BMW debuted the 2023 M3 Touring earlier this week and finally built an official M3 car. The public had the chance to see the new M3 in motion at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed when the Duke of Richmond took the wagon up the hill. The rainy weather did not hinder the Duke as he accelerated along the winding road.
While the M3 Touring packs a huge punch in terms of power, it channels all that power through an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission to the xDrive all-wheel drive system, which is nice to have on the wet. The M3’s 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine produces 503 horsepower (375 kilowatts) and 479 pound-feet (649 Newton meters) of torque. It is the only power because BMW only offers the M3 Touring in Competition specification.
The long-roof BMW is capable of reaching 100 kilometers per hour in 3.6 seconds and reaching a speed of 174 mph (280 km/h). However, this is only possible with the M Driver’s Package. Without this, the top speed of the car drops to 250 km/h.
BMW first teased the M3 Touring in the summer of 2020, and it’s only just now making its debut. That may seem long, but BMW had to adapt the 3 Series Touring to make the M3 wagon. The M3 Touring is 3.3 inches longer and 3 inches wider, which is extra space BMW needed to accommodate the new rear axle. Yes, the bigger size adds weight, but it’s also a new, practical M car that isn’t a crossover, so shut up.
The M3 Touring also gets an elongated dashboard-mounted screen that houses the infotainment screen and driver display. It brings with it BMW’s latest iDrive 8 infotainment software. You won’t find this in the M3 sedan, so if you want the latest technology, grab the wagon, but you won’t be able to if you live in America. However, if you live in Germany or the UK, deliveries will start in December before rolling out to other markets.
Not surprisingly, the US will not get the car if consumers here continue to prefer crossovers, SUVs and trucks. However, it is exciting to see the official M3 Touring wagon on the road.