It’s been a long time coming, and I’m not kidding. Since the very first E30 BMW M3 in the 1980s, enthusiasts have wondered what a long roof version would look like. It’s taken 36 years, but there’s no longer any reason to wonder. Say hello to the 2023 BMW M3 Touring. That is, except for Bimmer fans in North America and China. These folks have to travel if they want to see a five-door M3 in action.
We can tell you that much. bmw offers the M3 Touring only in Competition trim, which means 503 hp (375 kilowatts) from the well-known supercharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine. It also means standard xDrive all-wheel drive, routed through BMW’s eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. Step on the accelerator and you’ll reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.6 seconds. Keep the accelerator pressed and the car will eventually hit 174 mph with the optional M Driver’s Package included. Without it, the top speed is relegated to only 155km/h. Either way, your groceries will never be the same.
You may think this is just one 3 Series Touring with the M3’s big nose and bigger engine, but you’d be wrong. To accommodate the M-specific rear axle, the M3 Touring is 3.3 inches longer and 3 inches wider than the standard station wagon. Of course, it is also slightly lower, and since there is a large open space behind the seats, additional braces are installed under the car for added rigidity. Overall, the Touring is almost 200 kilos heavier than the M3 Limousine. But the compromise is 53.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, accessible through the hatch or by simply opening the rear window.
Going forward, the M3 Touring will also feature a large curved display. You won’t find that in the M3 sedan – the single screen combines the 12.3-inch driver information center and 14.9-inch infotainment system into one unit running BMW’s latest Operating System 8. And being an M3, the system has M-specific gauges to control a wealth of functions, including numerous driving modes for comfort, track width and yes, you can even drift with your wagon. If you’re tired of all-wheel drive, there’s a 2WD mode too.
The rest of the car is pretty much the standard M3. Staggered wheels measure 19 inches at the front and 20 inches at the rear. The suspension is tuned for fun while being manageable for everyday use, and despite the extra junk in the boot, BMW says the weight distribution is almost 50:50. There are many optional upgrades and colors to choose from, but whatever the shade is the roof always Black.
The order books for the 2023 BMW M3 Touring will open in September, with deliveries in Germany and Great Britain starting in December. Other markets in Europe, Asia and Australia will follow, but it will remain forbidden fruit in the United States. Prices start at 97,800 euros.