The BMW M3 GTS is getting ready for its official press media driving tests and two prototypes of this exciting M model have been spotted at the famous Nurburgring track.
Despite its price tag, 115,000 euros (about $170,000), the BMW M3 GTS is already sold out. Exclusively for the BMW M3 GTS, the BMW M engineers have developed a power unit based on the M high-performance engine of the current BMW M3 with a capacity of 4.4 liters and an output of some 450 bhp. The car is fitted with a 7-speed M dual clutch transmission with adapted shift characteristics.
Consistent lightweight construction, adjustable aerodynamic units, an increase in engine size and output on the V8 high-speed power unit and suspension technology meeting all the requirements of motorsport – all this gives the BMW M3 GTS a top position among high-performance cars built for Clubsport racing.
M3 GTS weighs 1490 kg (3285 lbs), 419 lbs less than the stock M3 coupe’s 3704-lb curb weight.
To optimize the flow of air and adjust the car’s downforce as required, the BMW M3 GTS comes with a race-oriented front air dam and rear wing. This allows appropriate adjustment of the car’s aerodynamic qualities in motorsport and for other purposes, tailored to the specific profile of the respective track.
The interior features include classic bucket seats, interior trim in carbon and an M steering wheel finished in alcantara. The door and side panels at the rear also come in alcantara, while six-point seat belts delivered with the car for subsequent use, a fire extinguisher and preparation for an emergency-off switch in motorsport round off the wide range of special features inside the car.
In Europe, the M3 GTS is considered a street-legal car, in contrast with the North American market where the car does not pass any EPA or federal safety standards. Modifying the GTS to make it US-compliant would be a very costly affair because the car lacks airbags, proper DOT seatbelts, proper bumper height and many other things.
So for now, we will have to enjoy these type of videos from Europe and hopefully in the very near future, we will bring our own coverage from the beautiful and dangerous Nurburgring.[Source: BimmerToday ]