Introducing the very first BMW M3 Touring
In 1986 a legend was born in the form of the BMW M3. Based on the highly successful BMW 3 Series, the M3 was the M division's expression of high performance, featuring many a nod to what M stands for, motorsport.
With each new generation, the M3 has always been a coupé, convertible, or saloon. But, 2022 saw BMW M give enthusiasts and fans what they had been asking for, a Touring version.
This may seem crazy in a world where the SUV is seen as the king of the practical family cars, but there is something about a high-performance Touring (estate car) and the sheer cavalier attitude of it all.
Introducing the very first BMW M3 Touring.
Engines and Performance
The BMW M3 has always offered excellent high performance, and this latest G81 (that's the internal chassis code given by BMW M) is not lacking in textbook power or punch.
Its heart comes in the form of the racing-inspired, BMW M TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder petrol engine, which produces a colossal 503bhp – the same found in the M3 Saloon.
And if you were wondering about performance, the Touring is suitably M, with 0 to 62mph happening in a rapid 3.7 seconds, along with BMW xDrive all-wheel drive for enhanced grip all year round.
And if you thought all that performance means that practicality is actually dented, there is a massive 500-litre boot at your disposal, which increases to a colossal 1,510 litres with the rear seats folded.
Who said practicality and performance cannot be had together?
Chassis and Handling
Like all BMW M models, the M3 Touring is another driver-focused masterclass with the Touring mimicking the dynamic ability of its saloon sibling.
Focused fine-tuning has been carried out as part of intensive testing on multiple race tracks, country roads, and urban routes. With an increased high torsional stiffness applied to the body and chassis mountings, this ultra-practical M3 is blessed with even greater agility, dynamics, and precision. There is even enhanced and unique bracing elements in the underfloor and load compartment to keep the motorsport inspired performance available when you want it.
Furthermore, adaptive M suspension complemented with electronically controlled shock absorbers, which are joined by M Servotronic steering with a variable ratio, come as standard on the BMW M3 Touring, further enhancing the car's handling and dynamic ability.
Technology and Drive Modes
As a bona fide driver's car, the cockpit is a superb place to spend time behind the wheel. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is joined by a infotainment screen of 14.9 inches. Both are positioned toward the driver, naturally.
BMW Live Cockpit Plus including BMW Maps navigation system, ambient lighting, and hi-fi speaker system ensure the M3 Touring is a joy to live with, no matter the drive. And technology is further implemented to keep you safe thanks to Front Collision Warning, Speed Limit Display with no-overtaking indicator, Lane Departure Warning and Park Distance Control, all coming as standard.
As for 'Drive Modes' the clever DSC system includes wheel slip limitation integration. This is joined by M Dynamic Mode, with M Traction Control function as standard. The car can be switched to a more familiar BMW rear-wheel drive setting allowing the driver to adjust the intervention thresholds for wheel slip limitation through a comprehensive ten stages, in order to tailor the car's character when cornering hard on track.
- 19"/20"Alloy wheels - available in various designs
- 8-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic
- Extended Merino leather
- Carbon Fibre interior trim
- 12.3-inch digital instrument panel
- 14.9-inch centrally mounted infotainment touchscreen
- Wi-Fi interface
- Wireless phone charging
- Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
- Interior trim finishers Black high-gloss
BMW M3 Touring: Enquire now at Stratstone BMW
If you would like to register your interest in the new BMW M3 Touring, or to place an order, please contact your preferred Stratstone BMW retailer today.