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Guest Post | Ned Jasper | BMW M4 GTS

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.

2015 BMW M4 GTSIf 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.

2015 BMW M4 GTS

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…)

Guest Post | Ned Jasper | New Alfa Romeo Giulia

In the second article from young blogger Ned Jasper, tonight it’s all about a sensational new four-door Alfa. So, over to Ned:

The Alfa Romeo Giulia: The Answer To All Petrol Heads’ Dreams

If you’ve just bought yourself a new 3 Series or Mercedes C Class, it’s probably best if you look away now. Otherwise, regretful weeping will soon follow.

2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Alfa Romeo has been out of the executive saloon market for some time now, and its last attempt the 159 was fairly feeble. This time though, Alfa has gone away to Maranello (the hometown of Ferrari and Maserati) and come back with what could quite possibly be the best saloon car ever made. It’s called the Giulia, and it is stunning. Just look at it. It’s cars like this that make you feel like a small child again. The car is jaw dropping to look at. It’s almost like they have shoehorned all the best bits of previous Alfas and put them together to make the perfect package. Alfa have put some serious time into this car too; they have thought about all of te little details. They haven’t over complicated it one bit, in my eyes – and I’m sure you’ll agree – it’s beautiful, like art in motion.

2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (more…)