While Audi and Mercedes have been busy producing the RS4 and the C 63 AMG in an estate form, BMW never rolled out a M3 wagon. Well maybe they should have, I’m sure there would have been a lot of customers for such a car.
I am about to present an E90 M3 touring built by Nick Pritchard. He used to own a 2007 318i M Sport Touring that he transformed into something BMW never made. It was actually a friend of his that owned the car and started the project but he had to move and Nick continued the work, while adding a personal touch to the build.
The car looks like it just came off the production line; it is exactly how it would have looked. To get the M3 look a lot of parts needed to be changed: E90 M3 front bumper with a BMW CRT (Carbon Resin Technology) splitter, the vented aluminum hood, BMW Performance grills, E90 M3 side skirts, custom build E90 M3 rear wheel arches and a custom E90 M3/E91 M Sport rear bumper. To give a more aggressive look to the back Nick installed black powder-coated BMW Performance exhaust tips.
The car sits on a 10×20’ set of Breyton Race GTSR-M wheels wrapped in 245/30R20 upfront and 285/25R20 in the rear Falken FK452 tires. Behind them you can see the braking system that consists of a set of 6-pot Brembo calipers with 380mm discs in the front and a set of 4-pot Brembo calipers with 380mm discs in the back. Grip is also provided by a KW Variant three-way adjustable suspension. All this was needed because a M3 donated its engine. Nick also installed a RPi ram air induction and has future plans for adding some boost to it. The M3 M-DCT automated manual transmission has received a E92 M3 GTS software flash which means quicker shifts with less slip at high rpm and a faster engaging reverse gear.
There are other GTS hints along the car, starting with the color of the brake calipers, the emblems on the front fenders, the gear paddles that were CNC-machined and laser-cut by a company called Verstrabe. This is probably the only M3 with a panoramic roof. The seats are Alcantara BMW Performance units.