Over the last few weeks, we’ve heard rumors around the BMW M4 GTS coming to the U.S. market. While the previous M3 GTS was only sold in Europe, the BMW U.S. bosses seem to be planning a surprise for the large community of M owners on this side of the pond. With around 40 percent of the overall M sales, the U.S. is the biggest market for M and coupled with BMW’s 100th anniversary next year, it only make sense that the M4 GTS will be sold here as well.
To add even more fuel to the fire, the internal ordering system of U.S. BMW dealerships now lists a 2016 BMW M4 GTS beginning production in March of next year. No info on pricing and options is offered at the moment.
In addition to the obvious aerodynamic components, customers can look forward to some new lightweight elements on the M4 GTS. The weight benefits will also be realized through the omission of the rear bench and the use of extremely lightweight bucket seats.
To further improve the power-to-weight ratio, a performance upgrade for the twin-turbo inline six-cylinder S55 in on BMW’s list as well. We currently estimate that the expected BMW M4 GTS middle-class athlete will drive its rear wheels with about 470 hp. Our sources say ceramic brakes will be standard on the GTS and dual-clutch transmission is likely to be the only choice offered.
The upcoming BMW M4 GTS will feature the water injection system seen in the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car.
Last month, Automobile Magazine said the M4 GTS might be renamed M4 CSL, but for now, the online ordering system shows the GTS moniker.
Stay tuned as the story develops!