New 2022 BMW M3 Touring testing begins

This is our best look yet at the new BMW M3 Touring as it undergoes development testing on the outskirts of Munich, ahead of its expected debut in 2022. When it eventually reaches the UK market, it’ll be the first official M3 Touring, which will provide direct competition for the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate and Audi RS 4 Avant.

Like previously spied development cars, this latest BMW M3 Touring mule features the same vertical kidney grilles used to controversial effect on the new 4 Series and the next M4. There’ll also be the same range of aggressive styling cues found on the new M3, including a deep front splitter, flared wheel arches, broader side skirts and a new rear spoiler.

The usual quad-exit exhaust system will feature, following the trend set by the E46 M3 in the early 2000s. This latest test mule also sports a set of BMW’s trademark 19-inch “snowflake” alloy wheels, which we expect will make their way onto the finished product. Our exclusive illustration gives an indication of how the finished M3 Touring will look.

New 2022 BMW M3 Touring: engine and drivetrain

BMW recently confirmed that the new M3 Touring will be powered by a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engine. It’ll be the same 3.0-litre powertrain found in the X3 M and X4 M performance SUVs – which should give the hot M3 estate an output of 503bhp and 600Nm of torque.

The M3 Touring will also feature the same selectable four-wheel drive system as the M3 saloon, which will allow the driver to send 100 per cent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels. BMW also confirmed that the hot estate will have a wider track than the standard model, which will be complemented by an uprated suspension system.

These latest images also show that the new M3 Touring will feature an enormous set of drilled and vented brake rotors, gripped by beefy six-piston calipers. Like all performance BMWs, the car’s alloys will be wrapped in sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.

BMW says the M3 Touring is still in the early stages of its two-year development cycle, so we’re unlikely to see the finished car until late 2022 at the earliest. The first test mules are now testing on public roads, along with a few track-based prototypes, which will undergo a rigorous test cycle at the Nurburgring.

The upcoming M-performance version of the G20 3 Series estate will be the spiritual successor to BMW’s prototype E46 generation M3 Touring, which made its debut in 2000. The fully functioning one-off model was powered by the same 338bhp straight-six engine as the M3 Coupe of the day but, sadly, BMW never brought the model to market.

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