BMW‘s new M3 GTS as the most extreme version of the E92 series. Its makers say the aim is to beat the old M3 CSL’s time around the Nürburgring, but to do that you’d have to be really good. They say this is.
Sporting a new 4.4-litre V8 under the bonnet the M3 GTS makes a heady 336kW of power which is transferred to the rear wheels via the 7-speed M-DCT gearbox. Tyres fitted are 255/35 at the front and 285/30 at the rear. They are shod outside of 19-inch aluminium wheels.
Several modifications, some of which are clear to be seen on these pictures, were included. These are the use of a carbon fibre roof to save weight, yellow threaded springs for suspension, a new titanium rear silencer and that rear wing for extra downforce.
The inside comes with a rollover cage but comfort creatures such as air conditioning were removed. So clearly this car is meant for speed and handling, not everyday use. Check the fire extinguisher for extra safety.
The GTS will be sold as an order-only model at a price of around €115 000 (R1.29 million) each. Most countries should expect first deliveries to happen after May 2010. BMW South Africa has said nothing about local sales therefore I don’t see the car coming here, especially at that price.