BMW has unveiled the M3 Competition Touring. The first M3 station wagon from the Munich (Germany)-based company will thus only be offered with the most powerful in-line six-cylinder gasoline engine, all-wheel drive and automatic transmission.
BMW already presented the M3 as a sedan and the M4 coupe in 2020, followed later by the M4 convertible. Now, for the first time in the history of the sporty midsize class from Munich, a station wagon model follows with the new M3 Competition Touring. The design features the usual M elements such as the vertical kidney at the front, large side air intakes or the exhaust system’s pair of tailpipes integrated into the rear apron. The roof of the BMW M3 Touring is painted in high-gloss black as standard. The estate rolls on forged alloy wheels in 19" size at the front and 20" at the rear.
The interior is familiar from the sedan: The Curved Display is composed of a 12.3" display in the instrument cluster and the 14.9" infotainment display. Also standard are the electrically adjustable memory sports seats with heated seats and Merino leather upholstery. The 40:20:40 folding rear bench seat allows the trunk volume to be expanded from 500 to up to 1,510 l.
BMW M3 Touring only as Competition model
The new BMW M3 Touring is offered exclusively as a Competition version and is powered by an in-line six-cylinder gasoline engine with TwinPower turbo technology. The 3.0-liter engine delivers 375 kW (510 PS) of power and a maximum torque of 650 Nm. Power is transmitted via the eight-speed M-Steptronic transmission. The M xDrive all-wheel-drive system is combined with an Active M differential in the rear-axle transmission.
The M3 Competition Touring accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in 3.6 s, and it takes 12.9 s to reach 200 km/h. With the optional M Driver’s Package, the top speed can be raised from 250 to 280 km/h. The M-Drive-Professional mode has been designed for use on the race track. Among other things, it features the innovative M Traction Control function. This allows the driver to adjust the drive slip limitation of the DSC driving stability system in ten stages. A data recorder and laptimer as well as the Track driving mode are also included.
M3 Touring to be launched in November 2022
The suspension with double-joint spring strut front axle and five-link rear axle has been specially tuned for the station wagon. This includes the adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers and M-Servotronic steering with variable ratio. A carbon ceramic brake system is available as an optional extra.
Twenty years ago, BMW created a prototype based on the third-generation BMW M3, which never made it into series production. Instead, the BMW M5 got a touring model in 1992 in the second generation and in 2007 in the fourth generation. The BMW M3 Touring will be produced at the BMW Group plant in Munich from November 2022 and will be launched on the market at the same time.