BMW M3 Lightweight to be called M3 Sedan GTS – 440 hp

BMW M3, Featured Posts | April 13th, 2011 by 11
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On April 1st, BMW unveiled a new concept based on the current M3 Sedan. The M3 “Lightweight” is set to debut in June at the …

On April 1st, BMW unveiled a new concept based on the current M3 Sedan. The M3 “Lightweight” is set to debut in June at the Nurburgring M Festival.

Initial information released by BMW were vague, we learned at the time that the M3 Sedan Lightweight will be making extensive use of carbon fiber and other lightweight parts that will reduce the overall weight of the car.

BMW also revealed that the power output will be between the “regular” M3 and the M3 GTS, so somewhere between 420 and 450 horsepower.

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Today, German magazine Auto Motor und Sport reports that the M3 Sedan will be actually marketed as …M3 GTS, but the power output for the sedan will be “only” 440 hp. The car will therefore sit between the M3 Sedan and the M3 Coupe GTS.

Just like the coupe, the GTS sedan will be equipped with the specially tuned DCT transmission with seven switching stages. Compared to the normal sedan, the GTS will show significantly lower weight thanks to the various components made out of carbon, and also due to special lightweight components used inside the car.

According to AMS, the production version will be presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011.

[Source: AMS]

11 Responses to “BMW M3 Lightweight to be called M3 Sedan GTS – 440 hp”

  1. I guess GTS is the new CSL…

    • Word…Frankfurt is going to be a big show for BMW. H – any news if as to whether this M3 will be offered in the US?

    • EMPOWER says:

      its not a coupe so cant be called a csl. I thought they would make a coupe and call it the csl. It seems bmw wont be over using the csl badge. dont forget it was about 28 years between the two greats

  2. Sounds great, but seems a little late. On different note; I hate the paintwork on this car with a passion.

  3. Sounds great, but seems a little late. On different note; I hate the paintwork on this car with a passion.

  4. Chris says:

    M3 looks lame as a sedan.

  5. teflon says:

    This release makes it seem as though BMW has lost the plot. Why on Earth does the market need a lightweight M3 sedan when the normal sedan sells so poorly it will be discontinued in the next model?

    • my guess is the torsional rigidity of the M3’s B pillar might be justifiable for using the E90 over the E92. They can easily increase rigidity of the car without having to add any additional weight – simple solution is my guess.

  6. wazon8 says:

    I guess, it’s my dream car. It’s lighter than regular M3 e92 and still more practical than it. Can’t wait to see it as a final product with track perfromance figures.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Such as shame the M3 is moving to turbo versions in the future.

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