BMW Australia will give local fans and customers the chance to kick the tyres on some key incoming models this coming weekend – including the M3 Touring and XM.
Neither of these two new BMW M products are on sale yet.
Its BMW M division will run an “elaborate outdoor installation” at Motorclassica 2022, which will once again be held at Melbourne’s historic Royal Exhibition Building.
On display will be the new XM plug-in hybrid, which only made its world premiere last week and doesn’t go on sale until the first half of 2023.
The BMW M3 Touring will also be on show, giving prospective buyers a chance to kick the tyres on the first production M3 wagon to date, before it too arrives from early 2023.
Intriguingly, BMW says it will also be giving people an early look at a mystery new model – or variant – due to premiere next week.
BMW says visitors will be given the chance to “inspect a model that will only make its world premiere the week following Motorclassica 2022”.
“The new model will be available to view in an ‘eyes only’ setting behind closed doors prior to its global reveal,” BMW added, suggesting (we’d imagine) some sort of setting where phones aren’t allowed, to stop pics leaking onto social media.
We’re going to take an educated guess and say the mystery machine might be this ultra-limited-edition version of the M4 CSL. Our spy photographers caught the car testing in late June.
Other BMW M cars on show will include the i4 M50 EV, and classics such as the 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL ‘Batmobile’ homologation special, the 2016 BMW M4 GTS – of which only 700 were made – and the “lightweight legend” BMW M3 CSL from 2003.
It’s small wonder BMW M sees value in showing future products in the metal to Australians, given one-in-five BMWs sold locally wear an M badge – one of the highest proportions in the world.
“Our exhibition space at Motorclassica 2022 will truly celebrate the BMW M division in grand and appropriate style, providing fans a very special opportunity to experience models from our history that have shaped the brand, alongside those that have only just been revealed to the world, and even one that has yet to break cover,” added BMW Australia marketing boss Alex McLean.
Motorclassica 2022 will be held at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building from Friday October 7 to Sunday October 9.