BMW M delivered five generations of the M3 before they believed the time was right to give the world an Estate version (known as the M3 Touring).

Over a quarter of a million M3s have been built (and much loved) since the first generation burst onto German Autobahns – and blasted up Kanan Road – in 1986.

Source: Road & Track

Strictly speaking, the development of the 2023 G81 M3 Touring started over twenty years ago, when BMW M built a prototype M3 Touring based on the third generation M3 Coupe – the E46. A one-off unicorn that was spoken of in whispers around BMW HQ in Munich until it was made public in 2016. Sadly the E46 M3 didn’t come in a saloon variant, and the engineering leap for the M3 Touring back then was just too great for BMW M.

BMW E46 M3 Touring Prototype | Source: BMW M

Fast forward to 2022 and after years of stellar vehicle development and marketing, BMW M officially presented the M3 Touring at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June. And just a few months later, the pricing and specifications were released for the Australian market.

2023 M3 Touring in Frozen Black Metallic with Double-spoke style 826 M Black wheels

2023 M3 Touring Highlights 🇦🇺

  • List price: AU$177,500 plus on-road costs
  • 3.0L M TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder inline petrol engine developing 375kW and 650Nm
  • Powerplant combines with eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission
  • 0-100km/h in 3.6 seconds and 0-200km/h in just 12.9
  • Offered exclusively in Competition guise with M xDrive all-wheel-drive system
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional with 12.3” Instrument Display and 14.9” Control Display w.BMW Operating system 8
  • Electrically adjustable M Sport seats with memory function and seat heating plus ‘Merino’ leather trim
  • Automated driving systems – Driving Assistant Professional with Steering and Lane Control Assistant, Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function, traffic light detection and Active Navigation, as well as Parking Assistant Plus with Reversing Assistant.
  • Safety systems include Front Collision Warning, Speed Limit Display, Lane Departure Warning and Park Distance Control.
  • Two vehicle setups can be stored and called up using the M buttons on the steering wheel as well as M Traction Control, M Drive Professional also offers the M Drift Analyser and the M Laptimer.
  • The rear compartment of the BMW M3 Touring has three full-size seats and the rear-seat backrest can be split in a 40:20:40 arrangement. Folding down individual seat sections or all of them at the same time allows the car’s load capacity to expand from 500 litres to a maximum 1510 litres.
2023 M3 Touring in Frozen Black Metallic with Double-spoke style 826 M Black wheels

Option Packages

  • M Carbon Experience: $17,500
    • M Carbon bucket seats
      • 9.6kg weight reduction
      • Cut-outs in the rear seat backrest, side sections and functional belt guides for multi-point seat belts
      • Visible carbon surfaces across back sections
      • Removable headrest cover for additional helmet space
    • M Carbon exterior package
      • Mirror caps in CFRP (Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic)
      • Side inlets in front bumper with CFRP frame structure
      • Rear diffuser insert in CFRP
    • BMW M Driving Experience Advance 1
      • Voucher for BMW M Driving Experience Advance 1 course at BMW Driving Experience
    • M Driver’s package
      • Vmax (top speed) increase from 250 km/h to 280 km/h
      • Voucher for BMW M Driving Experience Advance 2 course at BMW Driving Experience
  • M Carbon ceramic brakes: $16,500+
2023 M3 Touring in Chalk† with the M Carbon Experience package

Exterior & Interior Options

Paintwork

Non-metallic paintwork (no cost options)

  • Alpine White
  • Sao Paulo Yellow

Metallic paintwork (no cost options)

  • Black Sapphire
  • M Portimao Blue
  • M Toronto Red
  • M Isle of Man Green
  • M Brooklyn Grey
  • Skyscraper Grey
  • Aventurine Red

BMW Individual paintwork

  • Dravit Grey ($2,500)
  • Tanzanite Blue ($2,500)
  • Frozen Portimao Blue metallic ($5,000)
  • Frozen Pure Grey metallic ($5,000)
  • Frozen Black metallic ($5,000)
  • Frozen Orange metallic ($5,000)
  • Frozen Brilliant White Metallic ($7,000)
2023 M3 Touring with Fiona Red/Black BMW Individual Full Leather ‘Merino’ interior and M Carbon Experience package

Seat upholstery

Full Leather ‘Merino’ (no cost option)

  • Yas Marina Blue/Black
  • Silverstone/Black
  • Kyalami Orange/Black
  • Black/Black

BMW Individual Full Leather ‘Merino’

  • Fiona Red/Black($1,000)
  • Tartufo ($1,000)
  • Ivory White# ($1,000)
  • Fjord Blue/Black($1,000)

#$3,000 if selected in combination with M carbon bucket seat

Interior trim

M ‘Carbon Fibre’: Standard equipment

  • Incl. CFRP inserts in steering wheel and CFRP gearshift paddles on steering wheel
2023 M3 Touring in Chalk† with Double-spoke style 826 M Black wheels and BMW M 50 year anniversary badging

Wheels

Alloy wheel program (all no cost options)

  • 19-inch/20-inch M forged wheels Double-spoke style 825 M Bicolour Black with mixed tyres
  • 19-inch/20-inch M forged wheels Double-spoke style 825 M Orbit Grey matt with mixed tyres
  • 19-inch/20-inch M forged wheels Double-spoke style 826 M Bicolour Black with mixed tyres
  • 19-inch/20-inch M forged wheels Double-spoke style 826 M Black with mixed tyres

I have to say that if it were my money (and I’m very tempted), it would be the M3 Touring in Tanzanite Blue with the Bicolour Black wheels and the M Carbon Experience package.

Create your M3 Touring on the BMW M Individual Visualiser.


† Colour not available in Australia.