Approximately three and a half decades after debuting its original M3 in 1986, BMW has finally revealed the final production-ready M3 Touring — a sleek new sport wagon that maintains the M3/M4’s high standards for performance and impressive lap times while still lending itself to grocery-getting, family-hauling, and daily driving duties.
Under the hood, the M3 Touring packs an M TwinPower-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine that’s good for 510hp and 479ft-lbs of torque. Also the basis for BMW’s M4 GT3 endurance racer, this bi-turbo’d straight-six is mated to an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic — a paddle-shifted system that offers three different gearshift programs. This setup affords the car a 0-60mph time of around 3.5 seconds and a (limited) top speed of 155mph, though this figure can be increased to 174mph with the optional M Driver’s Package. Keeping the vehicle planted is a specially-tuned chassis that’s been paired with a high-performance Adaptive M suspension package with a double-joint spring strut front axle, a five-link rear axle, electronically controlled shock absorbers, and M Servotronic steering.
Joining the sedan, coupé, and convertible in BMW’s M3/M4 range, the M3 Touring also comes standard with (19” front, 20” rear) M light-alloy wheels and an M Compound braking system — the former of which is available with optional track tires while the latter can be upgraded to M Carbon-Ceramic brakes. In addition to an M-specific exhaust system with electronically-controlled baffles, the six-banger also benefits from BMW’s M xDrive all-wheel-drive system and an Active M rear differential. The BMW M3 Touring also boasts dedicated ROAD, SPORT, and TRACK settings, M Traction Control, an M Drift Analyzer, BMW’s M Laptimer, and a DSC system with wheel slip limitation that’s been integrated into the sport wagon’s ECU. The leather-trimmed interior of the car features carbon-backed M Sport seats, an M-specific Head-Up display, and a large rear luggage compartment with folding rear seats that collectively offer 1,510 liters of storage space.
Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of BMW’s M Motorsports Division, the 2023 BMW M3 Touring will be available for order starting in September 2022, prior to production beginning in November. The new M3 Touring sport wagon will also be built by hand — alongside the BMW M3 sedan — at BMW’s Munich plant.