The latest spy shots show the M3 wagon being pushed harder than ever.
A few days ago, BMW presented the all-new 2 Series Active Tourer. Featuring bolder styling and a high-tech cabin inspired by the iX, BMW's new front-wheel-drive minivan won't be sold in America. We can't say we're losing sleep over it. There is, however, another new BMW we wish would come stateside: we're talking about the BMW M3 Touring wagon.
Apparently, a lot of enthusiasts feel the same way because online petitions have been set up begging BMW to bring the M3 wagon to America. To remind us of what we're missing, our spies have sent us new photos of BMW's high-performance wagon attacking the Nurburgring.
Judging from the glowing brakes, the prototype was being pushed hard, making for some dramatic photos. There's a good reason for this: BMW could be chasing a new Nurburgring lap record with the M3 Touring. It will need to beat the Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon, which is the fastest wagon to lap the Nurburgring with a time of 7:45.19 minutes.
Disappointingly, the prototype hasn't evolved since the M3 wagon was last spotted a few months ago. It's still wrapped in camouflage and even has the same license plate as the prototype shown in BMW's official teaser shots.
We're surprised to see the camouflage hasn't peeling away yet as the M3 Touring gets closer to production, especially as it shares the same styling cues as the regular M3 Sedan with a larger luggage compartment.
BMW confirmed the M3 Touring will use the same six-cylinder turbo engine as the M3 generating 503 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It will only be available as a Competition model with AWD. The BMW M3 Touring is expected to debut in 2022. With a new boss in charge of BMW M, let's hope BMW changes its mind and brings the high-performance wagon to America.