Test drives and reviews of the BMW M3 GTS are just in and one of the first to report their findings is the UK magazine Car Enthusiast.
Here is an excerpt from their review:
Appropriately, our test time in the GTS was restricted to laps of the Ascari circuit. Before the first corner is reached it’s obvious that there’s something special under the bonnet. The stroke has been extended, increasing capacity from 3,999- to 4,361cc, resulting in an increase in peak power from 414- to 444bhp (at a screaming 8,300rpm). Torque increases too, from 295- to 325lb.ft, available at 3,750rpm. The 0-62mph time drops to 4.4 seconds, but it’s the endless sweep of the rev counter needle and the beefier mid-range that stand out.
The chassis has received just as much attention. The rear suspension sub-frame is rigidly bolted to the body and the ride height can be adjusted, as can the damping and camber on both axles.
Reading the specification you’d be forgiven for thinking that the GTS is a clinical lapper of race tracks, clinging to the tarmac while the driver just steers. In fact it’s more engaging than any M3 gone before and it is incredibly playful at and beyond the limits of adhesion – limits that are all too easy to breach. There’s a delicious sense of throttle adjustability that, while present in the regular car, is even more accessible in the GTS thanks to the extra immediacy in the chassis. The new engine has the power to bite if you get cocky, but even high-speed slides feel safe, gradual and intuitive to work with. In short, it’s a fabulous track toy.
We were categorically told that BMW will make a profit out of this project. Although demand will significantly outstrip supply the company could not extend the production run due to capacity and the hand built nature of many of the components. To put this car into series production would cost the company a lot more money.