The BMW M3 Touring is a station wagon that is both capable of hauling family and cargo (with space for up to 1,510 liters/53.32 cu. ft.) as well as flaunting a marvelous Nürburgring Nordschleife record SW lap time of 7 minutes and 35.060 seconds, is finally official. And it will arrive at the Goodwood FoS (June 23-26) with its new body variant designed to challenge traditional rivals: Audi RS 4 Avant, Mercedes-AMG C 43 4Matic.
Interestingly, the Bavarian automaker made sure the newcomer will take the icing off the high-performance premium compact segment’s cake, flaunting up to 503 hp (510 ps) via its ubiquitous six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, “eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic, and the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system.” So, it opposes those ponies to AMG’s 402 hp inline-four MHEV and Audi’s 444 hp 2.9-liter TFSI twin-turbo V6.
That means upcoming drag and roll races will have a definitive favorite. Until then, BMW M GmbH also wants us to know that its first-ever M3 Touring (at least as far as production wagons are concerned) combines authentic motorsport feeling with a very distinct character and a broader spread of practical qualities.
As such, nothing was forgotten, from the extreme M performance (like a 62 mph/100 kph sprint time of 3.6s and up to 174 mph/280 kph top speed) to everyday usability features like 40:20:40 rear backrest split capability or high-tech connectivity features via the latest iDrive and BMW’s Curved Display.