First-ever BMW M3 Competition Touring revealed

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Author: | Updated: 24 Jun 2022 09:48

It’s here, seriously. BMW showcased the blistering M3 Touring for the first time at Goodwood Festival of Speed this week.

First-ever BMW M3 Competition Touring revealed

Offered exclusively in Competition guise with the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system, the BMW M3 Touring combines that race-car feeling with a distinctive character and immense versatility.

BMW M3 Competition Touring fast facts:

  • 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds. 
  • Powered by a 510hp 3.0-litre straight-six engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology. 
  • 85mm longer externally than the BMW 3 Series Touring. 
  • It will go on sale in September 2022. 
  • Priced from £80,550.

BMW M3 Competition Touring styling

Whether you look at this fiery Touring from the front, side or rear you will see it’s a valued member of the M3 family.

At its centre is the vertical black frameless BMW kidney grille dropping down towards the road, its horizontally arranged M-typical double bars carrying a “M3 Competition” badge. The large intakes positioned in the lower section of the front apron optimise the supply of air to the drive components and braking system.

First-ever BMW M3 Competition Touring revealed

The exterior mirrors in M-specific design with a Black high-gloss finish also optimise airflow.

Full-LED headlights with U-shaped fibre-optic light guides for the daytime driving lights are standard for the BMW M3 Touring, as are BMW Individual lights Shadow Line with darkened inlays adorning their upper edges.

First-ever BMW M3 Competition Touring revealed

The optional BMW Laserlight available as part of the Visibility package. At speeds above 37mph, BMW Laserlight increases high-beam range to a maximum 550 metres and follows the course of the road dynamically.

BMW M3 Competition Touring interior and tech

The BMW Curved Display is made up of a 12.3in information display behind the steering wheel and a control display of 14.9in, which merge into a single fully digital and high-resolution unit angled towards the driver.

First-ever BMW M3 Competition Touring revealed

The cloud-based BMW Maps navigation system forms part of the standard BMW Live Cockpit Professional, which also adds the BMW Head-Up Display with M specific readouts. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come as standard as does wireless charging.

The M Carbon bucket seats are an optional extra which fuse racing flair, lightweight design, and long-distance comfort to unique effect. Also fully electric and heated.

Among the elements that set the BMW M3 Touring apart are its versatility and space. The load capacity of the BMW M3 Touring can grow from 500 litres to 1,510 litres.

BMW M3 Competition Touring drivetrain

Let’s get geeky: The 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line unit stands out with its urgent power delivery. The engine puts maximum torque of 650Nm between 2,750 and 5,500rpm and produces peak output of 510hp when the revs hit 6,250rpm. Its red line is 7,200 rpm.

First-ever BMW M3 Competition Touring revealed

The engine’s signature M performance profile, combined with the enhanced traction offered by M xDrive, translates into stunning acceleration times:

  • 3.6 seconds to power from 0 to 62mph. 
  • 12.9 seconds to reach 124mph from rest. 
  • The sprint from 50 – 75mph is over in 2.7 seconds (in 4th gear) or 3.5 seconds (in 5th gear). 
  • Opting for the M Driver’s Package increases the electronically limited top speed from 155 to 174mph.

The straight-six engine powering the BMW M3 Touring also forms the basis for the unit in the new BMW M4 GT3 endurance racing car.

BMW M3 Competition Touring release date

The BMW M3 Touring will be available from September 2022 and will be priced at £80,550. We’ll bring you lease prices as soon as they’re available. Don’t want to wait? The M3 Saloon could be an option. Hit the link below to compare lease deals.

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