 with a sedan and M4 body as a coupe or convertible. The most distinctive element is the vertical kidneys in combination with a modified bumper and other mirrors. The lights can optionally be laser, recognizable by the blue elements. The modifications to the roof and, of course, the shaping of the rear part are specific to the station wagon, the bumper does not lack a diffuser and a total of four exhaust tailpipes.
The interior is mainly characterized by two connected curved screens: the 12.3-inch display is in front of the driver instead of alarm clocks, the 14.9-inch display is the output of a multimedia system. According to BMW, it was the pair of screens that made it possible to reduce the number of physical buttons in the cab. Sports front seats are also standard, optionally with a lightweight carbon construction. Carbon fibers can then form the interior trim.
The station wagon will be manufactured alongside the sedan in Munich from November this year. At the same time, the M3 Touring will enter the market. Orders will be launched in September.