BMW M4 GTS vs. BMW M3 GTS – Photo Comparison

BMW M3, BMW M4 | October 7th, 2015 by 6
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The new BMW M4 GTS sets the course for BMW M for a long series of Special Models based on the current middle-class athlete. In …

The new BMW M4 GTS sets the course for BMW M for a long series of Special Models based on the current middle-class athlete. In a recent interview, M boss Frank Van Meel hinted at the possibility of limited edition models to compete with similar offerings from the Mercedes-AMG Black Series. The new M4 GTS is here to pave that road.

But before the M4 GTS, BMW built another GTS edition, the E92 M3 GTS  which was launched in 2009 and went on sale the following year. Despite some technical differences, they both have in common a radical approach to what a street legal racing car should be and they both deliver impressive track performance.

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The most important difference relates to the engine; the BMW M3 GTS is powered by a 4.4-liter high-revving V8 – the spectacular naturally aspirated powerplant which won many awards – while the new BMW M4 GTS uses a twin-turbo six-cylinder engine with 3.0 liter displacement. Despite a smaller displacement, the S55 engine in the M4 GTS produces 16 percent more power than the V8 in the M3 GTS, mostly thanks to water injection system.

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Another significant difference between the two GTS models is the power to weight ratio, because the two performance variants of the M3 from Garching are only 20 kilograms apart. The 450 hp strong BMW M3 GTS has been marked with a DIN curb weight of 1,530 kilograms, while the 500-hp BMW M4 GTS weighs 20 kilograms less. Consequently, the M3 GTS has a power to weight ratio of 3.4 kilograms per hp, while the top-M4 has to move only 3.0 kilograms per hp.

In addition to the power to weight ratio, the chassis development is seems to be far more advanced in the M4 GTS. If we look at the Nurburgring times, the M4 GTS promises a 7:28 minutes lap, 20 seconds faster than the M3 GTS. The sprint to 100 km/h  in 3.8 seconds sets the two apart even further – 4.4 seconds for the M3 GTS.


Last but not least important difference is the price. The top M4 sells for 142,600 Euros while the M3 GTS went on sale in 2010 for 136,850 Euros, a price difference which we find acceptable considering all the goodies that come with the M4 GTS.

For those of you that love visual comparisons, we’ve put together a head-to-head photo session between the two super athletes.

[Photos: Bimmertoday]

6 responses to “BMW M4 GTS vs. BMW M3 GTS – Photo Comparison”

  1. LucyPup says:

    Beautiful car, and beautifully executed! Well done, BMW! IMHO the new M4 and M3 are two of BMW’s most well-proportioned cars, the M4 GTS takes this to a new level altogether. Not a fan of externals, like wings, but necessary and appropriate on this car – and I wish I could have one! This car is beautifully done, and very worthy of the cars it is being compared to. The numbers it generates (engine efficiency and power output, as well as Nurburgring lap times) truly make it an elite car. My current is an F82 M4, and I am really glad to be back in a BMW. I’ve been fortunate to have previously owned many 911’s, as recent as a 991 Carrera S, and had several E92 M3’s (manual and M-DCT); I came back to BMW as soon as I discovered they were moving to a turbocharged six, because I wanted the torque of a turbocharged car, couldn’t really enjoy a high-RPM normally aspirated car (don’t go to the track anymore). I love it!

  2. 2sfhim says:

    The M3 looks much better with its cleaner lines.

  3. FRED says:

    BMW is the evolution of the car and the technology…every year BMW is improving and giving us only the best….

  4. iNoob says:

    The M3 looks much cleaner IMO – better looking spoiler, no sharkfin on the roof and cooler rims. I’d take the M4 GTS though, because of the torque.

  5. FilipMPower says:

    Wow, I just know realised the lack of the shark-fin antenna on the M3 GTS, really seems weird when I look at it. Seems logical though, lack of navi and radio.

  6. Senne says:

    What a car, the M4 GTS is!!! I love it!! The M3 GTS was a great car, but the M4 GTS is the best successor it could have been. :D

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