InsideLine drives the G-Power BMW M3 GT2 S

BMW M3 | July 7th, 2010 by 0
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Back in May, Germany-based tuner G-Power revealed two new exciting tuned up vehicles to honor the BMW Motorsport team for their win at the 2010 …

Back in May, Germany-based tuner G-Power revealed two new exciting tuned up vehicles to honor the BMW Motorsport team for their win at the 2010 24 Hours of Nurburgring endurance race.

First one, G-Power M3 GT2 S for customers “looking for a vehicle along the lines of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS,” and a second one, dubbed G-Power M3 Tornado CS, labeled as the “civilian version” of the same car.

The folks over at InsideLine lucked out and managed to spend some heavenly time behind the wheels of the G-Power BMW M3 GT2 S. Their impressions? Nothing short of spectacular….read below.

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“And as we sit at the gate of the Nordschleife, perhaps the world’s most challenging racetrack, 600 hp seems like a lot. Luckily Michelin has brought experienced race drivers to lead the way around the circuit and map out the driving line, but as we scream out onto the track and enter the series of bends at Hatzenbach, the stability-control warning light comes to life on the M3’s instrument panel. This is no token parade lap.

The centrifugal supercharger means the power comes at the top of the V8’s power curve, not the bottom, yet the car still screams past 60 mph in less than 4.1 seconds while 125 mph supposedly unravels in less than 11.8 seconds. This is a spine-tingling car that feels like it will storm straight up to its top speed of 205 mph without stopping for breath. Perhaps a six-speed manual transmission would have been fun, but the M3’s Getrag-built seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual is the only way to truly keep pace with the car. Just a finger pull on the shift paddles brings on another gear, and the ECU takes care of the rev-matching on the downshift, which is good, because a minor mistake on the old ‘Ring can have catastrophic consequences.

The full 600 hp kicks in toward the top end and the car gets lairy as it heads north of 5,000 rpm. Out of the tight bends the orange stability-control light blinks furiously as the gadgets go to war with the engine. It would be fun to turn off the stability control and find that narrow window when the tires give up the battle for grip, but not on this track.

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Here it’s enough to feel this monster of an M3 pulling on the electronic reins at the exit of Brunnchen, to feel it dance over the crest at Flugplatz and to feel that awesome power when the track opens out and the GT2 S can let out its battle cry and go to war.

And while it might not be the real deal, the 2010 G-Power BMW M3 GT2 S feels every inch the winner. Just as at the 2010 Nürburgring 24 Hours, a BMW might be about to dethrone the Porsche on the road as well on the track.”

Full review and photos at InsideLine