BMW has been teasing enthusiasts with the possibility of an M3 Touring for years. Finally, the German automaker has decided to grant their wish.
The BMW M3 Touring has been developed to offer the perfect blend of practicality and performance. It’s a vehicle that can carry a family and their luggage while offering exceptional driving dynamics that would put many sports cars to shame.
The M3 Touring is powered by a 3.0-liter, in-line turbo six-cylinder gasoline engine that delivers 375 kW (503 horsepower) of power and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque. It comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system that can deliver power to the rear wheels when needed.
Despite being a wagon, the M3 Touring can sprint from zero to 62 mph in just 3.6 seconds, thanks to its powerful engine and advanced all-wheel-drive system. It can reach a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph), which can be increased to 280 km/h (174 mph) with the M Driver’s Package.
The M3 Touring’s performance is not limited to straight-line speed. It also boasts exceptional handling and agility. BMW has fitted it with an Active M rear differential and an adaptive M suspension that can adjust to different driving situations.
One of the most interesting features of the M3 Touring is its drift mode. This mode allows the driver to deactivate the front axle of the all-wheel-drive system and turn the car into a rear-wheel-drive vehicle. It also has 10 stages of drift angles that the car’s skid-control systems can take care of regardless of driver skill.
The M3 Touring is not just a performance machine; it’s also a practical vehicle. It has a spacious interior that can comfortably seat five passengers, and its wagon body style offers a generous cargo space of 480 liters (17 cubic feet) with the rear seats in place. This can be expanded to 1,510 liters (53 cubic feet) when the rear seats are folded down.
BMW has also equipped the M3 Touring with several advanced features, including the latest iDrive 8 infotainment system, a digital instrument cluster, and an array of driver assistance technologies such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking.
However, the M3 Touring is not coming to the United States any time soon, despite the popularity of performance SUVs in the American market. BMW argues that performance wagons have never found traction in the US, but this decision has disappointed many American enthusiasts who were eagerly waiting for the M3 Touring.
The M3 Touring is scheduled to go into production in November, with deliveries starting in December in selected markets. It will be available in Germany, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Switzerland, South Korea, and Japan.