It took six generations, but finally a BMW M3 station wagon has arrived.
On Wednesday, the German brand’s performance division unveiled the highly anticipated M3 with a long roof. With a 503hp powertrain and all-wheel drive, it’s a true high-performance station wagon. There’s only one problem, and it’s pretty big as far as we’re concerned: it’s not meant for the United States.
This is the first M3 carriage since the model was first introduced in 1986, albeit, like Car and driver points out, one almost debuted during the E36 generation (1992–1999). It joins the M3 sedan and M4 coupe as mid-size models in the M line, which also includes four SUVs. The latest addition looks almost identical to the other M3, including the giant kidney grills up front, with one noticeable difference: the roof of the wagon extends past the C-pillar to a rear hatch. It looks quite similar to the current generation 3 Series Touring, only much sportier due to its heavily sculpted body and massive rear diffuser.
The interior of the M3 Touring is also reminiscent of the sedan version of the vehicle. The driver’s cockpit and dashboard will be familiar to anyone sitting in the current M3, although the latter is equipped with an all-new 14.9-inch curved touchscreen running BMW’s OS 8 software suite. The biggest change, yet, is in the rear. The extended roof pushes the vehicles’ carrying capacity to 18 cubic feet, a number that increases to 53 cubic feet when the seats are folded down.
Like the top-of-the-line M3 Competition xDrive sedan, the Touring is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline six. The mill is mated to the eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels and is capable of producing a whopping 510 horsepower and 479 foot pounds of peak torque, according to the brand. Thanks to this you will be able to sprint from zero to 100 km / h in 3.6 seconds, from zero to 190 km / h in 12.9 seconds and push the car to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km / h. If he opts for the M driver package, the latter figure jumps to 174 mph. BMW’s xDrive system will also allow you to alternate between four-wheel drive, four-wheel-drive Sport, rear-wheel drive and there is also a mode that will make drifting easier. If nothing else, the wagon should be fun to drive.
Unfortunately, for now, American pilots will not be able to join in the fun. The M3 Touring, which will make its official debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend, will go on sale later this year in virtually all regions except North America, suggesting BMW doesn’t think it will sell here. Fortunately, other brands, such as Audi (the RS6 Avant) and Porsche (Taycan Cross Turismo), would seem to disagree. Hopefully their German counterparts will see the light sooner or later.
See more photos of the M3 Touring below: