Rumor: 2016 BMW M4 GTS to sport 3 colors and roll cage

Rumors | June 1st, 2015 by 0
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BMW insider Scott26/27 hints at some things we might or not see in the upcoming 2016 BMW M4 GTS. In its typical ambiguous yet intriguing style, he or she, reveals that the M4 GTS will come in only three colors and will forget at home the rear seats.

Furthermore, the person in charge of the BMW rumormill says the U.S.-spec’ed M4 GTS might not get all the features the European version will, “thanks” to the strict U.S. road legislation. The insider also mentions an optional roll cage which we believe is the one item that won’t be available to U.S. customers.

None of this is actually news. Built with the same approach and guidelines as the M3 GTS, the M4 GTS is expected to be a raw, track-ready, yet street-legal version of the powerful M4. 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.

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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.

It is worth pointing out that the insider hasn’t been always right about future products, but with an unveil being scheduled for this summer, he might be onto something here.