BMW M is a step closer to taking on the Audi RS4.

    The all-wheel drive BMW M3 Touring Competition has been snapped winter testing, offering a closer look at its interior.

    Behind the wheel, the Touring will feature a curved infotainment and driver’s display running the latest iDrive 8.0 software instead of the split displays and iDrive 7.0 on offer in the current M3 and M4.

    The wider 3 Series range is expected to pick up the new infotainment technology as part of a mid-life refresh during 2022. The newer system already features on the iX and i4 electric cars, along with the 2 Series Active Tourer revealed for Europe.

    Our spy photographers got up close and personal with this particular prototype, and managed to snap images of the M3 Competition badging on its oversized grilles.

    We’re expecting the Touring to be all-wheel drive and automatic only, rather than available with a rear-wheel drive manual like the M3 sedan and M4 coupe.

    The higher-spec M3 Competition and M4 Competition have 375kW and 650Nm from their turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six.

    The claimed 100km/h sprint time is just 3.5 seconds with xDrive all-wheel drive fitted. Expect a wagon to be a few tenths of a second slower.

    Also new on this particular test mule is the ‘B’Ring it on’ livery, which suggests BMW is gunning for the production wagon lap record around the Nurburgring Nordschleife. It’s currently held by the Mercedes-AMG E63 S, which lapped the Green Hell in 7:45.19.

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    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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