BMW unveils first-ever M3 Touring

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BMW has finally unveiled its first-ever M3 Touring model. The souped-up family wagon comes in as the fourth model type in the M3 range alongside the Sedan, Coupé, and Convertible. It makes its global debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed where the German automotive marque also introduces the BMW M4 CSL to the UK market.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What engine will power the BMW M3 Touring model?

    The BMW M3 Touring will be powered by a fine-tuned 3.0-liter engine mated to an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission.
  • Where will the BMW M3 be built?

    According to BMW, the M3 Touring will be produced at BMW Group’s Munich Plant alongside the BMW M3 Sedan starting this November.
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    From the outside, the BMW M3 Touring looks as luxurious as it is athletic. At the fore is the vertically arranged, frameless BMW kidney grille complemented by opulent yet sporty exterior features including its large side air intakes, powerfully sculpted wheel arches, and prominently extended side skirts which, together with the attachment parts for the front and rear aprons, form a black high-gloss band around the whole of the wagon.

    It also sports a black high-gloss roof with standard roof rails and a model-specific Gurney air-directing flap on the roof spoiler that also come in a similar hue.

    Other distinctive features are the M gills in the front side panels and the exhaust tailpipes integrated into the rear apron.

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    Inside, the BMW M3 Touring wows both driver and passengers with the BMW Curved Display. The fully digital screen grouping is made up of a 12.3-inch information display and a 14.9-inch control display. It is positioned behind a single glass surface angled towards the driver.

    Also standard are electrically adjustable M Sport seats with memory function and seat heating as well as seats in Merino leather trim. The rear seats can accommodate three passengers. Automatic tailgate operation and the separately opening rear window are both standard.

    Optional add-ons include a BMW Head-Up Display with M-specific content, carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) M Carbon bucket seats, and anti-slip rails that rise up automatically from the boot floor.

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    Powering the five-door wagon is a high-revving 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology developed for the Competition models in the BMW M3/M4 line-up. The powerplant delivers 510 horses and 650Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a Drivelogic-equipped eight-speed M Steptronic transmission.

    According to BMW, the company will start accepting orders for the M3 Touring model by September. The BMW M3 will be built at BMW Group’s Munich Plant alongside the BMW M3 Sedan starting this November.

    Photos from BMW

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