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2023 BMW M3 Touring Unveiled, Coming to Australia

The long-awaited BMW M3 Touring is finally here. A car that enthusiasts have been waiting to get their hands on since it was first confirmed in 2020, the model is set to become one of BMW’s best and will be available exclusively in Competition trim with the xDrive all-wheel-drive system. Engine and drivetrain configurations are kept the same as M3 and M4 Competition with a 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology producing 375 kW and 650Nm of torque. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2023 BMW M3 Touring.

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What Powers the 2023 BMW M3 Touring?

Engine

The 2023 BMW M3 Touring features the famous 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line turbocharged engine that produces a maximum output of 375 kW and peak torque of 650Nm. We’ve had the pleasure of testing this same engine in the M4 Competition and M4 Competition Convertible in the last 12 months and were very impressed by the strong wave of torque and overall power delivery. The accompanying soundtrack is hardly hurt by the emissions systems and the exhaust note is one of the best in a new car today.

Drivetrain

While the previous generation M3 utilised a DCT transmission, the new generation features an eight-speed torque converter automatic which is better suited for daily use and behaves as close to a DCT transmission as we’ve tested. Three Drivelogic programs are available at the click of a button with increased shove felt between shifts.

Performance

We’ve long said that the new M3 platform provides all the power you’ll ever need from a new car today and the Touring model follows suit with impressive performance figures. The brand quotes a 0-100 km/h time of 3.6 seconds and a 0-200 km/h takes 12.9 seconds. Opting for the M Driver’s Package increases the electronically limited top speed from 250km/h to 280km/h, should you need that in Australia.

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What Underpins the BMW M3 Touring?

Chassis

The real test for a quality performance wagon is the way it transitions between a daily driver and a performance car. Only a few brands on the market have proven they can handle such a task, and BMW is one of them, so we have high expectations for the M3 Touring. The brand has spent more than two years refining the suspension and chassis controls on the road, track, and country roads. Torsional stiffness in the body structure and chassis mountings is the beginning of a precise performance wagon and the addition of model-specific bracing in the underfloor section and load compartment provides the base.

While it might be a wagon, BMW will introduce the advanced DSC-controlled wheel-slip systems into the drive unit that can switch the M3 Touring into 2WD with 10 stages of wheel slip limitation built into the system. Outside of the hooligan mode, 4WD Sport mode is something we’ve come to love from BMW’s xDrive system and transforms the car into a particularly rear-wheel bias vehicle with all the exciting characteristics you would expect from such a car. Switching off DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) will switch the car into a pure rear-wheel-drive machine for plenty of naughty drifts.

Staggered M-performance wheels are standard with 19-inch wheels up front and 20-inch wheels in the rear. Track tires can be optioned.

Suspension

With a stiff and rigid upper body, the suspension then takes pride of place in the M3 Touring with a double-joint spring strut front axle and five-link rear axle that have M-specific tuning for high rigidity. As expected, the adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers and M Servotronic steering with a variable ratio come as standard on the BMW M3 Touring and is something we really loved in our time with the BMW M4 Competition Convertible earlier this year.

Braking

Two pedal feels are available and optional M Carbon Ceramic brakes can be optioned should you be pushing the vehicle on track. We’ve never had an issue with the standard M Compound braking system on the street, even when pushing the limits of responsible driving.

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What’s the Interior of the 2023 BMW M3 Touring Like?

Infotainment System

Those with a keen eye will immediately notice the introduction of the latest BMW OS 8.0 operating system with 27-inches of screen real estate to the BMW M3 Touring. We first saw this application in the unveiling of the new 3 Series and had a chance to experience the huge screen in the BMW iX xDrive50 SUV. We’re very excited to check out the new ‘M Specific’ display graphics alongside the M widgets that show everything including tire condition. An M Specific heads-up display will also make its debut alongside the new system.

Trims and Touchpoints

Most notably, the M Carbon Bucket Seats make their return, an option that we recommend ticking for those who want to experience the racecar feel that comes with them every time you sit in the car. Electrically adjustable M Sport seats with memory function, seat heating, and Merino leather trim come as standard and we recommend these seats for those who are looking to drive the car more than a few KM per day. The folding rear seats transform the M3 Tourings rear load capacity from 500 litres to 1510 litres.

Related: 2022 BMW M4 Convertible Review: Grand Tourer or Sportscar?

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2023 BMW M3 Touring Availability and Pricing

The new BMW M3 Touring will be available in Australia from Q1 2023 with full pricing set to be revealed closer to release.

Pricing for the current BMW M3 lineup is as follows (before on-road costs);

  • 2022 BMW M3 Base Model – $151,500 AUD
  • 2022 BMW M3 Competition – $160,500 AUD
  • 2022 BMW M3 Compeition xDRIVE – $166,500 AUD

We should expect the BMW M3 Touring to cost around $200,000 AUD.

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Ben McKimm

Ben lives in Sydney, Australia. He has a Bachelor's Degree (Media, Technology and the Law) from Macquarie University (2020). Outside of his studies, he has spent the last decade heavily involved in the automotive, technology and fashion world. Turning his passion and expertise into a Journalist position at Man of Many where he continues to write about everything that interests the modern man. Conducting car reviews on both the road and track, hands-on reviews of cutting-edge technology and employing a vast knowledge in the space of fashion and sneakers to his work. One day he hopes to own his own brand.