BMW has just unveiled the BMW M3 GTS, based on the Coupe version, that’s set to become the CSL’s successor.
The car is a focused, no-compromises machine in areas that recent M vehicles have been accused of falling short. The GTS definitely puts the track first and creature comforts second and it’s all about performance. Power is delivered by a special 4.4-litre version of the V-8 that powers the current M3 and will pump out 450 horsepower in this form. BMW has also added race-derived technology including a crankcase made of a special aluminum-silicon alloy and constructed in bedplate design, individual throttle butterflies, anti-knock sensors and a wet sump oil supply.
All the power is pushed through to the rear wheels by a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The transmission was specially engineered to withstand the power output of the beefed-up V-8, and the DKG Drivelogic gear ratios programmed to precisely extract the maximum from the engine.
In terms of cosmetics there is extensive honeycomb grillework, an adjustable rear wing, adjustable front splitter and reworked front-end aero pieces all reflecting the car’s go-fast intent. Bespoke black alloy 19-inch wheels wrapped in 225/35 front and 285/30 rear tires guarantee a high level of grip.
Major effort has been put into weight reduction with a carbon fibre used for the roof, much like previous M3 CSL versions. The net result of the weight savings strategy sees over 150kg, with the GTS weighing less than 1,500kg.
A fully adjustable race dampers occupy the corners of the car, allowing gentleman racers to tune to the track and conditions with both bump and rebound adjustments. The brakes for the car are also custom-built, with six-piston calipers up front and four-piston units at the rear.
In the cabin, race seats and five-point harnesses muck in with matte-black surfaces and Alcantara for a suitably sporty look. The rear seat has been removed and replaced with a roll cage and a fire bottle, for greater on-track safety. Despite all of this, the M3 GTS is still completely road-legal.
It looks like an awesome machine and will be mostly hand-built to customer’s personal order. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet but expectation are around â‚¬115,000 ($236,000 NZ).
Check out images of the M3 GTS in the gallery and a short video below.