The M3 Touring, The New Lap Record Holder For The Fastest Production Wagon Around The Nürburgring

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Despite the popularity of SUVs today, some manufacturers still persist with wagons versions of their performance models. BMW joins the party with the M3 Touring, boasting a Nürburgring lap record for production wagons of 7:35.06.

The last high-performance wagon was the E61 M5 Touring, released in 2004, a good 18 years ago. Up until recently, if you wanted a perhaps more powerful 3 Series wagon, the Alpina B3 Touring was your only answer. But now, your prayers have been answered, with the new G81 M3 Touring.

Power wise, the M3 Touring doesn't differ from the M3 sedan, producing the same 510hp and 650Nm of torque from a twin-turbocharged 3.0 litre inline six engine. Unlike the sedan, which come with either an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission with rear wheel or all-wheel drive, the M3 Touring will only be available with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive, with 0 - 100km/h taking 3.6 seconds.

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The biggest difference that the M3 Touring has over the M3 sedan is the boot space, given the now larger rear proportions. While the M3 sedan has 480 litres of boot space, the M3 Touring comes with 500 litres of boot space, which is further increased to 1510 litres when the rear seats are all folded down. 

And just like any other modern BMW product, the M3 Touring comes with the latest eighth-generation of iDrive with Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for all your connectivity needs. Safety assist systems like front collision warning and lane departure warning come as standard, with other systems like active cruise control and BMW's Parking Assistant with Reversing Assistant available as optional extras. 

As with a BMW M product, the M3 Touring is fitted with performance enhancing features like adaptive suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers, lightweight forged wheels, variable ratio steering and (optional) carbon ceramic brakes. Additionally, the traction control is an M-specific system with 10 stages for wheel slip.

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For now, it is uncertain if the M3 Touring will be coming to Singapore. If anything, judging by how hotly anticipated the M3 Touring was prior to its official reveal still shows that the wagon, especially a high performance wagon, could very well still relevant in the world today.

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