With just weeks before the first units are delivered to BMW customers, the super sporty BMW M3 GTS continues its testing runs at the equally famous Nurburgring race track.
With a price tag of 115,000 euros, the BMW M3 GTS is far from being the most affordable sporty car out there, but despite this premium mark, the first units of the M3 GTS are already sold out.
BMW M engineers have developed exclusively for the M3 GTS 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 near 450 horsepower. 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. Flashy looking? Maybe a bit, but it serves its purpose.
The interior features include classic bucket seats typical to sports cars and a carbon trim. The steering wheel gets an M treatment as well, including the Alcantara option.
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.
BMW M3 GTS passed all the European street-legal requirements, in contrast with the North American market where regulations around EPA or federal safety standards are higher. 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.
[Source: “Ree” at Germancarforum ]