2022 BMW M3 Touring spotted: price, specs and release date
October 14, 2021 by
BMW’s first-ever BMW M3 Touring is set to go on sale in 2022 and a new prototype suggests it could be set to break some world records… Read on to find out everything you need to know about this highly anticipated super estate.
- First M3 Touring estate ever
- Audi RS4 and Mercedes C63 Estate alternative
- 3.0-litre twin-turbo engine
- 480hp standard model
- 510hp in Competition trim
- Manual gearbox option likely
- Optional switchable four-wheel drive
- To go on sale in 2022
Camouflaged prototypes have been spotted testing as its launch gets ever closer, and a set of exclusive renders imagine how it will look with all that camouflage peeled away.
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The BMW M3 Touring was announced back in September 2020, but BMW kept you guessing as to how it would look with a rather gloomy teaser image and a brief video of a prototype on Instagram (shown above). These exclusive renderings (below) gave a much clearer idea of what the finished car will look like.
These renders, based on spy shots seen so far, give the impression that the M3 Touring will take on much of the same look as the saloon — albeit with the raised rear that’s typical of an estate car.
That does mean the large and divisive grille is set for a return — as confirmed by the prototype car in the spy shots below. At the back, tweaks are set to be subtle though the trademark M3 quad-exit exhausts will leave you in no doubt that this is no ordinary 3 Series Touring.
Despite this prototype being wrapped in camouflage, you can clearly see that the production M3 Touring will share its ultra-aggressive front bumper with the M3 saloon and M4 coupe. The twin bonnet vents can just about be seen if you look closely a little way back from the grille.
The latest images from BMW show what looks to be the same prototype as before (judging by the identical number plates), but this time it has a large banner on its side with the phrase ‘B’ring it on’ and an outline of the Nurburgring racetrack. This could indicate that BMW is aiming at setting a new estate car lap record around the track.
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The larger alloy wheels on this prototype indicate that it is the more powerful 510hp Competition variant. Equipped with a quick 8-speed automatic and all-wheel drive, it will be well-equipped to take the title away from the Mercedes-AMG E63 Estate which currently holds the estate car record at 7.45:19.
If you’re not much of a fan of the new M3 and M4’s design, don’t worry. As Mat discovered when he checked-out the new BMW M3 and M4 in person, the large grille does look a bit better in real life than in pictures.
These camouflaged prototypes also show that the new BMW M3 Touring will sport plenty of less-controversial features, such as wide wheel arches, deep side skirts and huge wheels. There’s a bulging rear bumper, too, which may house a diffuser in addition to the quartet of exhaust pipes.
Interestingly, the spoiler above the rear window appears no bigger than that on the M340i Touring. That would suggest that most of the aerodynamic changes needed to keep the M3 Touring on the straight and narrow at high speeds are underneath the car. Or else that the standard 3-Series Touring’s aerodynamics are so good, no changes are actually needed.
Under the bonnet, the new M3 Touring will use the same 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six engine found in the M3 saloon and M4 Coupe.
It’ll produce 480hp in standard guise and 510hp in Competition trim, with these more powerful models getting an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive as standard.
If the M3 Touring is offered in standard non-Competition spec, it’ll come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with the option to pay extra for an eight-speed automatic gearbox. If BMW decides to only sell Competition versions of the new M3 Touring in the UK, then every car will come with this automatic gearbox as standard.
As well as this being the first M3 generation to include a Touring estate model, it’ll also be offered with optional xDrive four-wheel drive for the first time. In the case of the standard M3 saloon and M4 Coupe, these xDrive-equipped cars will go on sale after the conventional rear-wheel-drive cars and will come exclusively with an automatic gearbox.
2022 BMW M3 Touring price and release date
The BMW M3 Touring won’t make its debut until some time in 2022. It’s expected to set you back a few thousand pounds more than an equivalent M3, which costs from £75,000 in Competition trim.
As with the M3 and M4, it’s most likely that UK cars will come exclusively in Competition guise – that means you’ll get 510hp, all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
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