• BMW M shared a sketch of its new M3 Touring.
• It's the first time a Touring version of the M3 performance car will be offered.
• The M3 Touring will be seen testing in Germany soon before arriving in showrooms in 2022.
There's no going back now. BMW confirmed it will build a M3 Touring to eventually sit alongside the new M4 Coupe and M3 Sedan, the latter two will be unveiled to the world in September.
BMW has never built a Touring version of the M3 and breaks new ground with this offering. Vehicle testing will take place in Germany in the coming weeks.
BMW South Africa has not confirmed the model for local introduction.
Like the firm's other M models the intensive testing and tuning process for the M3 Touring will take place on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring.
Power of course will be derived from six-cylinder M TwinPower turbo engine. In the M3 and M4, the 3.0-litre engine in the standard models will sport 353kW with a 6-speed manual gearbox, while the Competition model is replete with 375kW and 650Nm of torque and uses an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission.
The Touring version adds the practicality of five doors and a highly variable luggage compartment with driving. BMW says we can expect M-specific interplay of racing-oriented performance and everyday suitability to the extreme.
The M badge has adorned other Touring models in the past, but only for the M3's bigger brother, the M5. There are only two generations of M5 Touring, BMW built them in its second generation in 1992 and in its fourth in 2007.
In the sixth generation of the M3, the reality of a M3 Touring becomes tangible and we'll seen see spy shots of the car testing on public roads in Germany.
The teaser image doesn't show much but expect wide axles, large front air intakes and four exhaust tailpipes at the rear and there's no doubt it's a proper M car.
Compiled by Sean Parker
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