After a long teaser period, the 2023 BMW M3 Touring has finally been revealed ahead of a first quarter 2023 release. Featuring the same 375kW twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre engine as the M3 Competition sedan and M4 Competition but in a more practical wagon bodystyle, the M3 Touring hits 100km/h in just 3.6 seconds and a top speed of up to 280km/h.
According to BMW, “the first BMW M3 Touring goes to extensive lengths to deliver on the traditional M promise of dynamic flair, agility and precision combined with unrestricted everyday practicality and kilometre-covering ability.”
Under the bonnet of the 2023 BMW M3 Touring is the same ‘S58’ 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged straight-six petrol engine as the M3 Competition sedan and M4 Competition. It pumps out 375kW of power and 650Nm of torque, and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It sends its power to a rear-biased all-wheel drive system with an active M differential at the rear. The all-wheel drive system can decouple the front axle and disable the stability control for drifting.
The 0-100km/h sprint time claim is just 3.6 seconds (0.1 seconds slower than the M3 Competition sedan), 0-200km/h is dealt with in just 12.9 seconds and a top speed of 250km/h (or 280km/h with the optional M Driver’s Package).
According to BMW, the M3 Touring features a unique suspension tune – to account for the wagon body style’s extra weight over the rear wheels – with stiffer springs. A variety of drive modes are available to better suit the car’s performance to any driver, while features taken from the M3 Competition sedan include six-piston front and single-piston brakes with 380mm front and 370mm rear discs, 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres and variable sports steering.
Dimensionally, it’s 85mm longer than the standard 3 Series Touring due to the aggressive new bumpers, 4mm lower and 76mm wider thanks to the pumped new rear wheel arches. That makes it 4,794mm long, 1,436mm tall and 1,903mm wide.
Inside the 2023 BMW M3 Touring is the new iDrive 8 infotainment system with a 14.9-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display integrated into one curved display panel. ‘Merino’ leather upholstery is standard, though buyers can choose optional M Carbon bucket seats to save 9.6kg.
On the practical side, the 2023 BMW M3 Touring has a 500-litre boot, which expands to 1,510L with the rear seats folded. The rear seats fold in a 40:20:40-split and a power tailgate with a separately opening rear window is standard.
In terms of safety kit, the 2023 BMW M3 Touring comes with auto emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, rear auto braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, traffic light detection, a 360-degree parking camera and auto parking.
BMW Australia has confirmed that the 2023 BMW M3 Touring will go on sale locally in the first quarter of 2023, with local pricing and specifications to be confirmed before then. Stay tuned to DiscoverAuto for the latest automotive news and reviews.