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BMW considering M3 Touring

by Drew Johnson

Americans shouldn't get too excited at the prospect of an M3 wagon.

BMW recently unveiled its all-new 3 Series sedan at the Paris Motor Show and, as with almost every 3 Series that came before it, the automaker is planning to release a wagon variant of the new model in short order. However, a new report suggests BMW has something rather more special planned for this generation of the 3 Series Touring.

According to Autocar, BMW is seriously considering extending the M3 treatment to the wagon version of the new G21 generation 3 Series. BMW has never officially produced an M3 Touring before.

The M3 wagon isn't a sure thing just yet, but BMW brass are said to be keen on producing a car to rival the likes of the Audi RS4 Avant and Mercedes-AMG C63 wagon. The idea of an M3 wagon is also gaining traction since it would require minimal development costs.

Not much is known about the next-gen M3 at this point, but it will likely use a turbocharged straight-six engine with about 500 horsepower. We've also heard rumblings that BMW may even offer the new M3 with a manual transmission.

However, the news of an M3 Touring isn't all good. BMW doesn't even sell the normal 3 Series wagon in the United States, so it's highly unlikely that the wagon variant will every reach these shores.

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