BMW’s boMbshell – M4 GTS
BMW returns back with the best. the .TV (dot TV). Yes, and this time featuring the all new, the M4 GTS. Soon to be publicly premiered at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show from 30 October to 8 November 2015 along side with the new, luxurious BMW 7 Series containing a host of innovations never before seen in automotive construction. Also, making their Asian debuts are the completely newly designed BMW X1 and the plug-in hybrid models, BMW 330e and BMW 225xe – the eDrive variant of the BMW 2 Series Active.
Put all those aside for clinical people carrying with them the small bottles of hand sanitizers. The new high-octane, fire-breathing M4 GTS is a thorough-bred, track attack animal. BMW M GmbH is launching the BMW M4 GTS in a special edition limited to 700 units to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the BMW M3, which has been in production since 1986. In so doing, it is highlighting the innovative flair of the BMW M engineers in developing trailblazing M technologies on the powertrain, chassis and lightweight construction front. The first high-performance special edition in the M3/M4 model range will also be available for the first time in the important North American market.
Here are some details in bullet points, rather than in an essay.
- A lap time of 7.28 minutes around the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife.
- From standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds.
- Terminal velocity (electronically limited) 305 km/h (189.5 mph)
- In-line 6- cylinder, 3.0 turbo engine with innovative water injection technology.
- Engine power output rated at 368 kW/500 hp and torque figures are 600 Nm (442 lb-ft).
- Fuel economy 8.3 litres per 100 km.
- CO2 emissions 194 g/km.
To provide pure driving experience, BMW used intelligent lightweight construction, allowing the BMW M engineers to limit the car’s DIN kerb weight to 1,510 kilograms (ECE kerb weight: 1,585 kg). Its outstanding weight-to-power ratio of 3.0 kg/hp provides the perfect platform for a highly dynamic driving experience.
Carbon fiber bucket seats, a lightweight center console, the lightweight construction of the rear seat paneling and boot area partition, and special lightweight door and side panel trim, including door pull loops in place of solid door handles, are clearly visible indications of the designers’ commitment to weight-saving. The rigorous application of lightweight design can also be seen in details that are out of view. The instrument panel bracing tube is made from lightweight carbon fiber.
And on the outside of the car, the newly designed bonnet, roof, and adjustable front splitter are also constructed from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic CFRP). The adjustable rear wing, too, is cut from this light but extremely durable high-tech material. Underneath the rear bumper, the rear wing optimizes the flow of air and reduces lift at the rear axle.
The exhaust system has a titanium muffler, which allows a weight saving of 20 per cent. It’s emotionally rich soundtrack fits the M profile perfectly and envelops the inside and outside of the car in the ambiance of the race track.
The standard-fitted seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) selects 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. The Drivelogic shift programs and Launch Control have been retuned 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 tires (front: 265/35 R19, rear: 285/30 R20) which are adapted specifically to the BMW M4 GTS and therefore play a role in the car’s outstanding mechanical traction and feedback through corners.
The three-way M coil over suspension specially tuned for the BMW M4 GTS can be adjusted to individual tastes and therefore also to the demands of different race circuits. The lightweight M carbon ceramic brakes offer a well-defined pressure point and ensure outstanding deceleration even under sustained heavy loads, such as at the limit on the race track.
The familiar two sets of twin circular headlights with four corona rings ensure the best possible illumination of the road surface. They combine cutting-edge LED (light-emitting diode) technology with BMW Selective Beam (dazzle-free high beam assistant) and Adaptive Headlights.
The L-shaped rear lights are just as distinctive as the design of the headlights. Indeed, innovative OLED rear lights will 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, which emit their light in the form of points. The flat design of OLEDs (they measure just 1.4 millimeters in height) and the ability to trigger individual light modules separately open up fresh possibilities for lighting concepts and exudes the presence of exceptional precision. 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.
The optional Clubsport Package can further enhance the affinity of the BMW M4 GTS with the race track. It includes a roll bar in Acid Orange behind the front seats, a race-specification six-point harness and a fire extinguisher.