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BMW M3 Touring sets Nurburgring wagon lap record

The BMW M3 Touring's teaser campaign continues, but this time the brand has confirmed details about its blistering Nurburgring lap time.

Scott Collie
Scott Collie
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The BMW M3 Touring still hasn’t been revealed, but it’s already setting lap records.

The first-ever production M3 wagon lapped the Green Hell in 7:35.060 in testing, shaving 10 seconds from the previous record for wagons set by the Mercedes-AMG E63 S.

It’s still 15 seconds off what the lighter M4 CSL will do, but you won’t be able to get a Labrador in the back of the CSL.

It’s also within touching distance of the marker laid down by the Tesla Model S Plaid for production electric vehicles.

The Touring will be revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, on the back of a protracted teaser campaign.

Available only in all-wheel drive Competition guise, the Touring packs a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six engine making 375kW of power and 650Nm of torque.

Unsurprisingly, previously spied M3 Touring prototypes confirm it’ll receive the BMW Curved Display like the regular M3 sedan and updated 3 Series sedan and wagon.

In these vehicles the curved dash houses a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

This curved dash runs the latest BMW Operating System 8 which has new map displays, an enhanced intelligent voice assistant, and for M vehicles an interface that includes an M-specific layout.

BMW’s reluctance to develop a long-roof M3 has long proved puzzling, especially considering it’s applied the M name to tuned versions of the X3X4X5 and X6 SUVs and has offered M5 wagons in the past.

Rival Audi has a rich heritage in high-performance wagons. Its very first RS-branded car was the RS2 Avant, which was succeeded by the first-generation RS4 that was also only offered as a wagon.

Likewise, Mercedes-Benz has always offered a wagon version of its hottest, AMG-fettled C-Class models.

When it’s revealed, the BMW M3 Touring will be the first mass-produced long-roofed M car in the model’s long and storied history. The company only ever built a prototype E46 M3 wagon in 2000.

MORE: Everything BMW M3

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Scott Collie
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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