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The BMW M4 GTS Versus the BMW M3 GTS

Oct 18, 2020

When we talk about BMW supercars, the M4 GTS makes the list. The first concept version of the BMW M4 GTS was debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance during Monterey Auto Week in California on August 13th, 2015. The official U.S. launch was confirmed during October of the same year, and 300 out of 700 total special edition BMW M4 GTS are made available to the US buyers for the first time.

What makes the M4 GTS unique? Let’s start by talking about its just as famous predecessor – the BMW M3 GTS.

The legendary Forerunner – M3 GTS

Renowned for its success in the long-standing history of World Championship races, the BMW M has attained numerous winnings with its notorious BMW M3s.

Nearly three decades of refinement in craftsmanship and relentless dedication in technology progression, the BMW M Division has produced legendary models which repeatedly taken titles at the racetracks. From the iconic BMW E30 M3 Evolution to the Limited Edition M3 CRT, each version delivers a sensational driving experience that strikes powerful responses.

“The BMW M3 is an icon and internationally synonymous with the highest level of dynamics,” Dr. Kay Segler of BMW M GmbH had expressed when the BMW M3 GTS made its public appearance, “Our aim was to develop a model variant that would prove its outstanding potential both on the road and at club sport racing events. The BMW M3GTS is pure M feeling, embodying the brand values in a highly concentrated form.”

Looking back at 2010, there was the proclaimed “most powerful version of the high-performance BMW M3 Coupe” – the M3 GTS. It was a glimpse of BMW’s aspiration to bring the true track potential Sports Coupe to the streets and bestow it with full-fledged daily drive competence.

The BMW M3 GTS Specifications

BMW M3 GTS versus M4 GTS Engine

The M3 GTS came with a flashy orange exterior, power-amped tuning, and a race roll-cage. It is a well-received limited edition with a ticket price of £115,000 euros (approx. $131,180 dollars) exclusive of taxes and fees.

What your money gets you is the high-revving S65, 4.4 Liter V-8 engine equipped with the GTS exclusively calibrated 7-Speed M Dual Clutch Transmission, enhanced suspension, and refined aerodynamics.

The prevailing supercar delivers 450 HP at 8,300 RPM and a maximum torque of 325 lb-ft. At the time, it was the highly sought after limited production that fans desired. However, it was only available in Europe and not sold in the North America market.

The Powerful BMW M4 GTS

BMW M3 GTS versus M4 GTS

The “GTS” stands for “Gran Turismo” in Italian, translating into “Grand Touring” in English. The “S” stands for “Sports” (there are several variations of the abbreviations available.) Essentially, “GT” represents high-end performance vehicles fit for racing the “Grand Tour” (hence the term “Turismo.”) Thus, vehicles in this class obtain the name “Grand Tourer.”

A widely known type of “GT” would be luxury Coupes that are either 2-Seater or in 2+2 seating format (two front seats with two very limited-spaced back seats that are typically not meant for passengers.)

The M4 GTS is essentially the street-legal version of the racetrack model. The performance coupe combined track-inspired capabilities with the practicality and driving comfort of any modern BMW.

Check out the top 3 new technologies that made the BMW M4 GTS one-of-a-kind.

The BMW M4 GTS Specifications

BMW M3 GTS versus M4 GTS Engine

The aerodynamic built of the new BMW M4 GTS is undoubtedly head turning. Let’s begin with the adventurous color choices. The almost traffic-cone like fluorescent Acid Orange accents on the exaggerated front splitter beneath the enlarged front air intake makes a bold statement.

The same shade of orange also streaks the custom 666 M forged Light-Alloy Wheels (9.5 J x 19-inch front and 10.5 J x 20-inch rear.) The overall Frozen Dark Grey Metallic exterior paint adds a delicate balance to the vibrant accent color.

The distinctive low bearing and aerodynamic physical properties confirm the M4 GTS’ focus on speed and balance. From the front hood to the extensively enhanced, manually adjustable rear spoiler and front splitter (a flat piece of modification usually affixed to the bottom of the front bumper), lightweight Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced-Plastic is heavily utilized to achieve ideal weight reductions.

The M4 GTS at a Glance

  • 500 HP
  • 442 lb-ft torque
  • Top speed of 189.5 mph
  • DIN kerb weight of 1,510 kilograms (ECE kerb weight: 1,585 kg).
  • Weight-to-power ratio of 3.0 kg/HP

Watch the M4 GTS unleash its full potential on the world’s most challenging Nordschleife race track.