New 2022 BMW M3 Touring confirmed for Goodwood reveal

BMW M3 Touring

New BMW M3 Touring will be among the fastest estate cars on sale

First ever estate version of BMW M3 will get its long-awaited public debut at the Festival of Speed

BMW will unveil the first M3 estate in the performance car’s history at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month, it has confirmed.

The announcement comes nearly two years since BMW revealed it had given the green light to a Mercedes-AMG C63 estate rival, based on the G80-generation BMW M3 which launched in 2020. This is the second high-profile Goodwood unveiling in as many years for the German firm, following the debut of the new BMW 2 Series at last year’s event. 

The BMW M3 Touring shares many styling features with the M3 saloon, but the 3 Series Touring-style body is a notable difference. The sharp rear bumper is carried over from the M3 saloon, along with the four exhaust pipes that bookend a large diffuser. A 3D-printed lip spoiler can be seen above the rear windscreen, with roof rails extending towards the front.

Like the rear, the front end is carried over largely wholesale from the regular M3, featuring a double kidney grille, bonnet bulges and large intakes towards the edges.

The car is one of a number of imminent M models in the works as the performance sub-brand celebrates its 50th anniversary, with a new M2 Competition coupé, the lightweight M4 CSL coupé and the 740bhp XM SUV also on the way to dealerships before the year is out. 

The M3 Touring bears a strong resemblance to the 3 Series Touring, although it can be differentiated by flared arches, large air intakes and a sports exhaust system. It will give BMW a direct rival to the long-established Audi RS4 Avant for the first time.

BMW has yet to reveal technical details of the M3 estate, but has confirmed it will use its turbocharged six-cylinder petrol M engine. The M3 Touring is expected to share its mechanicals and powertrain with the M3 saloon and M4, in which the S58 twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line engine delivers 473bhp and 443lb ft in standard form.

The UK currently only receives the 503bhp and 479lb ft Competition variants of each car, so it’s likely that the same will be true for the M3 Touring. The Competition badge is just about visible in the latest preview image issued by the brand (below). 

According to BMW, the estate will offer the full space and capacity of the regular 3 Series Touring. The brand previously said that the car will fulfil “the hopes of all those who wish to take the M-specific interplay of racing-orientated performance and everyday suitability to the extreme”.

Although BMW has never previously offered an M3 Touring in the 34-year history of the M3, it did produce a feasibility study prototype based on the third-generation model in 2000.

The firm has also twice offered a Touring version of the larger BMW M5, on the models made from 1992-1995 and from 2006-2010.

The new M3 Touring’s debut forms part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for BMW’s M performance division, which takes centre stage at this year’s Festival of Speed. 

The Central Sculpture outside Goodwood House will this year pay tribute to BMW M, with a striking sculpture housing some of the division’s most successful race cars: the 3.0 CSL, M1 Procar, WTCC E30 3 Series and Le Mans-winning 1999 V12 LMR. 

The firm’s latest top-flight race car, the M Hybrid V8 LMDh prototype, will make its public debut at Goodwood, following its digital reveal yesterday. 

Also on display on the BMW stand will be the new track-focused BMW M4 CSL, the 611bhp BMW iX M60 electric SUV, the radical Concept XM SUV and a raft of other ‘iconic’ M models new and old. BMW will also showcase both combustion and electric variants of the new 7 Series limousine and X1 crossover. 

Source: Autocar

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