The BMW M3 Touring 503-HP combines functionality and performance

The BMW M3 Touring 503-HP combines functionality and performance

  • The M3 tall engine combines a station wagon body with a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline engine.
  • It has standard xDrive all-wheel drive system including RWD drift mode.
  • It will go on sale in Europe (and elsewhere) later this year but it looks like it won’t come to the US

    We often get frustrated when European automakers reject cars on the grounds that they will be in limited demand in the United States. Sadly, this is one of those occasions, with BMW’s official car assertion that rational market forces will deprive us. Meet the new BMW M3 Touring.

    That’s right, it’s the M3 wagon, the first BMW has built in six generations of the board. It’s close to last, having nearly released a tall-top version of the generation E36 M3 built between 1992 and 1999. But this one is the first that actually hits production, and based on these photos, it’s all as cool as you’d expect this to be. The combination of practicality and performance.

    The M3 Touring follows the M4 coupe, convertible and M3 sedan, and is set to make its official debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​in the UK this weekend. As you’d expect, it shares the station wagon chassis in the current 3-Series Touring, which remains a solid seller in Europe, with the M3 Competition all-wheel drive powertrain. And yes, it does keep the howitzer-caliber quad exhaust heads.

    That means power from a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six producing 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, delivered to the road via a standard eight-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive. The AWD system has an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch to distribute torque between its front and rear axle, as well as an intelligent rear differential that allows for a complete change in the amount of effort sent to each rear wheel. Like the sedan, it will also feature a pure rear-wheel drive mode, although it can only be determined by disengaging the DSC stability control system. Doing so will provide the additional dynamic option of the M Variable Traction Control feature which, according to BMW, “allows the skilled driver to enjoy a driving experience marked by remarkable refinement”. Or translated: big sleds.

    The new car is slightly heavier than the M4 coupe and M3 sedan, although BMW hasn’t confirmed it exactly. But it’ll still be brutally fast: BMW claims a sprint of 62mph in just 3.6 seconds — a tenth of the company’s claim to the sedan. Top speed will remain limited to 155 mph in standard form, though buyers who choose the M Driver’s package will see the increase to 174 mph.

    But it’s also a wagon, which will offer 18 cubic feet of claimed cargo capacity with the rear seats in place, and with that figure increased to 53 cubic feet with the seats folded. As with lower versions of the Touring 3-series, practicality is enhanced by the ability to open the tailgate glass separately, allowing small items to be placed in the loadspace without opening the luggage compartment.

    Besides the obvious changes to the bodywork, the M3 Touring sticks closely to the look of the sedan, but it also marks the debut in an M car of BMW’s new 8 OS, as well as a new 14.9-inch curved touchscreen. As the photos confirm, it extends from the edge of the integrated digital instrument cluster to overlap the front passenger’s position.

    There was an M-branded Touring model before this one, with the E60 generation of the M5 combining the chassis and the powerful performance of a 5.0-liter V10 engine. This is a little less practical, but also faster. It will go on sale in markets including the UK, Europe, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand and Australia later this year. Unfortunately it looks like there are no plans to bring him here.

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