It's a shame America is missing out on the new M3 estate.
Just this week, the 2022 BMW M4 Convertible debuted with a lighter roof and more power than its predecessor. We've seen plenty of sedan and coupe, but there's one more member of the M family that's still missing: the BMW M3 Touring. Enthusiasts rejoiced last year when BMW announced the M3 is being transformed into a practical performance wagon. Sadly, this joy was short lived for American enthusiasts because the BMW M3 Touring is not coming to the US.
Fans have even started a petition appealing to BMW to bring it here. Before it enters production, our spies have caught BMW testing a prototype of the M3 Touring on the streets of Munich.
In our last sighting, the BMW M3 Touring was spied drifting in the snow during winter testing. This time, there were no opportunities for the M3 Touring to get sideways, but our spies managed to get some great close-up shots of the M3 wagon. The prototype is still covered in camouflage, but it's easy to spot the design cues that have carried over from the regular M3.
Combined with a longer roof, the M3 Touring retains its sedan sibling's controversial grille and quad exhaust system, and gets roof spoiler. It also goes without saying that the longer M3 Touring will have more cargo space than the M3 Sedan, which has a capacity of 13 cubic feet.
The M3 Sedan is available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic and RWD or AWD, but the wagon version will reportedly only be available with an automatic transmission and AWD. It's also expected to only be available in a Competition specification, which means it will pack a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six engine producing 503 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. BMW has confirmed the M3 Touring will go on sale in Europe next year to compete with the Audi RS4 Avant and Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate.