VIDEO: Watch Chris Harris thrash the BMW M4 GTS, Mercedes-AMG GT R and Porsche 911 GT3 RS

BMW M4, Videos | May 5th, 2017 by 14
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When Chris Harris, now of Top Gear, first drove the BMW M4 GTS, he was quite disappointed. He just didn’t feel that it was a well conceived package for either the track or the street. Especially considering its competition, in the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. However, he’s given it another go but this time directly against the 911 GT3 RS and a newcomer in the Mercedes-AMG GT R. So has a second drive given Harris a new outlook on the M4 GTS? Let’s find out.

First up is actually the AMG, which is the first of its kind and the first attempt by the folks in Affalterbach to take on the 911 GT3 RS. Compared to the standard AMG GT, it’s so different that it could go by a different name. The 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 gets upgraded to 577 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. It also gets a carbon fiber propshaft for its transaxle gearbox and about a million other new bits that would take too long to list. And it all comes together really well. It’s crazy fast, has superb front-end grip and loves to wag its tail out. According to Harris, the AMG GT is the closest thing he’s ever driven to a 911 GT3 RS. That’s high praise and enough to make him feel as if the M4 GTS will underwhelm again.

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It does. As Harris flogs the M4 GTS around the Top Gear test track, he admits that it’s not the car he was hoping it would be. He didn’t like the M4 GTS the first time around and he doesn’t like it this time, either. What’s most surprising about that, something Harris mentions himself, is that he’s actually a huge fan of the standard BMW M3, a car that’s been endlessly criticized. When Harris last drove an M3, he said it was the best car in the model’s history, which sounds like blasphemy to purists. So if he claims the M4 GTS misses the mark, I’m inclined to believe him. It’s a car he wanted to really like but just couldn’t.

Which means that the Porsche 911 GT3 RS is the still the best car. While the Mercedes-AMG GT R runs it close, nothing can beat the pure motoring nirvana that is the 911 GT3 RS. Its 4.0 liter flat-six engine is naturally-aspirated, as the good car gods intended, makes 500 hp and revs over 8,000 rpm. But its real party trick is its noise, which is simply incredible. The AMG GT R’s V8 sounds great, with all its rumbles, farts and growls, but it’s the GT3 RS’ noise that brings out the inner car enthusiast in all of us. So while AMG made a valiant effort and BMW fell down a bit, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS is still king.

[Source: Top Gear]

14 responses to “VIDEO: Watch Chris Harris thrash the BMW M4 GTS, Mercedes-AMG GT R and Porsche 911 GT3 RS”

  1. Kaisuke971 says:

    The M4 GTS has nothing to do here, did he put it up just to remind us how much he hates it ? A Z06, an ACR or even a 3-Eleven (well in the rain idk how it’d have worked out) would’ve been a better addition.

    • Icebreakerr says:

      A lot of people don’t understand the M4 GTS its main rival is the C63 R. I think people just want a direct 911 competitor like a bmw version full sports car etc.

      • Kaisuke971 says:

        Well to be fair Chris Harris has a couple BMWs and has done this for year so i’m pretty sure he knowns what the M4 GTS is supposed to be, maybe more than BMW themselves ?

  2. WazWii says:

    BMW need to stop wasting time & resources exclusively trying to reinvent the automobile (read project i) & put some of that money towards concentrating on improving their core product range.

    They are behind in exterior & interior design and have not made sexy brand defining automobiles like the R8 & AMG GT. M has been completely neglected. They are losing on the road & on the track.

    These are serious issues to start considering for the BMW management team.

    • Icebreakerr says:

      You clearly know nothing about BMW.

    • Icebreakerr says:

      That car you are looking for a direct sports car will probably come in future not now. The M4 GTS was never made to compete with the 911 GT3 RS its just reviewers getting confused.

    • TopShotta says:

      First they need to recall the N63 Engine instead of this ridiculous customer care foolishness. Then once they are done with that create a 7 passenger X8🤔

      • Samuel Awe says:

        I agree with U, even though we here seems to be getting
        it right for now, when it comes to N63 engines.

  3. Icebreakerr says:

    M4 GTS competes with the C63 R though why compare it to the 911 gt3 and amg gtr? so what if its the same price point other cars cost the same also but arent compared..

  4. jason bourne says:

    It’s that idiotic frozen paint that makes the M4 GTS an epic fail.

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