BMW Won’t Make An F81 M3 Touring, So This Guy Built One

For some reason that baffles enthusiasts (but completely makes sense to number crunchers), BMW hasn’t jumped on the estate bandwagon when it comes to the M3 family.

Still, there’s a way to benefit from the closest thing to an M3 Touring, and that would be turning over to Alpina. Or, if your budget allows it, and you’re not afraid of getting your hands dirty, then you could always make your own (faux) BMW M3 Touring.

We figure the 340i xDrive would be a good starting point. After all, it can be had in RWD or AWD, and has a punchy engine. But surprisingly, the car shared here appears to have started life with a diesel engine under the hood. That’s before the owner swapped the original unit for an S55 unit, which initially made 450PS (444hp / 331kW) and 550Nm (406lb-ft) of torque.

Also Read: Six Used BMW Touring Wagons For Every Pocket And Taste

The word ‘initially’ plays a big role, as the car benefited from a Stage 2 tuning upgrade, which included ECU remapping and Eventuri intakes. The result is 530PS (523hp / 390kW), which makes this unofficial BMW M3 Touring more powerful than the M3 CS, which takes 3.9sec to reach 100km/h (62mph), and maxes out at 280km/h (173mph).

It’s unknown how fast this one-off project is, but its owner wasn’t satisfied with the M3’s engine alone. So, he went on and installed an M-Performance exhaust system, an M3 Competition Package, the hood from the M4 GTS, a special steering wheel and a KW suspension, among other work. But you can see the result for yourselves on film below, right after the jump.


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  • Brent Morrison

    I would like to see him open the boot and show how well finished the hatch is.

    • Cool guy

      He started with the estate version…

      • Brent Morrison

        That’s even worse considering there are M3 exclusive internals. Most likely it will not perform as good as the original.

        • ProtectOurHeritage

          It will perform just like an M3 because it has an S55 M3 engine. Try reading the article?

          • Bob

            You do know an M3 isn’t just the engine right?

          • ProtectOurHeritage

            Yes! However, if the owner is serious enough to use an M3 engine, why wouldn’t they use all the other required parts? This car has had some serious money spent on it!

          • Bob

            Your statement only tells me a lot about what you would do with a project like this and I can respect that. There are no guarantees, however, that anyone else would do the same.

            If you read the article, you can already see some discrepancies. For instance, KW suspension was used. I don’t know everything about M3s admittedly but I can’t find information stating that M3s come with KW suspension from the factory. Without getting into which is better or worse, we can already agree that that alone is not an M3 part. That is, unless M3s use KW suspension of course.

          • Brent Morrison

            Apparently people here don’t know how much research and development goes into building a car… Lol and think that a backyard project is as good as the original. I doubt they have access to the Nurnburgring and race car drivers to tune their cars.

    • salamOOn

      dude…its like factory finished?!

  • Alfa Giulia QV

    So basically taking an 3 series touring and make an M3 out of it? At least from what I can see it was done well.

  • Victor Ferreira

    Very amusing, but it’s missing a rear wiper 😀

    I’ve seen some very good E46 Touring M3 builds, so this is refreshing to see. Sad that BMW never made either of these cars.

  • Major Lee Gassole

    Very tastefully done. Perfect stance, wheels, bodywork, etc. Nice to see such craftsmanship and attention to detail.

  • Autoexperte

    don’t understand why BMW don’t built a M3 estate

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