|3.0L/182-cid Inline Six, Intercooled Twin-Turbocharged w/Water Injection
|Frozen Dark Grey Metallic
|Carbon Fiber, Black Chrome Accent Trim, 4-Point Roll Bar, Rear Seat Delete
|7-Speed Dual Clutch Automatic w/Manual Shifting Mode
It’s rare when a concept vehicle in all its detail becomes production reality, but the BMW M4 GTS is just that. You could say that this car jumped off the designer’s drawing board – or more correctly, computer screen – directly to the production line.
Imagine purchasing a production car that could show up at Sebring then compete for a starting spot in the 12-hour race!? Rarely will you find a production car with an adjustable, carbon-fiber front splitter and an air intake designed to funnel more air in to the intake plenum to produce more power. Both of these items combine to reduce the frontend lift at higher (read: race) speeds. And in a weight savings effort, the hood (or bonnet) is produced from carbon-fiber reinforced plastic rather than the standard production, steel hood. The lighter, frontend weight also helps to lower the center of gravity, giving the vehicle better handling in high-speed corners. To further expound on the track loving design, the rear wing is oversized – like the cars running GT class at Le Mans – and an undertray diffuser to channel unwanted air from beneath the vehicle. This both increases the traction of the vehicle and helps straight-line speeds.
The taillights are illuminated with OLED lighting. Different from LED bulbs, the OLED configuration gives a smooth, continuous illumination rather than individual points of light. A first for a BMW street production vehicle. To round out the unique street configuration are multi-spoke wheels; 19-inch front and 20-inch rear.
Interior upgrades include, light weight, racing, bucket seats with motorsport style cutouts for a five-point harness to be installed. Even the center console offers a 30% weight savings from the typical, standard road fare. And if you are looking to carry more than two people in your daily drive, you’ll be disappointed when you realize there are no rear seats! The loss of rear seats facilitated the installation of a race-ready roll cage and an onboard fire extinguisher, located behind the front seats. The trim on the interior is made from fiberglass reinforced plastic that reduces weight, provides for a lower center of gravity and helps to increase structural rigidity.
This is all packaged with a Twin-Turbo 3.0L inline, six-cylinder engine with 493 horsepower and 443 lb./ft. Torque. All capable of moving this land rocket 0-60mph in a blistering, 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph!