BMW M3 Touring: the sporty station wagon

This is a great first time for BMW, the 3 Series Touring station wagon is offered in a high performance BMW M3 Competition M. xDrive Touring version. This model captures the style elements of the M3 sedan with the front, the two impressive beans, tapered headlights, the large side air intakes, M-gills in the side panels, while at the rear we find the four exhaust pipes integrated in the rear apron. , two on the left and two on the right. Regardless of which body color is chosen, the roof will be glossy black and fitted with roof hangers with a spoiler at the rear.

A supposed resemblance to the M3 sedan, which also gives it its 510 hp six-cylinder engine.

Under the bonnet is also the M3 sedan’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder unit. It develops 510 hp and a maximum torque of 650 Nm. This engine is mated to an eight-speed M-transmission with DriveLogic, which allows for three gear shift modes that can be controlled from the steering wheel using the gear shift shoes. For the best possible traction, the four drive wheels are controlled by the M xDrive four-wheel drive connected to an active M differential on the rear axle (in Sport mode you can deactivate the DSC to find yourself at the wheel of a propulsion). For total joy at the steering wheel, the exhaust is equipped with electrically controlled valves, which generate a beautiful sound and increase the joy of the senses.

Spoiler that extends the roof, four exhaust outlets, bodybuilder body, wide tires, BMW M3 Competition M xDrive Touring assumes its beautiful sportiness.
Spoiler that extends the roof, four exhaust outlets, bodybuilder body, wide tires, BMW M3 Competition M xDrive Touring assumes its beautiful sportiness.

Thanks to the 510 hp six-cylinder unit that drives it, the BMW M3 Competition M xDrive Touring station wagon is able to perform at top level with 0 to 100 km / h in 3.6 seconds, a speed of 200 km / h achieved in 12 , 9 seconds. And if that was not enough, the electronically limited top speed of 250 km / h is increased with the M Experience Pack to 280 km / h. Of course, this kind of sporting skill will be appreciated on the track or on the stretches of German highways that are not limited. To prove the efficiency of the chassis and engine of this BMW M3 Touring, BMW got it to meet the famous Nürburgring track and more precisely the northern loop (Nordschleife), where the race car broke the record for the station wagon category with a time of 7 ’35 ” 060. It is ten seconds less than the previous record in the Mercedes-AMG E63 S station wagon, which still exhibits 100 hp more!

First M3 break, this model has an efficient chassis and shows very high performance.
First M3 break, this model has an efficient chassis and shows very high performance.

This race car comes standard with a dual-link suspension front axle and a five-link rear axle, SelectDrive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers and Servotronic M steering with variable assistance. To brake the BMW M3 Competition M xDrive Touring station wagon with ease, there is a brake system with two settings for pedal feel and optional M Carbon ceramic brakes.

Solidly placed on its 19-inch wheels at the front and 20-inches at the rear, the BMW M3 Competition M xDrive Touring station wagon is ready to take on all types of terrain.
Solidly placed on its 19-inch wheels at the front and 20-inches at the rear, the BMW M3 Competition M xDrive Touring station wagon is ready to take on all types of terrain.

On board the BMW M3 Competition M xDrive Touring station wagon, the atmosphere is sporty. Especially if you choose to choose M Carbon bucket seats. They have carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CRFP) structural elements that reduce weight by 9.6 kg compared to standard M Sport seats. The latter are heated and electrically adjustable with memory, the crews are in Merino leather. Facing the driver, the curved BMW Curved Display is standard with a 12.3-inch instrument panel and a 14.9-inch infotainment screen. A glazed surface sloping towards the driver covers the two screens. A HUD head-up display is also available as an option. The driver also has the right to direct access to the engine, chassis, brake system and M xDrive transmission adjustment options thanks to the M-specific control and steering system and can prioritize different driving modes. The M mode button on the center console can also be used to adjust the responses from the driving assistance systems and the content displayed on the information screen and head-up display.

With M Carbon bucket seats (top) as an option, the sportiness is there.  But the atmosphere is just as comfortable with the M Sport seats offered as standard (bottom).
With M Carbon bucket seats (top) as an option, the sportiness is there. But the atmosphere is just as comfortable with the M Sport seats offered as standard (bottom).

The equipment offered as standard is complete with three-zone air conditioning, the BMW Live Cockpit Navigation Plus system with BMW Maps, hi-fi speakers, a latest generation of BMW iDrive system combined with a BMW 8.0 interface combined with the personal assistant enables better operator-machine interaction using natural voice and touch commands. A 5G-compatible antenna ensures optimized connection between the vehicle and the outside. The BMW M3 Competition M xDrive Touring is also full of driving aids. Default is the frontal collision warning, speed limit display associated with the non-overtaking indicator, lane departure warning and parking distance control. As an option, you can select Drive Assist Pro with steering assistant and lane control, active cruise control (Stop & Go function), light signal detection and active navigation, parking assistant with rear assistant.

A proper trunk that allows you to go on vacation with your family without risking leaving things on the sidewalk.
A proper trunk that allows you to go on vacation with your family without risking leaving things on the sidewalk.

We will not forget to talk about the comfort and practical aspects of this BMW M3 Competition M xDrive Touring station wagon. Who says station wagon, says loading volume and behind the bench files (in three parts 40/20/40) there is a beautiful 500-liter trunk, which can be increased to 1,510 liters when the bench seat is folded down. For easier loading, you can count on an automatic control of the tailgate and a rear window with a separate opening. A compartment under the luggage compartment floor is used to store the luggage compartment separation net and the luggage compartment cover. As an option, there are non-slip rails, which are automatically lifted up from the luggage compartment floor and prevent luggage from slipping.

By offering the M3 in station wagon body, BMW comes up against the Audi RS4 Avant, which also has four-wheel drive (Quattro).
By offering the M3 in station wagon body, BMW comes up against the Audi RS4 Avant, which also has four-wheel drive (Quattro).

Orders for the BMW M3 Competition M xDrive Touring will be open from September 2022, the price of this model is already known. The entry level is shown at € 111,950, or € 6,750 more than the M3 Competition Sedan, whose starting level does not have four-wheel drive (equipment is billed at € 4,500).

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