BMW has announced it and has actually done it: the new M3 Touring is faster on the Nordschleife than all other production station wagons.
The new BMW M3 Touring took 7: 35,060 minutes to turn the Nordschleife: it is a new record for production station wagons on the most famous and demanding circuit in the world. Its predecessor is the Mercedes-AMG E63 S station wagon, which took 7:45 minutes. BMW captured the M3 Touring’s preparation and record-breaking lap in a video included in this article.
A lot of performance for a lot of sport
The official presentation of the first BMW 3 Series Touring from M will take place on June 22, 2022 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed - there it will also take part in the short distance race called “Hill Climb”, which climbs up a small hill. Until then, most of the details on the outerwear are under lock and key. Of course, it is very likely that the M3 Touring will have the same engine as the M3 Sedan and the M4. So probably a 3.0-liter straight-six with double turbo drives the station wagon. In the Competition version, the unit delivers 510hp and generates 650Nm of torque. The sedan heats up from zero to 100 km / h in 3.5 seconds – the station wagon will not be significantly slower.
Car for local customers
Many European drivers, and especially Germans there, such as station wagons – in this country half of all Series 3s go to the customer as a tour. Americans have to do without this body variant, which for them is still exotic at the moment: BMW executives stress that homologation for the North American market would be too expensive.
As there are still no images of the BMW M3 Touring where the vehicle is not camouflaged, we show photos of the M3 Competition and the M4 Competition in our image gallery.
In the video, the car is still camouflaged, but of course it is clearly recognizable as a station wagon. This means: With the new M3 Touring, BMW has launched an authentic sports car with Nordschleife capability that offers the space of an everyday family station wagon.