It’s strange that BMW’s sharp station wagons never sizzled too much. The BMW M5 appeared in only two generations – the E34 and later as the ten-cylinder E61. However, less than two thousand were sold with the Touring body of both generations together. At the same time, the Mercedes-AMG and especially the Audi RS Avant have achieved considerable success. But enthusiasts have always called for a smaller and more agile M3 Touring, and now, on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the BMW Motorsport division, we finally got it.

The Touring is sold exclusively in the enhanced version of the M3 Competition, which means that it has 510 hp and 650 Nm and accelerates to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds. It also has a sharp gearbox and adjustable all-wheel drive, which allows you to disconnect the front wheels and drive with a clean rear wheel (ie, the same as a sedan). The suspension is tuned differently than in the sedan, because the station wagon is 85 kg heavier, but as a result both cars behave practically equally well on the road, maybe only on the circuit an experienced driver would notice that the Touring needs a little less to turn and vice versa he more willingly throws his ass to the side.

Add to that the practicality inherent in all three-door station wagons – that is, including the independently opening window of the fifth door and a trunk volume of up to 1,510 liters when the seats are folded down – and you get a universal car that can play the role of a family transporter as convincingly as the role of an uncompromising sports car.

Of course, it costs something, specifically the tested piece exceeded 3.1 million crowns. However, it could have been even more expensive if it had carbon ceramic brakes as well as deep carbon shell seats. However, I honestly feel that these two additional fees are not worth it for most people. They are for those who really want to ride the circuit seriously (and often). If you live near the Nordschleife and have a season ticket, then please, that would make sense. But the deep seats are simply too deep, difficult to get in and out of, and the M3’s standard sports seats provide more than decent lateral guidance on the road. Standard steel disc brakes are a no-brainer.

What else caught my eye on the BMW M3 Touring and whether anything irritated me at all, you can see in the video.