If an M3 Touring has been confirmed, surely this can't be too farfetched?
BMW has been delivering some seriously badass performance cars of late, including the insane BMW M5 CS and the rumors floating about that we could soon see a hardcore CSL version of the new BMW M4. Speaking of the M4, the second-generation BMW M4 recently reared its controversial head and set tongues wagging with its massive front grille. But one thing is for certain: the new car is almost certain to drive better than it looks. As we've seen time and again, digital designers will always have a go at making newly released cars look better, and following confirmation that BMW will build an M3 Touring, an amateur car designer from China who goes by the name of Sugar Chow, decided to work his magic in turning the M4 into a stylish shooting brake.
The images might be slightly low in quality, but the overall product looks rather attractive. The designer states in his post, "I really like the new M4, so how about this shooting brake version? According to Chow, it's called the "BMW M4 Gran Touring Xperformance edition" and he has a clear target audience in mind. "If you can't afford the [Ferrari] GTC4Lusso, but this one, try it!"
It is immediately apparent from the pictures that the designer drew influence from the magnificent Ferrari GTC4Lusso, which has to be the best-looking fast shooting brake out there at the moment. From the front, the BMW retains its controversial looks, but it all changes once you view the car in profile. The front half remains BMW, but from the door handle going back, it's all Ferrari.
The rear end of this design is seriously impressive: the designer has managed to retain the standard L-shaped LED taillight design, and seamlessly blend it into the massively flared rear arches borrowed from the Ferrari, The quad exhaust exits and aggressive rear diffuser remain in place. We can assume that the car retains its S58 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six, but given its "Xperformance" denomination, we suspect it was intended to be in full-fat 503-hp Competition guise with 479 lb-ft of twist and standard M xDrive all-wheel drive. Considering the M3 Touring has already been declared a non-starter for the American market, we doubt BMW would ever seriously consider this, but we can always dream, can't we?