Who needs an X3 M when this could exist?
BMW just showed off the latest version of the 3 Series Touring - which is BMW parlance for "wagon." The 3 Series Touring offers massive amounts of storage space - 17.6 cubic feet of storage with the seats up and a whopping 53.3 cubic feet with the seats laid flat. It's that combination of high amounts of storage capacity and a lower ride height that doesn't compromise handling that makes wagons excellent alternatives to SUVs. There's just one big problem, though, that BMW won't sell the 3 Series Touring in the US.
And if you want an M model with wagon levels of storage space, you'll have to go buy one of BMW's hot SUVs like the X3 M or X4 M. But what if there was another option? In BMW's entire history, it has never produced an M3 wagon, though the company's unwillingness to answer our prayers for a fast wagon hasn't stopped rendering artist Aksyonov Nikita from imagining what an M3 Touring could look like.
Using the 3 Series Touring as a base, Nikita has spiced up the wagon with black wheels and accents, larger diffusers, and what looks like a carbon fiber roof. The rendering looks very believable, although BMW has yet to reveal the next-generation M3 so we can be certain. There have been plenty of spy shots showing prototypes of the new M3, and based on the images, Nikita's rendering looks spot on.
The most potent 3 Series Touring uses a 3.0-liter turbocharged B58 inline-six in M340i xDrive trim, where it produces 375 horsepower. While the M340i is nothing to scoff at, the M3 would utilize the new twin-turbo S58 engine found in the X3 M and X4 M, which produces 473 hp or 503 hp in Competition guise.
It was previously rumored that BMW will build the first ever M3 wagon during the next generation, but it's starting to feel like those rumors may have been overblown. Even if BMW does build an M3 Touring, it would likely be for Europe only just like the non-M model. At least it's fun to dream about.