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BMW M3 Touring (2022). The station wagon already breaks a record at the Nürburgring

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The first BMW M3 station wagon in history has no right to disappoint. To ensure that its chassis meets expectations, BMW has therefore spent a lot of time on one of the most prestigious and challenging testing grounds on the planet: the Nürburgring’s North Loop. One of the latest videos spiteful before the official presentation, which will take place on 22 June at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, has chosen to focus on this aspect of development in detail. It briefly reveals a time trial that gives an insight into the performance and efficiency of this beefy engine.

The Mercedes-AMG E 63 S joke

If the BMW M3 Touring still doesn’t show everything, it no longer tries to hide its large grille, shared with the sedan.
BMW M3 Touring Nurburgring time trial
The first M3 Touring improves the North Loop record in the station wagon category by more than 10 seconds.

The twenty kilometers of the Nordschleife were in fact devoured by this M3 Touring in just 7’35 ”060. This is nearly 10 seconds better than the previous record in the station wagon category, owned since 2017 by the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S. A performance all the more remarkable as the BMW suffers from a deficit of over 100 hp compared to this distant competitor of the star. But this handicap is partially offset by its more compact size and probably more reasonable weight. In addition, the times are now recorded on a slightly longer route than a few years ago: 20,832 km instead of 20.6 km. However, it should be noted that the two lap times were not achieved in the same conditions, being that of the E-Class carried out by the German magazine Motor sportswithout manufacturer support, which generally leads to slower lead times.

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510 hp for the first M3 Break production

However, that shouldn’t lead to disparaging the performance of this break-up M3, which is still on par with a 1,000-plus-horsepower Tesla Model S Plaid, record holder for production electric cars. BMW, will have to be “satisfied” with 510 hp, like the sedan from which it derives. Power still extracted from a 3.0 twin-turbo in-line six-cylinder, associated with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It remains to be seen whether xDrive all-wheel drive will still be optional, as is the case with the four-door. For this Touring variant intended for a smaller distribution, the brand could decide to offer it as standard too. Especially since the main rival, the Audi RS4, now at the end of her career, she has always been a fervent fan of four-wheel drive. Including her with the new Competition Pack she recently offered, as if she’d wanted to polish her guns before this new competitor’s arrival.

Audi RS4 package before the competition
The main rival of the M3 Touring, the Audi RS4 was recently available with a Competizione package which reinforces its sportiness.

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