BMW unleashes a hardcore track star.
Based on the M3 coupe, the M3 GTS is a motorsport-bred monster developed to conquer racetracks. The new GTS weighs in at just under 3,300 lbs., more than 300 lbs. lighter than the standard M3 coupe thanks to the use of titanium exhaust silencers, an extra light center console, lightweight door linings, specialized sound insulation. The GTS does away with other unnecessary features like the rear seats, air conditioning, and sound system – the V-8 provides the soundtrack. New supportive and lightweight bucket seats with six-point seat belts, along with an emergency off switch and fire extinguisher provide increased safety, while a rollcage replaces the rear seats.
Receiving a dose of motorsport engineering, the V-8 engine has been enlarged to 4.4 liters and is constructed in a bedplate design using aluminum-silicon alloy. New anti-knock sensors with ion flow technology, individual throttle butterflies, and a wet sump oil supply help provide a wide powerband and an output of 450 hp. BMW’s seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the M DKG Drivelogic, transmits power to the rear wheels and provides uninterrupted gear changes.
A number of new aerodynamic components work to increase downforce and redirect airflow. An adjustable rear wing and front air dam based on the BMW 320si Touring Car allow for optimal downforce and stability at high speeds. The kidney grille is finished in a special dark eloxy-plated chrome providing a more sinister presence.
A revised suspension allows the BMW M3 GTS to stay planted to the racetrack, featuring adjustable dampers and a bolted rear axle subframe. Fixed six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers provide increased stopping power over the standard M3. Rounding off the confident poise of the GTS is a set of double-spoke 19-inch M light alloy Competition wheels wrapped in 255/35 ZR19 front and 285/30 ZR19 rear tires.
The interior of the 2010 BMW M3 GTS will feature door and side panels at the rear along with the M steering wheel in alcantara. Carbon will trim the cabin, completing the sporty character of the GTS. A number of additional features will be available and can be custom tailored for the driver.
Almost entirely hand-built, the M3 GTS will begin German deliveries in spring of 2010 for approximately €115,000.
BMW M3 GTS Videos:
Weight: Approx. 3,300 lbs.
Displacement: 4.4 liters
No. of Cylinders: 8
Drive: Rear wheel
Transmission: Seven-speed M DKG Drivelogic
Front: Six piston fixed calipers
Rear: Four piston fixed calipers
Wheels and Tires:
Wheels: Double-spoke 19-inch M light-alloy Competition
Front Tires: 255/35 ZR19
Rear Tires: 285/30 ZR19
– Adjustable front air dam
– Adjustable rear spoiler
– Kidney grille in dark eloxy-plated chrome
– Carbon fiber roof
– Bucket seats with six-point seat belts
– Fire extinguisher
– Alcantara M steering wheel
– Preparation for emergency on/off switch
– Rear door and side panels in alcantara
– Carbon trim
Source: BMW M Division