The recently unveiled M3 Touring will remain forbidden fruit.
Officially, we are holding our breath.
This is a simple matter, really. If BMW deems North America worthy of an M5 Touring, the automotive media from every state, province, town, and village will be talking about it for years. That alone offsets the fact that BMW will only sell a few thousand units per year in both Canada and the US.
And they’ll be able to charge an easy $130,000 or more and the units will still move. Despite the fact that station wagons long ago lost out to SUVs on the Continent, the M5 Touring is not for wagon buyers, they are destined for enthusiasts who already lust heavily after the Mercedes-AMG E 63 estate and the exquisite Audi RS 6 Avant. There’s more than enough room for an M5 longroof.
“We do see the demand increasing, especially in regard to M, because the US is our single biggest market, our most important market,” responded M boss Frank van Meel. He ads in his discussion with CarBuzz that American dealers have seen a huge upshot in demand for M-badged wagons: “We listened to our dealers and our customers, and they’re coming more and more, asking for a touring. So, we are taking that into consideration.”
van Meel suggests we keep our eyes open and if one shows up on the Nurburgring, it means that it’s on the way. And as far as the powertrain is concerned, there’s a chance it will be shared with the recently-launched XM. The next-generation M5 should break cover in the following months.