It's such a shame the new BMW M3 wagon will be forbidden fruit in America.
Some dreams do come true. A few weeks ago, BMW dropped a bombshell when it confirmed that a long-awaited M3 Wagon, which will be sold as the M3 Touring in Europe, is entering production. For years, there have been rumors BMW is planning to build a high-performance M3 wagon, and now it's finally happening.
This will be the first time an official BMW M3 wagon has ever gone on sale - BMW built an M3 E46 Touring for testing purposes, but it ultimately never made it to production. Not long after BMW's announcement, the more practical M3 wagon has already begun its prototyping phase.
New photos sent by our spy photographers show the BMW M3 Touring being taking for a spin on the streets of Munich before more intensive testing begins at the Nurburgring.
At this stage of development, the prototype's body is fully camouflaged, but we already know what to expect from the design. Being based on the next-generation sports sedan, the new M3 Wagon will share the same controversial front end featuring a giant grille, although it looks slightly less jarring on the larger wagon body style. Flared wheel arches, larger air intakes, and a quad sports exhaust system further distinguish it from the standard 3 Series Touring.
Under the hood will be the same twin-turbo six-cylinder engine found in the new BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe. In the standard M3, this unit will produce 473 horsepower, while the range-topping Competition version will have 503 hp on tap. BMW hasn't confirmed if the M3 wagon will get the Competition treatment.
When it goes on sale in 2022, the BMW M3 Wagon will offer some serious competition to the Audi RS4 Avant and the Mercedes AMG C63 Estate in Europe. Sadly, BMW has already confirmed there are no plans to bring the M3 Wagon to America, which is a massive shame.