Swiss tuner Dähler almost gives us the M3 wagon of our dreams

Who doesn't love wagons?
by Greg Potts | May 2, 2020
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If you’ve ever graced these pages before, you’ll know exactly how much we love almost everything that Alpina builds. You’ll also know that the new 455hp B3 Touring holds a special place in our hearts, because BMW flat-out refuses to give us a proper M3 wagon.

But wait—there’s now another option for those who want a bonkers quick Bavarian wagon, courtesy of Swiss tuning company Dähler.

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What you see above started life as a 369hp, four-wheel-drive BMW M340i xDrive Touring—or, in other words, peak 3-Series while we wait for the new M3 sedan. But Dähler decided that was totally inadequate, so it now offers two stages of power increases. First up is Level 1, which ups power to 429hp and torque to 628Nm (from 500Nm as standard). But that’s for wimps—naturally you’ll want the most power available, so Level 2 brings a healthy 468hp and 687Nm of torque from the 3.0-liter straight-six.

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And that’s not all, there’s also that fantastic quad-exit stainless-steel exhaust and either manually adjustable competition coilovers or lowering springs. Plus, there’s a little Swiss flag on the sharkfin—cute!

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We’re not completely sold on the rest of the looks, though. That blacked-out grille is pretty mean and the front lip looks good, but the 20-inch forged wheels have nothing on Alpina’s iconic options.

So, what do you think, wagon fans?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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