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The BMW M3 Touring offers a total of 503bhp from a six-cylinder at the front, and 500 litres of boot space at the back. And we want one.

22 Jun 2022 | International News : Germany

After months of anticipation since its first confirmation and official teaser, BMW has finally revealed the new M3 Touring.

Why get excited for the BMW M3 Touring? To start, this petrol-powered performance estate could well be the last of its kind. Audi and Mercedes have been pushing out compact estates for the longest time, but it has been years since the 3 Series has had a proper performance Touring variant like this.

The BMW M3 gets a model-specific roof spoiler, at the rear, alongside a quartet of tailpipes as is customary at BMW M
And those other two firms look well intent on pushing out electrified and all-electric versions of their estates as well, such as this, or this. Add to that the fact that in the longer term, all these premium marques will make the move towards electrification, and the fact that young families are all gravitating towards SUVs, and the writing is clear on the walls.

But enough of the doom and gloom. There's a hot car here and we should be happy.

Second reason the get excited about the BMW M3 Touring: It's mighty capable. No compromises from BMW here when it comes to making the switch over to the five-door body.

High gloss black roof comes as standard, although customers may opt for one to be finished in the body colour
So, this BMW M3 Touring gets the 3.0-litre six-cylinder as we have seen in the M3 Competition and M4 Competition at the front. That means a total output of 503bhp, and 650Nm of torque. All this power will be put to the road via an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission and a BMW M xDrive all-wheel-drive system, which teams up with the Active M Differential at the rear axle.

Combine all those parts and what you get is a zero to 100km/h sprint time of 3.6 seconds, and the assurance to take on such bursts of acceleration, no matter the weather or surface conditions.

But perhaps you don't really want grippy assured confidence? Well, no matter. Select the 4WD Sport mode via the setup menu and you'll get a more rear-biased tuning from the xDrive system. Turn off Dynamic Stability Control, BMW states, and your BMW M3 Touring becomes effectively a two-wheel drive car. Happy days.

The BMW M3 Touring get the firm's Curved Display in the cabin, running BMW's Operating System 8
And this BMW M3 Touring will do all the work expected of an estate as well.

Over to the rear, there's 500 litres of cargo capacity, which expands to 1,510 litres with the seats folded down. In other words, not one litre of space lost to the regular 3 Series Touring which has just been facelifted.

Those seated within will be kept might comfortable on longer journeys, BMW states, thanks to the Adaptive M suspension, which deploys via a double-joint spring strut setup at the front axle and a five-link setup at the rear.

And should you manage to secure a front seat, there's also the BMW Curved Display for you to play with, which merges a 12.3-inch information display with a 14.9-inch control display.

500-litre boot offers exactly the same space as in the regular BMW 3 Series Touring models
And one final reason to get excited: Just look at the thing!

We'll have no talk about that front grille here: Consensus around the office is that this M3 Touring is just outright gorgeous, its stretched body doing a wonderful job of visually lowering the car. If you must have the figures: BMW racks the M3 Touring up at 85mm longer, 76mm wider, and four millimetres lower than the aforementioned regular BMW 3 Series Touring.

There's also flared wheel arches, characteristic M gills and extended side skirts to rest your eyes upon, all finished in gloss black. Roof rails will come as standard for the BMW M3 Touring, while a rather tasty roof spoiler at the rear, sporting a model-specific Gurney air flap that finishes off the estate at the rear.

Still need more reasons to bang on BMW's showroom doors for one?

Come later this year, BMW M is set to unveil a new BMW XM. It is already set to sport a V8, paired to an electric motor. It will no doubt be impressive, being the first bespoke BMW M model since the M1. But it will also usher in a new era of electrified power for the performance brand, just as the firm once made the change over to turbocharging after bringing its high-revving naturally-aspirated engines to a zenith. So this petrol-only M3 Touring will well be the last of its kind, alongside the upcoming M2 Coupe and its subsequent hardcore derivatives. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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