BMW has revealed pricing and specs for the 2023 BMW M3 Touring ahead of its arrival early next year.
Available only in the Competition specification and wearing a list price of $177,500 the M3 Touring is the very first station wagon version of the iconic high-performance BMW sedan to ever be made.
You’ll pay extra for the cargo-carrying privilege, too, with the warp-speed wagon asking $8000 more than the current M3 Sedan Competition.
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Powered by a 3.0-litre inline six cylinder the M3 Touring has the same 375kW/650Nm output as the current M3 Competition sedan.
An eight-speed automatic sends the drive to the wheels which in the case of the M3 Touring is all four of them using BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system.
The M3 Touring’s acceleration is only a tenth of a second off the current M3 Competition Sedan’s at 3.6 seconds for the 0-100km/h sprint. Add a 500 liter cargo capacity and the M3 Touring is a very quick and practical wagon.
Standard features on the M3 Touring include leather ‘Merino’ upholstery, Harman/Kardon sound system, a 14.9-inch media screen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, head-up display, three-zone climate control, proximity key, wireless phone charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, digital radio, BMW’s premium ‘Laserlight’ LED headlights, power tailgate and ambient lighting.
Of course the M3 Touring is fully fitted with M goodies, both mechanical and cosmetic.
There’s the staggered 19- and 20-inch light alloy wheels, sports suspension, active differential, M compound brakes, plus a very angry looking body kit complete with roof-top spoiler.
Inside, M sport seats await with M sport belts, in a setting of carbon fiber trim and glossy surfaces.
Out in the wild the M3 Touring’s rivals include the Audi RS4 Avant which lists for $154, 591 and the outgoing Mercedes-AMG C63S Estate for $170,876.
The M3 Touring was originally intended only to be built in left-hand drive. However, an enthusiastic appeal was made by Japan, the UK and Australia, who presented a strong enough business case to convince BMW’s global bosses to produce the hi-po wagon in right-hand drive.