BMW evaluates the M3 Touring in Australia
The BMW M3 Touring is due here in early 2023 in exclusive xDrive Competition guise, and now it’s priced… Well, in Australia at least, but we can use it to get a pretty good idea of how much will it cost here.
Pricing across the divide is expected to start at A$177,500, which is $8,000 more than the equivalent sedan. Straight conversion of the numbers isn’t often exact, but if BMW New Zealand adds a similar premium, we can expect the M3 Touring to be around the NZ$192,500 mark.
If that estimate is close to the truth (BMW NZ didn’t confirm anything to us), the big-box M3 will cost around $30,000 more than the Audi RS 4 but nearly $40,000 less than an RS 6. in, is right in between as well.
Those extra words after ‘Touring’ mean the wagon-ified M3 gets the 375kW/650Nm from the 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight-six engine sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
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Unfortunately for those hoping for a rear-drive wagon, BMW has no plans to offer the Touring in anything but xDrive.
Of course, since xDrive is fully variable these days, you can have it send power to the rear wheels exclusively by disabling traction control in Sport mode. Just make sure you’re on the trail and in your right mind before doing it.
Performance is suitably stunning, with a claimed (and probably understated) 0-60 mph claim of 3.6 seconds. Keep your foot squashed and you’ll hit 200 km/h in 12.9 seconds.
Besides the obvious body changes, BMW has also fitted the Touring with an M-specific rear axle, making it slightly wider and longer than the regular 3 Series wagon. The double-jointed strut front axle and the five-link rear axle also have M-specific kinematics. The suspension is adaptive, as you would expect from this type of car.
There are additional reinforcements under the car to keep everything rigid, which increases the weight by 90 kg compared to the four-door M3. You get 500 liters of storage for the price of weight, expandable to 1510L with the seats down, compared to the saloon’s 480 liters.
The interior is a mix of new and old. There’s the updated 3-Series pair of screens (a 12.3-inch screen behind the steering wheel and a 14.9-inch infotainment unit), but the gear selector is the tall, old style rather than the new little toggle switch.
Like the M3 Sedan, the Touring comes standard with M Sport seats with memory function and heating as well as Merino leather trim, with optional M Carbon bucket seats, reducing weight by 9.6kg.
First local deliveries are expected in the first quarter of 2023. Hopefully official pricing and final specifications will be announced in the near future.