BMW pulled the wraps off the M4 Competition Convertible earlier this week and now attention is turning to the final member of the M3/M4 family.
We’re talking about the M3 Touring, which was recently caught undergoing testing in Munich.
Designed to battle the Audi RS4 Avant and Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate, the high-performance wagon follows in the footsteps of the M3 sedan and features an aggressive front bumper with a sizeable schnoz. Moving further back, there are aerodynamic mirror caps, sporty side skirts and lightweight wheels that are backed up by a high-performance braking system with golden calipers.
The rear end is more notable as this is the first fully fledged M wagon. It closely echoes the standard model and this means we can expect a spacious boot that can hold up to 53.3 cubic feet (1510 liters) of luggage.
BMW hasn’t said much about the M3 Touring, but it should follow the paradigm of the M3, with the base models twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six producing 473 hp (352 kW / 479 PS) and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) of torque. This enables the sedan to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 4.1 seconds, so the wagon would likely be a bit slower.
Fans can also look forward to a Competition variant that has an upgraded engine producing 503 hp (375 kW / 510 PS) and 479 lb-ft (650 Nm) of torque. It will come packaged with a rear-biased all-wheel drive system and it should enable the model to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in less than four seconds.
When BMW announced the M3 Touring in 2020, it said it was in the early stages of its approximately two-year development process, which suggests that the wagon won’t arrive until next year.
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