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By Charl Bosch

Motoring Journalist

WATCH: BMW M3 Touring set to debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed next month

A rumoured unveiling will provide the event's highlight where 50 years of the BMW M division will be celebrated.

Fifty years of BMW’s M division will reportedly be celebrated at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom with the long-awaited reveal of the new M3 Touring.

Teased in a pair of videos on the BMW M YouTube page in March and then April, but confirmed outright back in 2020, the first-ever M3 estate will take centre stage on the grounds of Goodwood House when the three-day event kicks off on 23 June.

“As BMW M, we feel honoured to play a very special role at this year’s Festival of Speed. For our 50th anniversary, we couldn’t imagine a better place to celebrate our products with fans of the brand,” BMW M boss Frank van Meel was quoted by the BMW Blog as saying.

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Despite not naming the M3 Touring by name, van Meel let slip that it is “looking forward to unveiling a certain vehicle to the world’s public for the first time – a vehicle we have been waiting a long time for”.

Extensively updated and in some cases, re-engineered from the standard 3 Series Touring underneath its skin, the M3 Touring will square-off against the Audi RS4 Avant and the incoming Mercedes-AMG C63, with availability set to be restricted to the flagship Competition model.

This means the standard inclusion of not only the eight-speed Steptronic gearbox, but also the xDrive all-wheel-drive system in order compete directly with the RS4 and the C63.

BMW M3 Touring teaser
All wrapping will soon be removed. Screengrab: BMW M YouTube.

As with its sedan stablemate, and also the M4 Competition, the M3 Touring will be powered by the S58 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six engine that makes 375kW/650Nm.

Top speed is expected to be limited to 290 km/h with the 0-100 km/h sprint likely to hover around the four-second mark.

It’s unveiling set to follow the 20 May debut of the M4 CSL, the M3 Touring, for now, continues to remain a no-no for South Africa, though expect an official announcement once the covers come off at Goodwood next month.

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