It has been a few months since we last saw the first test drives of the BMW M3 Touring on public roads in Germany. While what you see above may look like another spy photo of the Quick Succession, it’s actually an official teaser photo taken directly from the Munich-based company. It doesn’t show much of the car, although it’s a positive sign that development and testing is continuing as planned.
Judging by the license plates, the teaser image represents the same prototype we spied testing in May this year. (see the attached gallery). Everything matches – including the wheels and the cool roof spoiler on the rear, although the driver’s side “Bring It On” banner appears to be new. This likely means that the M3 Touring undergoes extensive high-speed testing around the Nürburgring in Germany.
Looking quickly at the comments below the teaser image, we get the impression that most BMW M fans would like to see the performance area with a different front end than the M3 / M4 duo. Sadly, that doesn’t appear to be the case, as previous spy photos have confirmed that the front fascia’s giant grille setup will be largely unchanged in the field.
People are also asking for all-wheel drive to make the M3 Touring a real competitor to the Audi RS4. We can all but confirm that the estate will get a modified version of BMW’s xDrive system that will be more performance oriented and favor the rear wheels. In fact, all the oily elements should be transferred from the M3 sedan, including the 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six developing up to 503 hp. Purists will be delighted to learn that a version with three pedals should also be there.
If you like what you see and live in the United States, don’t get too upset. Despite the online petition asking BMW to bring the performance area to the US market, the automaker has already confirmed that it has no plans to do so. If you live in Europe, however, you can expect the M3 Touring to fully debut at some point next year.