BMW M3 Touring: A Wagon to Rival the Greats

For years, BMW fans clamoured for the M3 Touring. They envision it as the ultimate daily driver due to its practicality and M3 performance. However, the question arises with numerous fast wagons from other manufacturers providing a similar experience. How does the new M3 Touring measure against the best, such as the B7 Audi RS4 Avant? In a recent comparison conducted by Top Gear, this question was explored.

BMW fans may not be familiar with the B7 RS4 Avant. The B7 RS4 Avant is widely regarded as one of Audi’s best creations. It is based on the B7 Audi A4 Avant (2006-2009) and packs a 4.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine. This impressive engine generates 420 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque, revving up to an astonishing 8,250 rpm. It’s worth noting that the RS4’s V8 engine achieved this high rpm with a slightly larger displacement. This is a fact compared to the revered E92 M3’s 4.0-litre V8, several years earlier. Additionally, this same V8 engine was utilized in the original Audi R8 supercar.

The B7 RS4 Avant boasts a six-speed manual transmission, all-wheel drive, and an enhanced suspension system. It also includes upgraded steering, increased chassis rigidity, and larger brakes. Lastly, it shows off a sleek design that remains impressive today. One of its unique features was the carbon fibre intake manifold that turned yellow over time due to the engine bay’s heat.

We are already familiar with the BMW M3 Touring. It boasts a 3.0-litre twin-turbo I6 engine capable of producing 503 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. It’s also matched with an eight-speed ZF auto and all-wheel drive. Regarding power and performance, the M3 Touring outperforms the older Audi, with a 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds compared to Audi’s time of high fours.

Despite the BMW M3 Touring’s impressive power and performance, there are certain driver engagement factors where the B7 RS4 Avant has an edge. For instance, the B7 RS4 Avant boasts a manual transmission, eight cylinders, and natural aspiration. Meanwhile, the M3 Touring has a torque-converter auto and a six-cylinder engine with turbochargers. Moreover, the RS4 Avant produces an incredible sound reminiscent of the E92 M3, which the M3 Touring can’t match.

Which car reigns supreme? Is it the old-school B7 RS4 Avant that boasts a manual transmission, an eight-cylinder engine, and a remarkable noise that outdoes even the M3 Touring? Or does the new, odd-looking M3 Touring, equipped with a regular automatic transmission and synthetic computer controls, take the crown? Discover the verdict by checking out Top Gear’s article.

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