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Valentino Rossi drives the BMW M3 GTS – Click above for high-res image gallery

After securing his record ninth MotoGP title, there's little doubt that Valentino Rossi is the fastest man on two wheels. And BMW has acknowledged the Italian rider's speed by awarding him a brand-spankin'-new M3 sedan.

The German automaker is a sponsor of the motorbike racing series, providing organizers with safety cars and other vehicles, and even using it to debut the new X6 M crossover earlier this year. And every year BMW gifts a car to the rider who proved the fastest in qualifying over the course of the season. Rossi's won the "M Award" five times now, but before he drove off in his new V8 sports sedan, BMW gave him a rare opportunity to sample the new hardcore M3 GTS.

So what did the fastest man on two wheels think of the fastest Bimmer on four? Quite a lot, apparently, as the multiple world champion said he wants to be first on the list when the M3 GTS goes on sale next year. That's quite a glowing endorsement, and all it cost them was a test drive. Click on the thumbnails below for a high-res image gallery.

[Source: BMW M Division]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Must be a snooze after riding the Yamaha M1. 300ish lbs, 240 ish HP, smallish contact patch.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Valentino has not won nine MotoGP titles. Close though. MotoGP has existed for eight years and he has one six of them. Prior to that, he won the 500cc world championship (which MotoGP replaced) once, the 250cc championship once, and the 125cc championship.

      He's a decent (but not competitive) track driver too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Decent track driver"....umm he's spectacular actually...after a test in a F1 car he was 1 sec behind Michael Schumacher...and mind you he doesn't drive 4 wheels for a living, and had no other warmup series....he basically can ride/drive anything..heck Ferrari still wants him to drive when he's 33 and never been in a F1 car even part time
      سكيورتي العرب
      thnx alot for this informations http://cars5.net/bmw-m3-gts-test-drive/
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      The M3 is not a pretty car at all....

      Its not ugly but its not pretty IMO. Older M3's look better IMO

      Nice performance car tho but look wise blah
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        I too prefer the look of the old M3.

        i just never liked the E90 3 series

      • 5 Years Ago
      I just love that orange!