BMW M3 Touring (2022): The most practical M3 ever

Presentation and price: M3 Touring starts under 100,000 euros

For the first time, BMW M GmbH is building an M3 Touring in series. It took almost two years for the finished car to be presented at the Festival of Speed ​​in Goodwood after the M3 station wagon was first announced on August 12, 2020.


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At there is the BMW M3 sedan with an average saving of 8712 euros (as of June 8, 2022).

The first models of the M3 Touring with the internal construction code “G81” will come onto the market from December 2022, and customers can already order their sports station wagon in September. The base price for the only engine option (M xDrive all-wheel drive; 510 hp; Eight-speed automatic) is 97,800 euros – 1000 euros more expensive than the correspondingly motorized M3 sedan.

Appearance and dimensions: M3 Touring is significantly longer

Visually, the M3 Touring is, as expected, identical to the sedan down to the B-pillar. In plain language: Large M kidneys, ventilation-friendly apron, flared wheel arches. As far as everything is known. From the B-pillar, the G81 then becomes a station wagon. The roof is black as standard, but can also be painted in the body color if desired.

BMW M3 Touring

Due to the modified aprons, the M3 Touring is around nine centimeters longer than a normal 3 Series Touring. Standard rim sizes are 19 inches on the front axle and 20 inches on the rear axle.

A carbon roof is not available. The roof edge spoiler with additional spoiler lip is always black. Including the split tailgate known from the normal 3 Series. The rear wheel arches and the bulky apron together with the typical four tailpipes merge into the most spectacular view of the new M3 offshoot. Anything but modest.
BMW M3 Touring

Torsion struts increase rigidity in the touring rear end. New spring and damper rates counteract drone frequencies.

Dimensions at a glance:

Length: 4794 nn (+85 mm compared to 3 Series Touring)
Broad: 1903 mm (+76 mm compared to 3 Series Touring)
Height: 1436mm
Wheelbase: 2857mm
turning circle: 12.2m
trunk volume: 500 – 1510 liters

Interior: Curved display and OS 8 as standard

Entry into the station wagon M3: With the new curved display and the two screens (12.3 and 14.9 inches), the most powerful 3-series station wagon is of course based on the 3-series facelift, the bmw showed a few weeks before the M3 Touring. In addition to the new hardware, the software has also been updated: the M3 Touring has the latest BMW infotainment OS 8 on board.

This also means there will be more touching and speaking to give commands in the M3 in the future. In addition, the sportiest 3 Series gets new M-specific displays, which with their coloring (blue and red) match the skin colors of the M Ltd record, tape. The head-up display also features new graphics. The rest is to be expected.

Up to 1510 liters loading volume

Our photo vehicle had the optional M carbon bucket seats installed – track tool feeling with a low seating position and excellent ergonomics included. Of course, the trunk volume is decisive for the station wagon.
BMW M3 Touring

Contemporary dual-screen cockpit in the M3 Touring. The graphics are colorful and angular – the timelessly functional scales have given way to wild graphics. The ergonomics remain outstanding.

With 500 to 1510 liters, the M3 Touring is in no way inferior to the 3 Series Touring in terms of loading volume – and with the standard 40/20/40 folding rear bench seat, it is just as variable as the standard 3 Series estate.

Drive and technology: M3 Touring exclusively as a competition

The only powertrain option for the M3 Touring is the 510 hp strong competition variant of the S58 biturbo in-line six-cylinder – stands in combination with the rear-heavy M xDrive all-wheel drive system and the well-known eight-speed automatic transmission. The maximum torque is 650 Nm.


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The driving performance is appropriate for an M3: from 0 to 100 pass in the M3 Touring 3.6 seconds at full acceleration. The sprint from a standing start to 200 km/h takes 12.9 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h – if the M Drivers Package is on board, the electronics only slow down at 280 km/h.

Technical data at a glance:

Perfomance: 375 kW (510 hp)
Max. Torque: 650 Nm
Drive: four wheel drive
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Acceleration 0-100km/h: 3.6s
Acceleration 0-200km/h: 12.9s
Top speed: 250 km/h (280 km/h with M Drivers Package)
Consumption combined according to WLTP: 10.4 – 10.1 l/100 km

Conclusion: The technical differences to the normal M3 are marginal. Doesn’t matter! The M3 Touring is an affair of the heart that many M fans have been hoping for for decades. Nice that M GmbH dares to break its own taboo. Now only the manual M3 Touring is missing!

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