BMW M3 wagon spy shots reveal ‘that grille’ is here to stay

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Words: Matthew Hansen
17 Sep 2020

More spy footage is starting to emerge of BMW’s next M cars, the M3 and M4, with one particular selection of photos that appeared earlier this week detailing the M3 Touring.

There’s little in the shots that hasn’t been seen before, but all round they give us the best look yet at what BMW’s next-gen performance estate will look like.

For a start, there’s barely any form-factor camouflage in play. This means we can see most of the M3 wagon’s lines and curves. As you’d expect, it features a more pumped out set of guards front and rear compared to the ordinary estate.

Vents on the flanks of the front bumper appear to provide cooling for the front brakes. Around the back a set of quad exhaust pipes, sitting underneath a similar set of tail lights — punctuated by LED hockey sticks similar to the standard Touring.

The most notable point, though, remains the controversial front end. According to these new spy shots and others traveling through the internet, both the M3 and M4 will sport the larger, bolder, more aggressive twin-kidney layout that’s divided the internet for most of the year.

BMW has already confirmed that the standard M3 will be powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight six sourced from the X3 M and X4 M, which produces 353kW/598Nm in entry level models and 375kW/598Nm in Competition variants.

It’s unconfirmed whether the M3 Touring will get the same engine under the bonnet. But, if so, it becomes an interesting counterpoint to the (admittedly larger) Audi RS 6 Avant.

The new M3 and M4 are set to be revealed later this month.

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