BMW M3 2023 touring station wagon

BMW unveils the M3 Touring that may not be suitable for North America

The new five-door M3 will make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​later this month, and oh, my word, do we want it?

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BMW M continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary with the launch of the first-ever M3 Touring.

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The performance wagon, a first in M3 racing for 36 years, is 3.3 inches longer and 3 inches longer than the standard M3, giving it an added benefit that it thinks will make it ideal for North American shoppers. Unfortunately, as it stands, neither North America nor China will receive the five-door.

European drivers will be able to distinguish the car on the roads not only by its additional door, but also by the BMW kidneyless grille and large air vents at the front, along with the sculpted wheel arches and side skirts that form a band around the car along with the front apron. and rear, which includes the latter exhaust pipes.

Regardless of the paint color selected, every M3 Touring will carry a black high-gloss roof with standard roof rails, although the roof can be made to match the bodywork (including the M Carbon exterior) as an option.

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The new chassis model houses a familiar source of power: a six-cylinder engine with M TwinPower Turbo is also present in the M3 and M4 models, as well as at the heart of the M4 GT3 endurance car. Here in the M3 Touring it produces 510 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, which goes through the 8-speed Steptronic transmission with paddle shifters. It also looks a little different thanks to the M exhaust with electronically controlled flaps. The car features the brand’s xDrive AWD engine, but can be manually entered into good old-fashioned rear-wheel drive mode with Dynamic Stability Control canceled.

The BMW M3 Touring will sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds; And from zero to 200 km / h in 12.9 seconds. And with the M Driver’s Package, the top speed is increased from 250 km/h to 280 km/h.

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Modifications have also been made to the M3’s chassis to ensure it lives up to its “Touring” moniker, including stiffer front and rear axles, and electronically controlled shock absorbers. Stopping power comes from either the standard M Composite brakes or the optional M carbon ceramic brakes, all set on 19-inch front and 20-inch light-alloy wheels with racing tires as an option.

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Inside, the brand’s curved display including a 12.3-inch information screen adorns the instrument panel, with a number of M-specific widgets appearing on the display behind the steering wheel and below the BMW front-display. The M Mode button on the center console allows you to adjust the various driver assistance systems. At the rear, the vehicle’s added dimensions create 53.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down. This space can be filled via the tailgate with an automatic tailgate or through the rear window that opens separately.

The front seats are either standard M Sport units in Merino leather. Or the optional M Carbon bucket seats that weigh 9.6 kg thanks to the use of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic.

The full BMW M3 Touring will be revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​later this month, with orders for those lucky enough to live in the right places to open in September, on a production start date in November.

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