As every petrolhead and their neighbor knows, the M3 Touring is offered in the Competition xDrive flavor, meaning that it packs the punchier version of the twin-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six, and the rear-biased, all-wheel drive system. The engine develops 503 hp and 479 lb-ft (650 Nm) of torque, directed to both axles via a dual-clutch eight-speed automatic transmission. In this configuration, you are looking at 3.6 seconds required to hit 62 mph (100 kph) from a standstill, and a 174 mph (280 kph) top speed.
BMW will kick off the assembly of their rival to the likes of the Audi RS 4 Avant and Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate in November, though the car will officially launch in several European countries two months earlier. It will also go on sale in global markets, with Australia getting theirs in right-hand drive configuration. In case you forgot, BMW’s M Division has chosen not to offer the first-ever M3 Touring in our market, so it won’t apply for a U.S. visa, which is a pity. Nonetheless, neither Audi Sport nor Mercedes-AMG are offering the RS 4 Avant and C 63 Estate, respectively, in the United States either.