KUWAIT CITY, Oct 21: A year on from the launch of the BMW M4 Coupe, BMW M Division is presenting an initial preview of a high-performance model for use on the road and, above all, on the race track: the BMW Concept M4 GTS.
With the BMW M4 GTS’ spectacular aesthetics, its outstanding performance easily creates an unforgettable driving experience. Thus, when tested on N¸rburgring-Nordschleife, one of the world’s premiere racing circuits, its 7.28-minute lap time ties it with the Ferrari 458 Italia, McLaren 12C and is six seconds faster than the Audi R8 GT.
With the heart of each and every BMW M model being its engine, the BMW M4 GTS utilises the multi-award-winning six-cylinder in-line turbo engine from the BMW M3/M4. To give the 3.0-litre unit a substantial power boost, BMW has added the innovative water injection technology. This water injection system raises the engine’s output significantly – to 368 kW/500 hp – and increases torque to 600 Nm (442 lb-ft). However, it still keeps fuel economy and CO2 emissions at the level of the BMW M4 Coupe (8.3 litres per 100 km* [34 mpg imp], 194 g/km*).
Racing from a standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a mere 3.8 seconds and hits a limited top speed of 305 km/h (189.5 mph), this makes the BMW M4 GTS the most agile, radical and dynamically potent model in the range. Its intelligent lightweight construction has created an outstanding weight-to-power ratio of 3.0 kg/hp that provides the perfect platform for a highly dynamic driving experience.
The BMW M4 GTS’ standard-fitted seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) is capable of selecting the optimum ratio for every driving situation, with no interruption in the flow of power as it makes its way to the rear wheels. The driver can also select gears manually using either shift paddles on the steering wheel or the selector lever. Additionally, the Drivelogic shift programs and Launch Control have been returned to the engine’s increased output.
The weight-minimised, exclusive M light-alloy wheels in star-spoke 666 M Styling are forged and polished, and come in Acid Orange. They are fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front: 265/35 R19, rear: 285/30 R20) which are adapted specifically to the BMW M4 GTS. These play a role in the car’s outstanding mechanical traction and feedback through corners.
In ensuring the best possible illumination, the BMW M4 GTS is equipped with the familiar two sets of twin circular headlights with four corona rings. These combine cutting-edge LED (light-emitting diode) technology with BMW Selective Beam (dazzle-free high beam assistant) and Adaptive Headlights.
With the L-shaped rear lights being just as distinctive as the design of the headlights, the innovative OLED rear lights make their series-production debut in the BMW M4 GTS. OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes) are a new kind of light source that light up over their full surface with a very homogeneous effect. Unlike LED units, OLEDs emit their light in the form of points. As such, the tail lights underline the width of the rear end, lend the car an even more eye-catching and powerful appearance and ensure it cuts a stand-out figure in both the light and dark.
Inside the BMW M4 GTS are carbon-fibre M bucket seats for the driver and passenger that stick firmly with the lightweight construction theme inside the pure-bred, exclusive interior. Weighing around 50 per cent less than the sports seats in the BMW M4 Coupe, these enable an ideal seating position and offer compelling long-distance comfort to go with their unbeatable levels of support. Also, the exclusive Alcantara/Merino leather seat covering along with M stripes in the backrests, three-point seat belts and door pull loops further highlight the profile of the BMW M4 GTS as a high-performance sports machine.