The M3 Touring has been in development for decades, and happily, we’re just a few weeks away from seeing the finished thing. The G81, a spiritual heir to the never-was M3 E46 Touring, will make its international debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Some fortunate individuals, however, have already seen the late AMG C63 Estate competitor in all of its extended roof splendour.
One such individual is a member of the BimmerPost forums who was invited to a M Town Event by BMW Switzerland. The M3 Touring was shown behind closed doors, and it was everything we expected to see in June. Even though we know almost all there is to know about the automobile, we’re nevertheless crazy with excitement to finally see it.
According to the same source, BMW chose to display the 2023 M3 Touring in Frozen Pure Grey. Given that the M3 Sedan already has the iDrive 8, we’re not shocked to see that its more practical brother will have the 14.9-inch touchscreen as well as a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. A carbon fiber roof does not seem to be in the works, which is understandable given that the M340i and M340d received one with the 3 Series LCI, but just for the sedan.
Technical details were not disclosed at the private presentation, but BMW M has clearly hinted that the M3 Touring would only be available as a Competition variant with xDrive and an automatic gearbox. The same goes for the aforementioned AMG C63 Estate and Audi RS4 Avant, both of which feature AWD and just two pedals.
BMW M has teased the M3 Touring heavily on social media, emphasizing that despite the increased mass, the wagon feels just as sporty as the sedan. Unfortunately, owing to the significant expenses associated with homologation, US availability has already been ruled out.
BimmerPost is the source.