After months of teasers and spyshots, BMW has finally unveiled its very first M3 Touring. Based on the 3 Series wagon, it uses the same twin-turbo inline six powertrain as in the M3 Competition sedan, all with the same chassis and traction. The only downside is that it won’t come to the United States.
The 3.0-liter S58 under the hood of the M3 Touring is unchanged from its sedan counterpart. That means 503 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque that automatically goes through an eight-speed ZF torque converter to an M-developed xDrive system. Drivers can choose between 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD, meaning you can still make massive drifts in your longroof tractor if you want to. There’s also a drift mode that lets you adjust how much angle you can carry before the system kicks in.
BMW says the M3 Touring can sprint to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds, to an electronically limited top speed of 255 km/h, or 274 km/h if you choose the M driver.
The adaptive M suspension has been re-tuned to the car’s body style, combined with variable-ratio steering. There are 19-inch wheels at the front and 20s at the rear, with ultra-tacky summer rubber available as an option. As on the M3 sedan, carbon ceramic is also available.
The exterior takes its look from the M3 sedan, with a pair of giant kidney grilles and reshaped front intakes. There’s also a dedicated rear bumper and side skirts to let everyone know you’re driving a real M car. Inside, the M3 Touring gets a huge curved display as standard, integrated with a 12.3-inch meter cluster and a 14.9-inch infotainment screen. Those fabulous carbon bucket seats are also on the option list.
BMW USA confirmed to us in 2020 that the M3 Touring would not be coming to North America, so those in the United States might as well give up hope now. It will compete with cars such as the Audi RS 4 Avant and Mercedes-AMG C63 wagon abroad.
If you want a fast car you can register in the US, there are a few solid choices, namely the Mercedes-AMG E63 S, the Audi RS 6 Avant, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo and the Taycan Sport Turismo.
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