A new dimension of dynamics: BMW M GmbH begins road tests with the first BMW M3 Touring.
Munich. How about an extra-large and highly variable luggage compartment in a high performance sports car? What is currently still a rhetorical question will soon become a concrete offer. A few weeks before the world premiere of the all-new BMW M3 sedan, there are more and more signs of unparalleled model diversity in the BMW M premium car lineup. With the all-new BMW M4 Coupé, the New BMW M3 Sedan will celebrate its world premiere in September 2020. It’s no secret that the new edition of the BMW M4 Cabriolet will follow next year either. However, keen observers will soon be able to spot the prototype of a new high-performance automobile. In Garching near Munich, the headquarters of the BMW M GmbH, work is underway on another dream come true: for the first time in the history of the BMW M GmbH, the model range will be completed with a BMW M3 Touring.
M-specific performance combined with an increase in available space and the intelligent functionality of a Touring model – this was previously reserved exclusively for the BMW M5. Both in its second generation in 1992 and in its fourth in 2007, the high-performance business sedan was accompanied by a Touring. This is not the first time that the M community and the developers of the BMW M GmbH have been fascinated by the idea of transferring this vehicle concept to the BMW M3. Exactly 20 years ago, a corresponding prototype was launched based on the third generation of the BMW M3. The goal then to prove that the great flexibility and seamless integration of high performance sports cars with specific body characteristics could be integrated into the manufacturing process of the BMW M3 was achieved. In the sixth generation of the BMW M3, this will not end with mere theoretical considerations and series of technical product tests.
The M TwinPower 6-cylinder turbo engine under the hood has been tuned. 5 doors and a highly variable luggage compartment are precisely what fans of this model have been waiting for for a long time. As the fourth model variant, the BMW M3 Touring fulfills the hopes of all those who want to push the M-specific interplay of race-oriented performance and everyday suitability to the extreme. Never before has a top-of-the-range mid-range sedan offered so much driving pleasure and precision. There was also no more functional utility available in a thoroughbred sports car.
Further speculation on the engine and performance is welcome. But the wide axles, remarkably large front air intakes and the four tailpipes at the rear leave no doubt that the iconic DNA M will be fully noticeable despite the car’s new body design. .
The first BMW M3 Touring is still at the start of its approx. two-year series development process. As in the case of other BMW M high performance sports cars, the following also applies to the BMW M3 Touring: Whenever the prototype has been given the green light for road testing on public roads, it means that the he decisive step towards the maturity of the series has been taken. Not only will he soon be seen regularly. As with all other BMW M models, the intensive testing and tuning process of the BMW M3 Touring will take place on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring, because the first BMW M3 Touring is, after all, first and foremost a BMW M3.