Yes, you read that right. BMW has just teased a new M3 Touring model - its first ever.
This is not a drill.
BMW actually appears to have a high-performance M3 station wagon in the works, teasing the spacious, high-powered M car on Instagram with a shadowy image of a rear hatch in silver, with four aggressive-looking exhaust tips pointing proudly out the back. The teaser gives some legitimacy to rumors of a new M3 Touring model that began circulating online as far back as 2018.
The Instagram photo from BMW's high-performance M division was shared with a simple, two-word caption that basically says it all: "Mic Drop." Consider us gobsmacked.
The BMW M3 Touring will likely share the sedan's performance specs, sporting a turbocharged inline-six with 480 peak horsepower - 510 horsepower in "Competition" guise. We suspect BMW will approach the M3 Touring's target audience with the assumption that they're a slightly-more-practical bunch, fitting AWD as standard and, unfortunately, withholding the manual transmission that's set to be offered on the sedan. We hope we're wrong.
With the reveals of the BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe right around the corner, BMW's M division could be gearing up to show off its new M3 Touring alongside those cars. Or, the brand could hold off, unveiling the Touring separately at a later date.
The BMW M3 Touring will be a first for BMW's M brand, even though the regular non-M 3-Series has enjoyed numerous Touring models in the past. Throughout BMW's history, there have been two M5 Touring models, but neither was offered in the US market.
And that's the thing: as excited as we are to see BMW's M finally, at long last bring an M3 Touring to market, chances are that it won't be sold here in the United States. That's a prudent business decision - the US market is notoriously lukewarm to station wagons, even knock-your-socks-off-fast ones - but for the plurality of American buyers that actually appreciates a good sporty, capacious hauler, it's a crying shame.
Again, we hope we're wrong.