After 36 years in production and many fans and customers around the world, BMW M3 has something new for the purist enthusiast. The sports car, which has been sold only in sedan body, beat the Touring option for the first time. The model was revealed internally Goodwood Festival of Speed 2022next to – also new – M4 CLS. In this way, the M3 makes its big debut in the station wagon version.
According to BMW, the M3 station wagon will only be available in one version, the Competition, which receives the same mechanics as the sedan. In other words, it comes with a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine in line, which provides 510 hp of power and 66.3 mkgf of maximum torque. The transmission is an eight-speed automatic. And this set, unusual Visiting the M3 reaches a maximum speed of 250 km / h. However, the model can reach 280 km/h with the optional M Driver package. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h takes a quick 3.6 seconds. The tension is all around.
grew in size
To transform a sedan into a station wagon, the M3 received significant changes. The body, for example, was 7.6 centimeters wide. That is, now it has a width of 1.90 m. With generous space, the station wagon is still 4.8 m long and has a wheelbase of 2.86 m, which significantly increased the rear space. In addition, it is important to mention the generous trunk which, with folded seats, can reach 1,510 liters.
To accommodate the new step, BMW worked on strengthening the M3 Touring. Therefore, the model has new models below. With that, it weighs 85 kg more than the sedan, at 1,865 kg. However, according to the German brand, the M3 station wagon has new shock absorbers to keep the weight down, as well as adjustable suspension. In addition, there are options that can reduce this number, such as some carbon fiber parts and carbon-ceramic brake discs, which are lighter and also more efficient.
In terms of design, BMW has introduced some specific changes, with more robust and extended lines. In front, of course, the focus is on the large grille and vertical bars. At the same time, the wheels are alloys of 19 inches in front and 20 inches in the back. However, the highlight is the unmistakable rear end, which features a spoiler and a sports bumper with a diffuser and four tailpipes.
Moving to the cabin, the M3 Touring is identical to the sedan. However, it has new additions from the M division. An example of this is sports seats, with leather upholstery and four color options. On the dashboard, it has a curved screen with a 14.9-inch media center and a 12.3-inch instrument panel. According to BMW, the roof comes black from the factory. However, it is possible to choose painting with only one color as an option.
Focus is on Europe
O BMW M3 Touring it will launch in December in Europe, its main market. After all, unlike in Brazil, vans are still thriving there. However, the company has already made it clear that it intends to expand sales in countries such as Australia and Japan. Therefore, for now, the Brazilian market is out of the plans. direct opponent Audi RS4 Avantthe BMW station wagon will have a price starting at 97,800 euros – around R$ 530,000 at current prices.