BMW M3 estate spied in camo (again)
Updated clear shots of BMW's highly anticipated high-performance estate.
The recent release of the BMW M3 and M4 have been met with some serious controversy, but under wraps, we think the estate version looks rather suave with the long kidney grille. We'll leave for debate.
Whilst returning from a private testing facility near the famed Nürburgring, the estate variant of the M3 was spotted once again, in the same visual specification (camouflage and wheels) as the previous spy photos detailed back in early September.
These images let slip a clear look into the upcoming design of the estate's hatched-back - so wagon fans rejoice, cause that's one helluva chunky rear.
The quad tipped exhausts are larger and positioned closer to the centre than the outgoing F80 M3, and the rear arches can be described with the word 'fat', with the ex-tyre shredder's wide wheels fitting in just under the fenders.
In addition to the widened fenders and enlarged exhausts, likewise to the new M4 and M3 saloon - the new hot estate gains a pair of aggressive looking side-skirts, mirrors and an elongated rear bumper, but ditches the iconic Hofmeister kink found in most previous BMW models.
For those who care about specifications, the upcoming M3 estate will share the 3.0L turbocharged straight-six found in the saloon and M4 coupe variants, tuned to 353kW (473hp) - or 375kW (503hp) in Competition trim. The base car will be available for enthusiast buyers with a six-speed manual box and rear-wheel drive alongside the eight-speed ZF automatic AWD, but the latter will only be available in auto with all-wheel drive - note 'ex-tyre shredder' as we said earlier.
BMW has never made a proper M3 estate car, so as a high-performance car to take to the track and haul cargo to the airport, this upcoming M3 might just tick all the boxes. What do you think?