A BMW M4 with more power and extra orange bits? This sounds like a car EngageSportMode could really get onboard with! Ned Jasper gives you all the details below.
If you felt that BMW M cars have been lacking a bit lately, then this is the car for you. It’s called the M4 GTS and to create it BMW have taken the standard, already quite muscular M4, then put it on a diet and given it steroids. Lots of them. You’ve got to admit that it looks good, scratch that, it looks flipping gorgeous. The new muscular curves, huge rear wing and orange inserts create a feast for any petrolheads eyes. Better still they’re more than just eye candy, they’re functional – but we’ll get to that later.
Whilst the old M3 GTS – the car it replaces – was accused of having little more than aesthetic modifications, the new M4 is something a bit special. Firstly it’s 30kg lighter than the standard car; not much I grant you. But when you consider the GTS has a roll cage, rear wing, a plethora of modifications plus all the standard kit. Then it doesn’t seem that bad, does it?
Secondly, the specs that we all want to hear; the power! For the GTS, BMW has developed a whole new unique water injection system; this lowers the intake temperature and allows the turbos to run at higher boost. This, combined with a new titanium exhaust, gives the car a brutal 493bhp and a 0-62mph time of just 3.8 seconds. Better still, they’ve taken the limiter off, so this über-coupè can reach a staggering 190mph.
Now, although you would think that BMW have focused their attention on the engine solely, the truth is the rest of the car has been showered in improvements too. The front splitter, roof, bonnet, rear wing, diffuser and boot lid are carbon fibre – now you know where the weight has been saved. As well as that, the GTS has a tailor-made three-way coil over suspension, which works in tandem with BM’s familiar adaptive damping system.
But it doesn’t stop there (more…)