After decades of teases and concepts, BMW has finally committed to selling a wagon version of its iconic BMW M3 sports car—just not to Americans. Pairing the rapid all-wheel drive powertrain of the M3 and M4 Competition models with the existing European 3 Series Touring body style makes for a handsome longroof. The new 2023 BMW M3 Touring seems like the ultimate autobahn cruiser, with plenty of performance and character.
The Competition powertrain in the new M3 Touring features a turbocharged I-6 engine good for 510 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, linked to an 8-speed transmission. The engine features track-focused cooling and oil supply systems and an M exhaust with electronic flaps to fine tune the sound, leading out to quad tailpipes.
Like other BMW Competition models, the M3 Touring gets a fancy rear-biased all-wheel drive setup with an active M differential that, with dynamic stability control turned off, can divert power only to the rear axle for more fun. There are 10 stages of wheel slip limitation to fine-tune just how sideways you want to get.
The wagon can get from 0 to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds, and top speed is either 155 mph, or 174 mph with the M Driver’s Package optioned. Adaptive M suspension is standard on the Touring, with forged light-alloy 19-inch wheels up front and 20-inch wheels in the rear, and track rubber as an option.
Inside, you can control drive mode configurations through the M-specific setup button to tune the engine, chassis, steering, braking, and M xDrive settings, with two driver setups stored and quickly accessed with the two M buttons on the steering wheel. The M Mode button on the center console provides quick access to the driver assistance settings and tailors what’s shown on the driver and heads-up displays, with Road, Sport, and Track settings.
BMW’s massive driver-oriented curved display takes up the dashboard, with a 14.9-inch infotainment screen paired seamlessly with a 12.3-inch display in front of the driver. The head-up display is an option. You sit in adjustable M sport seats with memory function and heating, suited in Merino leather, though there are optional M Carbon bucket seats that are lighter, saving about 20 pounds.
Folding down the rear seats (or just removing them, if you’re serious about those track times and weight savings) opens up 53 cubic feet of cargo room. The automatic rear hatch also features a separately opening window portion for easy cargo access. The 2023 BMW M3 Touring will likely not ever come stateside, but will go on sale in Europe in September. It’ll be making its public debut at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, from June 23 to June 26.
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