After years of exclusivity, BMW has finally built what its fans have been craving: the M3 wagon. He is scheduled to be in Australia early next year.
The 2023 BMW M3 Touring It was revealed, ahead of the Australian launch scheduled for the first quarter of 2023 (January-March).
Two decades after BMW built a one-off E46′ M3 Touring model, the first series production M3 estate was unveiled, incorporating the latest mechanical ‘G80’ M3 sedans with the standard 3-Series long-roof bodywork.
While the sedan can be had in three drivetrain configurations — with rear-wheel drive and manual transmission — the M3 Touring is available exclusively in high-production Competition trim, with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
The competition badge awards the first M3 wagon – or fully rename it, the M3 Competition Touring with M xDrive – with 375 kW And the 650 Nm From 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged “S58” six-cylinder.
BMW claims a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 3.6 seconds (one tenth slower than a sedan), a 0-200 km/h time of 12.9 seconds, and a top speed of 250 km/h as standard, or 280 km/h with a package M Driver.
An M xDrive all-wheel drive system is shared with its sibling sedan, with a choice of standard all-wheel drive mode, 4WD Sport (which transmits more power to the rear), and a 2WD setting that separates the front axle and disables stability control.
The M3 Touring benefits from the unique tone of its adaptive suspension – designed to account for the extra weight above the rear axle – complemented by stiffer springs, and a variety of drive modes from Comfort to Sport Plus.
Performance elements carried over from the M3 Competition xDrive sedan include variable sport steering, a rear limited-slip differential, aluminum struts under the chassis and multistage traction control.
Arches fill 19-inch front and 20-inch wheels in a brushed M3 Touring-specific design, wrapped in 275/35 front and 285/30 rear Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. Track Frames are available as an option.
Standard fit M composite brakes front six-piston and rear single-piston – likely with 380mm discs front and 370mm rear, per M3 sedan – which can be upgraded to carbon-ceramic discs as an option (possibly 400mm front and 380mm rear) .
The design of the M3 Touring is as the model name implies: a high-performance M version of the 3 Series Touring, incorporating front and rear ends unique to the M3 sedan, side skirts, four exhaust tips and a hood.
Compared to the standard 3 Series Touring, it’s 85mm longer due to the new fenders, 4mm lower, and 76mm lower thanks to the rear wheel arches designed to house the M3’s wider rear axle.
The roof is painted black regardless of the body color selected – although the body-color roof is optional – as are black roof rails, and the M3 Touring’s Gurney Cover at the top of its rear spoiler.
Inside, the M3 Touring benefits from the new iDrive 8 dashboard for the 2023 M3 sedan, which incorporates a 14.9-inch central touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital display in a single curved dashboard.
Other interior highlights include carbon fiber interior trim, an M-specific gear selector and drive mode button assembly, and M1 and M2 badges on the M3’s steering wheel.
Front passengers sit in standard power-adjustable M Sport seats, trimmed in Merino leather with heating and memory – with M Carbon seats available as an option, which claim 9.6kg savings through carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic used for the backrests.
boot space? There are 500 liters behind the rear seats, which expands to 1,510 liters with the 40:20:40 seat folded.
A hands-free power tailgate, under-floor stowage space, a luggage net, a separately opening rear window, and ‘anti-roll’ bars that automatically raise to support the cargo are all standard.
Other standard features will include three-zone climate control, ambient interior lighting, auto-dimming mirrors, and Driving Assistant Professional for safety features including adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency brake, parking sensors, lane positioning assist, automatic parking and movement Traffic detection light.
The 2023 BMW M3 Touring It will arrive in Australia early next year, with pricing confirmed as the launch date approaches.
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