A significant chunk of American BMW fans seem to resent the company’s 5 Series Gran Turismo and recently introduced 3 Series Gran Turismo models. Much of that resentment stems from the widely held that they are pointless vehicles (all the length and height of a minivan or crossover with – thanks to their fastback rooflines – a fraction of the utility), but there are lots of other people who resent Munich’s four-wheeled platypuses because they (along with the brand’s phalanx of crossovers) give the mothership justification for holding out on this market when it comes to station wagons.
Yeah, we know, BMW is sending over new 3 Series wagons with both gas and diesel engines. But unless you’re perfectly okay with all-wheel-drive, an 8-speed automatic transmission and four-cylinder turbocharged engines, you’re going to be disappointed about at least one aspect of the latest U.S.-spec 3er Touring’s powertrain. However, at least we can get the 3 Wagon here; the larger 5 Series Wagon is no longer offered here at all. And this withholding is even more galling now that AC Schnitzer has revealed a line of tuning packages for the current 5er Touring (a.k.a. F11).