Along with Japan and Australia, Britain helped persuade BMW to build the M3 Touring in right-hand drive. With deliveries of the super-wagon in the UK underway, the automaker’s local division has decided to come up with a custom G81 crammed with options. The dumper of the Speed family has a matte individual finish (Frozen Portimao Blue) with carbon-ceramic brakes with contrasting gold calipers.
Bavaria’s belated answer to the AMG C63 T-Model and the Audi RS4 Avant bears the 50-year M anniversary emblems as well as numerous carbon fiber exterior accents. The blacked-out kidney is flanked by laser headlights, while the black roof reminds us that BMW M doesn’t offer a carbon option for the M3 Touring. It is only available for the sedan, and with the 3 Series LCI introduced in 2022, the lightweight sheet metal is also available for the M340i Sedan.
As attractive as the exterior may be, the real highlight is the interior, where BMW UK has opted for the full leather interior in Merino Ivory White. You’ll also notice the optional front bucket seats with a carbon fiber shell for a race car vibe in a station wagon. To bring the point home, there’s even more carbon on the dash and steering wheel spokes.
As BMW waits until the 3 Series Life Cycle Impulse to launch the M3 Touring, the high-performance station wagon features the iDrive 8. The sleek curved glass houses a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch touchscreen shared with the M3 sedan, M340i and the smaller 3 Series models. It’s probably only a matter of time before the 4 Series Coupé/Cabriolet and its M derivatives are upgraded to the latest hardware.
Company insiders claim the M3 Touring will have a long lifespan even though it will be introduced with the 3 Series LCI. It will reportedly go on sale through 2027 and could even get a nudge mid-decade when the M3 sedan and M4 coupe/convertible are definitely received visual adjustments.