First photos of the BMW M3 GTS

BMW M3 | November 4th, 2009 by 42

Even when you see it from a distance, you are instantly electrified. As a BMW M enthusiast, every step you take towards the orange painted …

Even when you see it from a distance, you are instantly electrified. As a BMW M enthusiast, every step you take towards the orange painted concept vehicle of the BMW M3 GTS with its numerous matt black applications raises your adrenaline level a little more.

Exclusive 19-inch wheels with ample 225/35 tyres at the front and 285/30 at the rear catch your eye.

All this is certainly nice looking and sensible, but what you glimpse through the spokes of the aluminium wheel rims is even more exciting: a generously sized fixed caliper brake system with six pistons at the front and four at the rear.


The wheels almost fill out the wheel arches, but if you look closely you discover the next highlight. Yellow springs with a small M logo provide the crucial clue: a threaded suspension, adjustable in compression and rebound. “The rear axle support is bolted in place,” adds the responsible engineer.

The expert will also spot the adjustable front splitter and rear wing. One thing is clear: this car is serious stuff. Not only can a high level of downforce be generated but it also precisely adjustable at front and rear. Fast bends can look forward to welcoming the BMW M3 GTS – but they won’t get to see it for long.

“The serial production BMW M3 is already weight-optimised with a whole range of measures reserved for the BMW M3 CSL in the last model – the striking carbon lightweight roof, for example.”

So the engineers had to get back to work again to come up with more. Light body-contoured seats are a must.

A cluster of lightweight construction measures such as optimisation of the insulation, the use of lightweight parts in the interior, the use of Macrolon for the car’s windows in the back, the lack of air conditioning, navigation and radio and the entire rear seat also gets the scales the down.

And the new titanium rear silencer not only looks great and contributes to the thrilling sound of the BMW M3 GTS, it is also much lighter than its serial production counterpart.

Indispensable for safety reasons: the lightweight construction body has been prepared for installation of the 6-point seatbelt included for use on the race track. There are also mounts for the roll-over protective structure bolted on from the B column. A fire extinguisher and a battery master switch/emergency shut-off preparation do not make the car lighter either – but safer.

So the BMW M3 GTS concept vehicle puts the scales up to around 1490 kilograms – causing the engineer to give an appreciative nod.

And the drivetrain? The heart of the BMW M3 GTS?

The car is fitted with a 7-speed M dual clutch transmission with adapted shift characteristics. But an absolute highlight is to be found under the bonnet. Exclusively for the BMW M3 GTS, the engine builders of BMW M – recent winners of the Engine of the Year Award once again – have developed a power unit based on the M high-performance engine of the current BMW M3: with a capacity of 4.4 litres and an output of some 450 bhp, it will catapult the light BMW M3 GTS into a whole new sphere.

After all, the aim is to clearly beat the lap time of the legendary M3 CSL on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. And test runs certainly give grounds for optimism.

M3 GTS weights 1490 kg (3285 lbs), 419 lbs less than the stock M3 coupe’s 3704-lb curb weight. First deliveries are scheduled to begin in Germany next May, carrying a sticker price of 115,000 euros (about $170k). According to current planning, registrations in other countries will be possible from summer 2010.

[Source: m-power ]

42 responses to “First photos of the BMW M3 GTS”

  1. Andrew says:

    Looks great! No M color for it though?

  2. Jordan says:

    gorgeous!! i’m so disappointed it apparently isn’t coming to north america tho :(

    the 4.4l engine im guessing would be the 4.4 V8 from the X5 M and X6 M minus the turbos? cause if they bored out 4.0l V8 i’d assume the walls wouldn’t be thick enough to have decent reliability

    • Matt Stokes says:


      This engine is derived from the current M3 engine according to the text… so, between the bore and the stroke they got another 10% displacement from somewhere… ALLLL GOOD! :)

  3. Bryce says:

    Anyone know what it costs to ship a vehicle overseas…

    • wazon says:

      Shipping costs around 1000$, but you had to add some costs coming from transport in Germany and taxes in US or Canada. The first two are pretty cheap. Tax is most expensive thing here. I don’t know how things stand in US, but when I shipped car from US, European tax was 13% of its market value in Europe and it was painful thing to pay.

      • Andrew says:

        There’s also the federalization issue which can be pricey in and of it self and isn’t a guarantee that the car passes inspection

        • wazon says:

          Yeap, I forgot about these. In Europe, one has to exchange headlights and taillinghts on European. And most likely, one has to exchange these elements in US. Differences between headlights consists on fallowing features: if it’s not bixenon, European headlights delivers so called yellow beam of light, whereas US headlights – so called white beam of light. Moreover, in European headlights there is regulation of height of beam of light, whereas US’ throw beam of light straigh on. European taillights have orange turn signals, US’ – red. And last stuffs, in Europe there are no orange lights on each side of bumpers. As far as I remember there is no other elements one needs to exchange to pass inspection. In past, one has to exchange brakes eighter or at least it was a case when you bought original US car.

  4. Elio says:

    YESS!! So I guess this is the answer to the 911 GT3?

  5. Matt Stokes says:


    Wanna get me some Jagermeister stickers for it!!!

    For the record, I believe they are doing this so any race variants of the M3 (GT2, GT4, ITC Italian Superstars), that rely on road ready homologised engines, will have now gained an extra 10-15% in hp and torque.. BMW may not be in F1 anymore… but the M3 truly is coming to a racetrack near YOU, and it’s going to win!

  6. eracer says:

    I think you meant 255/35R19 on the Front tires, not 225/35. 225 front with 285 rear would promote some terrible understeer.

  7. bunker says:

    TIres by Pirelli, eh? VERY interesting…

  8. wazon says:

    Great car. Actually,it’s the biggest surprise BMW made in few years and we finally have decent successor of M3 CSL e46.

  9. KidrauhlM5 says:

    3 words. WOW!!!

  10. bnc says:

    This really puts a smile on my face.. in a year from now these will be all over the nurburgring where they belong.

  11. Alex says:

    with roll cage and all, this is suppose to go against the 911 GT3 cup. i personally dun think it is a match to the cup but well, let us see what M had got themselves into this time…

  12. arayik says:

    best! i would want this car but why orange???

  13. kevin says:

    Man Does Anyone Know The Color Of This Car

    And @ wazon or anyone do you people know if they let right hand drive cars in the usa?

  14. John says:

    Nice, but why orange? I want mine in Frosted Black :)

  15. John says:

    Oké, Matt Black

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