BMW isn’t making any boasts when it says the new M4 GTS is the fastest production BMW ever made. Fitted with a twin-turbo, 6-cylinder petrol engine from the M4 the M4 GTS now has 500bhp and 600Nm of torque at its disposal. This is enough for this machine to cover 0-62mph in 3,8 seconds and reach a top speed of 190mph.
If you think this is just a normal souped-up M4 with a GTS badge included for free then think again. The £120,000 price tag puts the M4 GTS into proper supercar territory. So why should you over look an Aston Martin V8 Vantage in favor of an M4 GTS?
BMW have shoe-horned as much motorsport expertise as they can into the M4 GTS, its undergone a performance diet with the adoption of an intelligent lightweight design.
Weight-saving measures include carbon-fibre bucket seats; a lightweight centre console, rear seat panelling and boot partition; and special lightweight door and side panel trim, which includes M striped door pull loops in place of solid handles.
As a result of this intense drive the M4 GTS weighs in at just over 1,500kg. That’s quite lardy for a performance/supercar where the target weight is usually around 1,300kg.
The engine is mated to a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT), which selects the optimum ratio for every driving situation. It means no interruption to the flow of power to the rear wheels.
The driver can also select gears manually using either shift paddles on the steering wheel or the selector lever. Equipped with three Drivelogic shift programs.
The exterior looks chiseled, like a heavy weight boxer in his prime although very few boxers of any weight division includes OLED lighting technology.
BMW’s M division have uprated the M4 steering and suspension settings, upon which this GTS is based, to improve handling. A specially designed three-way M coilover suspension features adjustable compression and rebound settings. Which means it rides better over the bumps while retaining traction out of corners.
The anti-roll bars and support mounts are closely matched to the increased engine power, producing improved control and predictable handling. Racing-derived rigid connections between the rear axle subframe and the body – dispensing with rubber bushings – improves wheel location and tracking stability.
The BMW M4 GTS is equipped as standard with lightweight, optimised, ultra-high-performance M carbon ceramic six-piston (front) or four-piston (rear) brake callipers brakes. These are designed for an enhanced track capability and longer life.
Track day enthusiasts can specify the optional Clubsport package. It includes a roll cage in Acid Orange behind the front seats, race-specification six-point harness and a fire extinguisher. It is available at no cost.
Indeed BMW offer a range of for cost optional extras, just go to your dealership and inquire we are not your point of sales.
And you really will have to go to your BMW dealership because only 700 M4 GTS models will be made for world wide consumption. The UK will be allocated 30 of them with sales beginning in March 2016.