• Nov 4th 2009 at 1:55PM
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BMW M3 GTS – Click above for high-res image gallery

Well that was fast. As well it should be. Because what you're looking at is the most hardcore roadgoing M3 to date. It's called the GTS – not, as had been previously speculated, the CSL, GT or GT4 Street – and after seeing a few spy shots and some speculated details, BMW has just released its first official information on the most extreme machine in its stable.

The eye-catching orange paintjob is a throwback to extreme Bimmers of yore. But after you look past the timely Halloween color scheme, you'll notice a set of exclusive 19-inch competition alloys – coated with 225/35 rubber up front and 285/30 in the rear – protruding out of the bulging bodywork, housing six-piston calipers up front and four in the rear and mounted to yellow springs and an adjustable suspension. You can hardly miss the giant front splitter and rear wing protruding from either end, and the interior's been stripped down with contoured racing buckets, an emergency cut-off switch and a fire extinguisher taking the place of the air-con, nav and radio, along with mounting points for a roll cage and six-point harnesses and a Macrolon rear windscreen to replace the stock glass, helping the M3 GTS tip the scales at just 1490 kg (3285 lbs), some 419 lbs less than the stock M3 coupe's 3704-lb curb weight.

First deliveries are scheduled to begin in Germany next May, carrying a sticker price of 115,000 euros (about $170k) before taxes. Official engine specs haven't been released, but we're still looking at somewhere in the neighborhood of 450 horsepower from an enlarged 4.4-liter V8, driving through the Bavarian automaker's 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. That's about all Munich has given us so far, but we've got a gallery of photos and a video after the jump for your viewing pleasure.

[Source: BMW M division]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      419lbs lighter, and yet it's still too heavy!
        • 5 Years Ago
        No back seat, my bad, but still not too bad on weight.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yep, all valid remarks. If it were 300lbs lighter still, I prefer it more :)

        You'd have to be suffering from a high dose of lunacy to spend $170,00 on an vial, orange M3.
      • 5 Years Ago

      Those are clearly 255's up front
        • 5 Years Ago
        That is quite a difference (145k vs 155k Euro)
        I "take back" my previous statement

        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry wrong post!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Give me the GT-R any day over this!
      • 5 Years Ago
      awesome - you give up aircon, and an extra 100,000 dollars and it now weighs exactly the same as my Z06, and it even has less power to boot!

      The only way I would see this being worth anything close to the asking price is if it was sub 3000 lbs.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Please don't compare this to a Z06, there's simply no competition. If they bring this to Britain I will almost certainly buy one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      170K before taxes for an M3.. fak no!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah.. that's quite a shocking price. Would've expected a lot more for that price hike..
      • 5 Years Ago
      $170K, yeah no thanks. For that kind of cabbage, GT3RS.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So far a lot of what was said on the M3 boards has come true.


      If all of what this guy's source said is true, then this car uses a [stroked?] S65 engine (same block as the base M3, to answer my earlier question)

      It is the homologated version of the race car.

      There were pics of it testing at the 'Ring and speculation is that it achieved 7:40.

      E46 CSL got a 7:50 on the 'Ring.

      This is a race-spec car with suspension and aero to match. Power/weight is a pretty worthless predictor for this car.

      And it is technically cheaper than the GT3 RS (in Germany anyway). If the pricing converted like the base M3, this would be more like $110K US, not $170K.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am underwhelmed. Still needs less weight, more power.

      I am digging the paint though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Do you guys realize that in Europe a base M3 coupe starts at 72,000 euros?

      The cars are a lot more expensive over there than they are here in the USA. You simple can't convert the Euro price to Dollars cause that's not how it works. If you were to do that conversion for a base M3 it would be over $100,000, they obviously do not sell for that much here in the states.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Great comment, I completely agree with you.
        • 5 Years Ago
        my math is still valid -- the price of this this is 170K US before taxes... here in the US you can get a base M3 for a little less than 70 out the door. difference is still about $100K US

        Taxes, licensing and all the crazy crap they do over in Europe is what further jacks the price difference up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        you make too much sense.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a waste of money. Might as well buy a Porsche GT3.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It just sucks that you can go to DINAN stroke your engine and have a 500+ HP NA M3.
      The HP gains are minimal, I expected more for a 4,4L engine, then again they probably worry about the new M3 and that they will have a hard time getting more HP than this...
      • 5 Years Ago
      4.4L V8?

      Is this:

      a) a derivative of the N/A 4.0L V8,
      b) an N/A version of the 4.4L V8 that is typically twin-turbo'd,
      c) the actual twin-turbo'd powerplant, or
      d) something new entirely?

        • 5 Years Ago
        Ummm.... how can it be none of the above?

        This is a 4.4L engine, not 4.0L like the regular M3. It therefore can't just be 'tuned', they increased the displacement.

        Or... they are using an N/A version of the 4.4L TT engine. They had said that would serve as a base for future designs, both FI and NA, some years ago. One V8 to rule them all was the intent.

        Just curious which it is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I found a post on an M3 forum that states a legitimate source told him that it is indeed a stroked S65 (current 4.0 found in the M3) to 4.4L.

        So if the source is reliable, there's my answer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL 'none of the above'
        How is that even possible based on the options that he gave?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Likely a modified version of the 4.0L already in the M3. The 4.4L TT motor would require completely new cylinder heads to operate naturally aspirated - having the reverse flow heads only make sense for a turbo application. Boring and stroking the existing motor makes far more sense to me, especially since its already tuned pretty highly. Perhaps this motor uses the same rotating assembly as the turbo 4.4L, hence the similar displacement?
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