The BMW M3 is an icon. Not only when it was presented in 1986, but it remains one until today. What’s more important is that it was also an icon in the year 2000 when the third generation with the works code E46 saw the light of day. In terms of sales figures, this series was one of the most successful models from BMW M – as Coupé and Cabrio. As they went on sale, however, the engineers already had a third chassis variant in mind: the BMW M3 E46 Touring Concept. The icon as a Touring model? For some, not to be taken seriously, for others, a must. At M GmbH, it didn’t remain an idea for long: a feasibility study and a real prototype had to be made.