Throughout the BMW M3’s 36-year history, a wagon body style was never conceived. The high-performance version of the 3 Series was always available either as a coupe or as a sedan, but never in a body style that car enthusiasts have always wished for. That’s all changed today as for the first time ever, a BMW M3 Touring has been made available for sale.
In terms of design, the BMW M3 Touring is pretty much what you expect from the wagon version of the M3 sedan. That bucktooth grille is still there, but almost all is forgiven because the M3 in wagon form just looks so good. The usual M bits are there, such as the wider fenders, quad exhausts, M aerodynamic mirrors, and a set of staggered wheels with those at the front measuring 19 inches and the rear ones at 20 inches.
The interior is also likewise your standard fare for the M3, which means it follows the footsteps of the 2023 update that brings with it a revised dash design. The iDrive 8 that debuted in the iX electric SUV has also made its way to the M3 Touring, while BMW is proud to highlight that the M3 Touring is the most practical M3 ever. With all the seats folded, BMW claims that the M3 Touring is capable of offering 1,510 liters of space.
The BMW M3 Touring will only be available in Competition form, which means it uses a 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six that produces 503 hp and 650 Nm of torque. As with every new M car, this engine is connected to an eight-speed automatic, and in the case of the M3 Touring, this provides power to an M xDrive all-wheel drive (AWD) system. This enables the M3 Touring Competition to sprint from 0-100 kph in just 3.6 seconds, all the way to a top speed of 280 kph.
The BMW M3 Touring also comes with an M-tuned suspension and an Active M differential. As standard, the brakes are more capable than the standard 3 Series Touring, but those who want even more stopping power can opt for the optional carbon-ceramic brakes. Combined with its powerful engine, the M3 Touring became the fastest wagon to go around the Nurburgring, as it went around the track in just 7 mins, 35.060 seconds. For perspective, that’s faster than the BMW M5 Competition, which comes with a bigger, more powerful twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 that produces 625 horsepower and 750 Nm of torque.
Since wagons are only popular mostly in Europe and a few select markets around the world, the BMW M3 Touring’s arrival in the Philippines is very slim. Still, if you’re in Europe and Australia, you’ll be happy to know that production will begin in November, while those living in Germany, BMW’s home market, can place their orders as early as September.