BMW is finally responding to the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Wagon and Audi RS4 Avant taunts

Munich decided to offer a high-performance wagon based on the 3 Series and the BMW M division got involved immediately. After years of hopes, prayers, and fervent wishes, BMW is finally offering an M3 Touring (read: wagon). This is everything we know about it.

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Before we delve into the topic, know that BMW has made it clear that the M3 Touring isn’t coming to the USA, which is pretty sad news. That said, here’s what we know about the family-oriented M3.

News on the birth of a BMW M3 Touring came via a tight-lipped press release accompanied by a darkened photo of the car’s rear end. While the blurb did announce that BMW is kicking off on-the-road pre-production testing for the M3 Touring, the juicy details such as engine power and whatnot have been, understandably, left out. This is BMW’s way of building up some hype, by allowing and even encouraging speculation on what sort of firepower the M3 Touring will pack.

What Powers the 2021 BMW M3 Touring?

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As per BMW, “the six-cylinder M TwinPower turbo engine beneath the bonnet has been set.” Couple that with the fact that this will be an M3 (albeit in wagon shape) and it’s pretty clear that it’s going to get the same 3.0-liter inline-six reserved for the upcoming M3 sedan and M4 coupe.

The twin-turbo S58 powerplant debuted in the 2020 X3 M and 2020 X4 M, where it produces 473 horsepower (or 503 horsepower in Competition trim) and 442 pound-feet of torque. Car and Driver reports that inside the M3 Touring, the mill will marry to a standard six-speed manual and a Competition model is also in the cards with an eight-speed ZF automatic sending power to the rear axle. An xDrive version might also see daylight, but at this point, there’s no sort of information pointing in that direction.

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If the M3 Touring will indeed get 473 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque, it will outrank the Mercedes-AMG C 63 wagon in the power department, but not when it comes to torque.

The AMG cranks out 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of twist. There’s also the AMC C 64 S version, which ups the ante with 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. But this one would be a natural candidate for the M3 Touring Competition.

We already know from the 2020 BMW X3 M that the straight-six mill not only sounds great but it also has a smooth synergy with the ZF automatic, which makes the X3 M accelerate like a rocket. And if the engine-gearbox duo can move a fast and furious yet also heavy animal like the X3 M and X4 M (they both tip the scales at north of 4,600 pounds), then the dynamic gain of the supposedly lighter M3 Touring will translated into more goosebumps on your skin and extra driving thrills.

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As far as Audi’s backyard is concerned, the RS4 Avant, another direct competitor for the M3 Touring packs a 2.9-liter turbocharged V-6 making 443 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. Quattro all-wheel-drive is, of course, part of the mix, as is a self-locking center differential and the eight-speed automatic.

What will it look like?

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Here’s the bad news. A video posted by BMW’s Instagram account revealed that the M3 Touring will share the bucktooth grille with the incoming M4. So there’s that.

BMW, on the other hand, insists that the M3 Touring will flaunt “wide axles, conspicuously large front air intakes, and four exhaust tailpipes at the rear.” We didn’t have any doubts that from a visual standpoint, the M3 Touring will be a true M3 car.

Don’t expect a lot of changes inside, though. The interior will be identical to the M3 sedan’s, which in itself is bound to look like a sportier dressed version of the current G20 3 Series.

How Much Does the BMW M3 Touring Cost?

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Well, official pricing for the BMW M3 Touring is yet to be announced, but you can bet it won’t come cheap. The new M3 sedan should start at around €75,000 (roughly $89,300), so the M3 wagon might command a starting sticker of €80,000, perhaps even more, before options. That’s around $95,300 at current exchange rates.

Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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