This is a major first for BMW, the 3 Series Touring station wagon is offered in a high-performance BMW M3 Competition M. xDrive Touring version. This model takes up the style elements of the M3 saloon with at the front, the two imposing beans, tapered headlamps, the large side air intakes, M gills in the side panels while at the rear we find the four tailpipes integrated into the rear apron, two on the left and two on the right. Whichever body color is chosen, the roof will be gloss black and fitted with roof bars with a spoiler at the rear.
Under the hood is also the M3 sedan’s twin-turbo 3.0-litre six-cylinder unit. It develops 510 hp and a maximum torque of 650 Nm. This engine is mated to an eight-speed M transmission with DriveLogic which allows for three gear change modes which can be controlled from the steering wheel using the shift paddles. of speed. In order to have the best possible traction, the four driving wheels are managed by the M xDrive all-wheel drive associated with an active M differential on the rear axle (in Sport mode you can deactivate the DSC to find yourself at the wheel of a propulsion ). So that the happiness is total at the wheel, the exhaust is equipped with electrically controlled valves which generate a beautiful sound and increase the pleasure of the senses.
Thanks to the 510 hp six-cylinder unit that powers it, the BMW M3 Competition M xDrive Touring station wagon is capable of top-level performance with a 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds, a speed of 200 km/h achieved in 12.9 seconds. And if that wasn’t enough, with the M Experience Pack, the electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h is increased to 280 km/h. Of course, this kind of sporting prowess will be appreciated on the circuit or on the sections of German motorways which are not limited. To prove the efficiency of the chassis and the engine of this BMW M3 Touring, BMW made it face the famous Nürburgring circuit and more precisely the northern loop (Nordschleife) where the racing car broke the record for the station wagon category with a time of 7’35”060. That is ten seconds less than the previous record held by the Mercedes-AMG E63 S station wagon, which nevertheless displays 100 hp more!
This racing car features a double-jointed strut front axle and a five-link rear axle as standard, SelectDrive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers and Servotronic M steering with variable assistance. To slow down the BMW M3 Competition M xDrive Touring station wagon with ease, there is a brake system with two settings for pedal feel and the optional option of M Carbon ceramic brakes.
On board the BMW M3 Competition M xDrive Touring station wagon, the atmosphere is sporty. Especially if you choose to take the option of M Carbon bucket seats. They feature Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CRFP) structural elements that reduce weight by 9.6kg compared to standard M Sport seats. The latter are heated and electrically adjustable with memory, the trimmings are in Merino leather. Facing the driver, the curved BMW Curved Display is standard with a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch infotainment screen. A glazed surface inclined towards the driver covers the two screens. A HUD head-up display is also available as an option. The driver is also entitled to direct access to engine, chassis, braking system and M xDrive transmission adjustment options thanks to the M-specific control and operating system and can prioritize different driving modes. The M Mode button on the center console can also be used to adjust the reactions of the driver assistance systems and the content displayed on the information screen and the head-up display.
The equipment offered as standard is complete with three-zone climate control, the BMW Live Cockpit Navigation Plus system with BMW Maps, hi-fi speakers, a latest generation BMW iDrive system combined with a BMW 8.0 interface combined with the personal assistant enables better operator-machine interaction using natural voice and touch commands. A 5G-compatible antenna ensures optimized connectivity between the vehicle and the outside. The BMW M3 Competition M xDrive Touring is also full of driving aids. Standard are the frontal collision alert, the display of speed limits associated with the indicator of non-exceeding, the lane crossing alert and the control of parking distances. As an option, you can choose Drive Assist Pro with steering assistant and lane control, active cruise control (Stop&Go function), traffic light detection and active navigation, parking assistant with reversing assistant.
We won’t forget to talk about the comfort and practical aspects of this BMW M3 Competition M xDrive Touring station wagon. Who says station wagon, says loading volume and behind the files (in three parts 40/20/40) of the bench seat there is a beautiful 500-litre trunk compartment, which can increase to 1,510 litres, once the bench seat is folded down. To load more easily, you can count on an automatic control of the tailgate and a rear window with separate opening. A compartment under the floor of the boot is used to store the boot separation net and the luggage cover. As an option, there are non-slip rails which automatically lift up from the boot floor, preventing luggage from sliding.
Orders for the BMW M3 Competition M xDrive Touring will be open from September 2022, the price for this model is already known. The entry-level is displayed at €111,950, or €6,750 more than the M3 Competition Sedan, whose entry-level does not have four-wheel drive (equipment billed at €4,500).