A first for BMW, the 3 Series station wagon is offered in the high-performance BMW M3 Competition M. xDrive Touring version. This model takes on the elegant elements of the M3 saloon at the front, namely the majestic beans, tapered headlights, large side air intakes and the M gills in the side panels, while at the rear we find the four exhaust pipes integrated into the rear apron, two on the left and two on the right. Whichever body color is chosen, the roof will be glossy black and equipped with roof rails with a spoiler at the rear.
Under the hood is also a 3.0-liter M3 sedan, twin-turbocharged, six-cylinder. It generates 510 hp and a maximum torque of 650 Nm. This engine is mated to an eight-speed M transmission with DriveLogic which allows three gear shifts that can be controlled from the steering wheel using paddles. In order to get the best traction possible, the four drive wheels are managed by the M xDrive all-wheel drive system linked to an active M differential on the rear axle (in Sport mode, you can deactivate the DSC to find yourself at the wheel). For happiness to be complete at the wheel, the exhaust is equipped with electrically controlled valves that generate a beautiful sound and heighten the pleasure of the senses.
With a six-cylinder engine developing 510 hp, the BMW M3 Competition M xDrive Touring station wagon is able to perform at a high level from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.6 seconds, and to a speed of 200 km / h in 12.9 seconds. And if that wasn’t enough, with the M Experience Pack, the electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h has been increased to 280 km/h. Of course, this kind of sporting prowess will be appreciated on the track or on sections of the unlimited German motorways. To prove the efficiency of the chassis and engine of the BMW M3 Touring, BMW made it to the famous Nürburgring and more precisely the North Ring (Nordschleife) where the race car broke the record for the station wagon class with a time of 7 “35” 060. This is ten seconds less than the previous record set The Mercedes-AMG E63 S station wagon, which nevertheless offers 100 more hp!
This race car features a double-jointed front axle and a five-link rear axle as standard, SelectDrive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers and Servotronic M steering with variable assist. To slow the BMW M3 Competition M xDrive Touring with ease, there is a brake system with two pedal feel settings and an optional M carbon ceramic brake system.
The atmosphere is sporty in the BMW M3 Competition M xDrive Touring. Especially if you opt for the M Carbon bucket seats. It features CRFP structural elements that reduce weight by 9.6 kg compared to the standard M sport seats. The latter is heated and electrically adjustable using memory, and the trimmings feature Merino leather. Driver-facing, the BMW Curved Display comes standard with a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and 14.9-inch infotainment screen. A glass surface tilted towards the driver covers the two screens. A head-up HUD display is also available as an option. The driver also has direct access to the engine, chassis, braking system and M xDrive transmission tuning options thanks to M’s control and start-up 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 display and head-up display.
Standard equipment complete with 3-zone climate control, BMW Live Cockpit Navigation Plus with BMW Maps, Hi-Res speakers and the latest generation BMW iDrive combined with BMW Interface 8.0 together with Personal Assistant to enable a better operator – Machine interaction using natural voice and touch commands. The 5G compatible antenna ensures optimal communication between the vehicle and the outside. The BMW M3 Competition M xDrive Touring is also packed with driving aids. Standard are forward collision warning, speed limit display associated with a no-overtaking indicator, lane crossing warning, and parking distance control. As an option, you can choose Drive Assist Pro with steering and lane control assistant, active cruise control (Stop & Go function), active traffic light detection and navigation, and Parking Assistant with Reverse Assist.
We won’t forget to talk about the comfort and practicality of the BMW M3 Competition M xDrive Touring station wagon. Who says the station wagon, says the loading volume and behind the coils (in three 40/20/40 segments) of the seat is a nice 500-liter boxcar compartment, which can increase to 1,510 liters, once the seatpost is folded down. For easier loading, you can count on automatic control of the tailgate and rear window with separate opening. A compartment under the boot floor is used to store the luggage separation net and the luggage cover. As an option, there are anti-slip bars that automatically rise from the floor of the luggage compartment, which prevents the luggage from sliding.
Orders for the BMW M3 Competition M xDrive Touring will open from September 2022, and the price of this model is already known. The entry level is offered at €111,950, or €6,750 more than the M3 Competition Sedan, whose entry level does not have all-wheel drive (equipment is billed at €4,500).