Like the M3 Competition, the M3 Touring’s power is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission + xDrive AWD system (also available on the new M3/M4), and can be switched to pure rear-drive mode.
BMW officials say that the M3 Touring weighs only about 187 pounds more than the sedan version, and has a chassis specially tuned for the crockpot model, which is more tightly integrated with the body. There are also adaptive dampers and steering, complemented by carbon-ceramic brakes.
In terms of performance, the M3 Touring can sprint from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in just 3.6 seconds (just 0.1s behind the M3 sedan), with a top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h) as standard, optional The M package can reach 174 mph (280 km/h).
In terms of styling, the M3 Touring is not much different from everyone’s expectations, continuing the M3 coupe’s huge kidney grille, wide fender flares, quad exhaust, and aggressive bumper and diffuser designs.
Other changes on the station wagon include a larger rear spoiler, painted roof rails, and a gloss black roof as standard (other colors are optional). The default wheel size is 19 inches front / 20 inches rear, and more competitive tires are optional.
Inside, the M3 Touring offers the choice of partitioned carbon fiber bucket seats for the first row of seats, but there are regular split-folding seats in the rear. Even better, the rear window can be opened separately for easy access to items.
In terms of central control, BMW is the first to use a new model for the M3 TouringsurfaceThe screen – combining a 12.3-inch gauge and 14.9-inch touchscreen into a one-piece fascia – and the latest iDrive 8 system pre-installed.
As planned, the M3 Touring will meet the public for the first time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK later this month, with pre-orders starting in September and production starting in November alongside the M3 sedan at the German factory in Munich.