BMW M3 Touring MotoGP Safety Car Oozes M Performance Parts, Will Go Racing Today

Following hot on the heels of the first-ever M3 Touring, which premiered earlier this week, BMW’s M Division has now pulled the wraps off the M3 Touring MotoGP Safety Car.
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Shown to the world in a premiere at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom, which kicks off today (June 23), and ends on Sunday (June 26), it will take on the famous hill climb on all days of the event. Subsequently, it will start performing its duties in early August, during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

In our decades-long partnership with MotoGP rights holder Dorna Sports, it has always been of the utmost importance to us to put the latest BMW M models at the service of track safety, and with the BMW M3 Touring MotoGP Safety Car we continue this tradition,” said BMW M’s Managing Director, Frank van Meel. “We are very much looking forward to seeing its performance at the legendary hill climb at Goodwood, and then later in action on the track in the premier class of motorcycle racing.

Setting it apart from the normal M3 Touring is the special livery that pays homage to the 50th birthday of BMW M. It is also equipped with emergency lights, strobes, racing seats signed by Recaro with four-point harnesses, fuel extraction system, and a few other gizmos. At the same time, the M3 Touring MotoGP Safety Car boasts the entire range of M Performance parts.

Powering it is the same 3.0-liter straight-six, with twin-turbocharging, and 503 hp (510 ps / 375 kW) and 479 lb-ft (650 Nm) of torque bouncing off the walls. The thrust is channeled to the rear-biased xDrive all-wheel drive system through a dual-clutch eight-speed automatic transmission. The M3 Touring does the 0 to 62 mph (0-100 kph) in 3.6 seconds and can keep going up to 174 mph (280 kph).
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Editor's note: Press release translated from German using Google Translate.

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