BMW M3 Touring – New technical details
Ahead of the unveiling of the first-ever M3 Touring, BMW M released more details today. The BMW M3 Touring also has a special nickname: “Bielefeld”. The latest Youtube video traces the development process of the G81 M3 Touring, followed by a few laps on the famous Nurburgring.
When the BMW M3 Touring makes its debut, it will, for all intents and purposes, be a wagon version of the M3 Competition xDrive. Which means it’ll have that car‘s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six – making 503 horsepower and 479 lb-ft – its eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and xDrive all-wheel drive.
The xDrive competition models will be by far the most popular M3/M4 models, once they are on sale for a while. It therefore makes sense to equip the relatively limited-run M3 Touring with the more popular running gear. Top speed is normally limited to 250 km/h, but with the M Driver’s Package this electronic limit can be pushed up to 280 km/h. No other variant of the M3 Touring will be made, so don’t expect a rear-wheel-drive manual version.
Comes with a facelift design
When the BMW M3 Touring launches, it will be part of the M3’s LCI facelift, which means it will get a slightly updated look, as well as some updates to its cabin. One of those interior updates will be the BMW i4’s latest iDrive 8 system, along with the large curved screen. The left LCD screen measures 12.3 inches in the i4/iX while the right touchscreen measures 14.9 inches.
We don’t expect many changes on the outside though. The large grille will also remain. Of course, the current BMW 3 Series Touring already foreshadows the design history of the M3 Touring. So expect a sports wagon design with the usual M aerodynamic elements. Which means it gets flared wheel arches, a massive rear diffuser and quad tailpipes, the latter of which is a typical M-Division staple.
Let’s take a look at the video below and stay tuned for the full reveal sometime in June! Pricing will also be communicated later, but we expect a similar price to the M3/M4 Competition xDrive models. [Render by Motor.es]