BMW introduced the first station wagon version for its top-performer 3 Series, the M3, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2022, aiming at those drivers who still asked for speed even after their families grew.
BMW was not at its first try to sell a station wagon based on an M-badged vehicle. It did that for the first time with the M5 Touring in 1992, but with limited success.
Sharing the same front fascia with its sedan sibling, the M3 Touring showed the same tall kidney-grille, albeit some called those nostrils. It was a love or hate affair for the BMW, but nevertheless very discussed worldwide. The lower bumper featured an air-intake for the engine and two side scoops to cool the brakes and divert the airflow around the bodywork. From its profile, the M3 Touring revealed its long roof ended with a small and curved roof spoiler. At the back, the quad-exhaust system and the diffuser kept the same look as the sedan, but the bumper featured a lower cut for the tailgate.
Inside, the curved display and the front seats were carried over from the M3 sedan. At the back, up to three passengers could sit on the split-folding bench that could expand the trunk area from 500 liters (17.65 cu-ft) to a respectable 1,510 liters (53.3 cu-ft). But, due to the transmission tunnel that crossed the car from front to back, it was difficult to place a third person in the middle.
Under the hood, the carmaker installed the same inline-six, fitted with BMW's TwinPower Turbo technology powerplant that provided 503 PS (510 hp). It was paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and sent the power in all corners.
ENGINE SPECS - Competition M xDrive 8AT AWD (510 HP)
|Power:||375.1 KW @ 6250 RPM|
510 HP @ 6250 RPM
503 BHP @ 6250 RPM
|Torque:||479 lb-ft @ 2750-5500 RPM|
650 Nm @ 2750-5500 RPM
|Fuel System:||Turbocharged Direct Injection|
|Fuel capacity:||15.6 gallons (59.1 L)|
|Top Speed:||155 mph (249 km/h)|
|Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):||3.6 s|
|Drive Type:||All Wheel Drive|
|Gearbox:||8-speed automatic M Steptronic with Drivelogic|
|Tire Size:||275/35 ZR19 100Y XL // 285/30 ZR20 99Y XL|
|Length:||188.7 in (4793 mm)|
|Width:||74.9 in (1902 mm)|
|Height:||56.5 in (1435 mm)|
|Front/rear Track:||63.7/63.2 in (1,618/1,605 mm)|
|Wheelbase:||113.2 in (2875 mm)|
|Ground Clearance:||4.8 in (122 mm)|
|Cargo Volume:||17.7 cuFT (501 L)|
|Aerodynamics (frontal area):||2.34 m2|
|Turning circle:||40 ft (12.2 m)|
|Unladen Weight:||4112 lbs (1865 kg)|
|Gross Weight Limit:||5225 lbs (2370 kg)|
FUEL ECONOMY (WLTP)
|Combined:||22.6 mpg US (10.4 L/100Km)|