There’s always so much happening at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and this year was no different, well except for the fact that some of the automakers that showed off their wares there were also celebrating milestone anniversaries. One of these was BMW M which celebrated its 50th birthday and used the event to launch and showcase its latest batch of awesomeness. The first official M-powered Touring was introduced to the world, and at the same time, BMW M showed off a liveried-up M3 Touring that will be put to work as an official safety car in the coming months at some of the world’s premier on-track events.
This latest safety car fleet is based on the first-ever BMW M3 Competition Touring with M xDrive, as you can see from the YouTube video below, the car has all the performance needed to safely lead a pack of cars or bikes around a circuit at a high enough speed that the racers can all keep their needed operating and tyre temperatures when a safety car or pace car is needed. This is because the all-new, official BMW M3 Touring with M xDrive is quite the monster, featuring a powerful twin-turbocharged inline-six that kicks out 375 kW (510 hp) with 650 Nm of torque, complete with an M-specific exhaust system, an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic and an Active M Differential. This longroof is capable of hitting 100 km/h in just 3.6-seconds, 0 - 200 km/h happens in a mere 12.9-seconds and the wagon has an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) or 280 km/h (174 mph) with the right speed package.
Take a look at the YouTube video that shows exactly why the BMW M3 Touring is up for the task of a pace car, lead car - actually an anything on track car. We're sure this is set to be the King of the Longroofs, well in the ICE sphere anyway, EVs look set to offer more soon: THE M3 TOURING. Fast Lap Nordschleife | BMW M
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