• May 13th 2010 at 12:32PM
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The BMW M3 GTS is expected to carry some serious track cred. The extremely limited edition Bimmer packs 450 horsepower from a 4.4-liter V8 engine, while weight is cut by 419 lbs compared to a typical M3. Sounds like a dream come true. But if you planned on picking up one of the 90 M3 GTS models costing 115,000 Euro ($145,000 in U.S. funds), you're too late. The most capable E92 M3 is already sold out, but you can at least hit the jump to see video of a bright orange GTS as its takes on the famed Nürburgring.

In the BMW-produced video, M3 test engineer Günter Sillinger takes the GTS for a spin around the 'Ring, then tells us just how great the high-strung coupe handles. Sillinger may be biased, but since we may never get behind the wheel of one of the select GTS coupes, we'll have to take his word for it when he says, "It's the most uncompromising, fastest and thrilling M3 ever." Follow the jump to watch the 2:19 video for yourself.

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All clear given for market launch of the BMW M3 GTS

Information from editor: The BMW M GmbH. The BMW M GmbH is a one hundred percent subsidiary of the BMW AG. With products and services in the four business areas BMW M Automobiles, BMW Individual, M Sport Packages and Options as well as BMW Group Driving Experience, it addresses customers with particularly high demands on the performance, exclusivity and individuality of their vehicle. The Munich-based company was founded in 1972 as the BMW Motorsport GmbH. Since then, the letter M has been internationally synonymous with success in motor sports and with the fascination of high-performance sports cars for use in everyday road traffic. Production of BMW M automobiles is integrated into the manufacturing processes of BMW plants. The BMW M GmbH possesses the status of an independently operating automobile manufacturer. In the business year 2009, the BMW M GmbH achieved worldwide sales of more than 15,000 vehicles. The BMW M GmbH currently employs around 500 people in the areas of development, administration and marketing.

Munich. The history of BMW M3 motor sport has been enriched by a further fascinating chapter as the BMW M3 GTS celebrates its debut on the racetrack and on the road. In terms of performance and safety, the most powerful version of the high-performance BMW M3 Coupe featuring a 331 kW/450 bhp engine offers the ideal preconditions for use at club sport events, whilst at the same time being officially road-legal. The BMW M3 GTS is produced at the BMW M GmbH manufacturing facility. In addition to a larger and more powerful V8 engine, exclusive tuning of the 7-speed M Dual Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic and modified suspension technology, the car, which is designed for club sport use, has also been specifically optimised with regard to aerodynamics and lightweight construction.

The supreme sporting potential of the BMW M3 GTS is underlined, inter alia, by a power-to-weight ratio that has been lowered to 3.4 kg per hp. Featuring a transmission and suspension configuration which has been optimised for the racetrack, the BMW M3 GTS accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 4.4 seconds. The car reaches the 1000 metre mark from a standstill in just 22.5 seconds. Top speed is 305 km/h.

"The BMW M3 is an icon and internationally synonymous with the highest level of dynamics," explains Dr. Kay Segler, CEO of the BMW M GmbH. "Our aim was to develop a model variant that would prove its outstanding potential both on the road and at club sport racing events. The BMW M3 GTS is pure M feeling, embodying the brand values in a highly concentrated form."

Tradition and future: The BMW M3 in motor sports.

For as long as two decades and four model generations, the BMW M3 has been the embodiment of spectacular motor sports successes. The number of victories and titles achieved in touring car sports has never been matched by any other model. With its precisely balanced overall concept, the latest BMW M3 also provides the ideal basis for outstanding performance on the racetrack. The BMW M3 GT2 is currently causing quite a stir at long-distance motor sports events. The BMW M3 is also playing a predominant role in preparing the brand's comeback at the "German Touring Car Masters". Parallel to this, BMW is currently setting new standards in the support of club motor sports. The many decades of experience in the development of racing cars and high-performance, road-going automobiles are reflected in the high performance potential of the BMW M3 GTS.

High-revving V8 engine technology at its best: Larger displacement, higher performance and higher torque.

The power required for high performance in motor sports is delivered by an
8-cylinder engine featuring a high-revving concept. With its unparalleled enormous pulling force, which is constantly available over a very wide engine speed range, the V8 engine developed exclusively for the BMW M3 by the BMW M GmbH features refined performance characteristics that are closely oriented towards the requirements of motor sports. A version of this power unit with further increased displacement, power output and maximum torque was exclusively conceived for the BMW M3 GTS.

The increase in displacement from 3,999 to 4,361 cc is achieved by a cylinder stroke that has been extended from 75,2 to 82 mm. In the enlarged combustion chamber, a maximum power output of 331 kW/450 bhp (BMW M3: 309 kW/420 bhp) is delivered at 8,300 rpm. Maximum torque has been increased by 40 Nm to 440 Nm and is available at an engine speed of 3,750 rpm.

Characteristic constructional features derived from motor sports, which include, inter alia, the crankcase designed as a bedplate construction and made of a special aluminium-silicon alloy, individual throttles, knock sensors featuring ionic-current technology and a dynamically optimised wet-sump oil supply have been adopted from the original power unit. The lightweight sports exhaust system developed for the BMW M3 GTS with model-specific primary catalytic converters and titanium rear silencers ensure optimum exhaust flow.

Transmission of power is effected by means of the M Dual Clutch Drivelogic gearbox developed for the BMW M3. This 7-speed transmission operates according to a principle also developed for motor sports and permits gear shifting without interruption of traction for extremely dynamic acceleration. Its gear shift characteristics have been exclusively tuned to the modified engine featured by the BMW M3 GTS.

High-performance suspension with adjustable racetrack set-up.

The car's suspension technology also derived from motor racing is based on the front and rear axle construction featured by the BMW M3 Coupe. Contrary to that, the BMW M3 GTS features a rigid rear-axle support as well as a coilover suspension, the dampers of which are independently variable in the traction and compression travel. Moreover, camber on the front and rear axles and vehicle height are variable for motor racing purposes. The car is lowered by 16 mm at the front and 12 mm at the rear.

The high-performance brake system featured on the BMW M3 GTS has been designed as a fixed-calliper construction and comprises six pistons on each of the front wheels and four pistons on each rear wheel. Compared to the BMW M3, the brake discs are 18 mm larger in diameter at the front and 30 mm larger in diameter at the rear. Furthermore, steel-armoured hoses are used.

Specific tuning of the stability control function DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), including ABS and the M Dynamic Mode (MDM), make allowances for the increased dynamic potential of the BMW M3 GTS. Optimum transfer not only of acceleration torque but also of the brake torque is also guaranteed by mixed tyres on matt black, 19-inch M light alloy wheels featuring a Y-spoke design.

Aerodynamics: Optimised components with variable adjustment.

In order to optimise air stream and for on-demand adaptation of downforce characteristics, the BMW M3 GTS is fitted with motor racing-oriented front apron and rear wing elements. They offer the possibility to adapt the car's aerodynamic characteristics according to the racetrack profile and other basic club motor sport requirements. The air duct elements in the front apron are also variable, as is the position of the rear wing. The tail assembly is based on the corresponding component featured by the BMW 320si in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).

The BMW M3 GTS can be recognised from the outside by its bright orange single-coloured body. Additional model-specific features are the matt black exterior components such as the BMW kidney grille, roof trims and alloy wheels as well as the side gill elements made of dark anodised chrome. In addition to the standard CFRP roof on the BMW M3 and titanium rear silencers, an exceptionally light construction of the centre console and door panels, the use of polycarbonate side windows at the rear and a polycarbonate rear window, dispensing with seats in the rear compartment and acoustic insulation configured specifically for the vehicle all serve to guarantee weight optimisation. The unloaded weight of the BMW M3 GTS according to DIN is 1,530 kg including roll bar and M Dual Clutch Drivelogic transmission (BMW M3: 1,600 kg). Automatic climate control and audio system supplied as standard comfort features in the BMW M3 can be fitted if the customer desires.

The interior of the BMW M3 GTS reflects a predominant focus on optimum performance and the highest level of safety on the racetrack. The range of equipment includes thoroughbred racing bucket sets, carbon interior trims and an Alcantara® M steering wheel. Door and sidewall linings in the rear compartment are also made of Alcantara®. The BMW M3 GTS is equipped as standard with a roll bar fitted behind the B-pillars. Furthermore, the car body offers fastening points for six-point safety seat belts and an optional extension for the roll cage. The car is fitted with three-point automatic seatbelts for road use. Additionally supplied six-point safety seat belts for driver and front seat passenger and a fire extinguisher complete the range of equipment.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      This video didn't capture the true noise the thing makes, what a shame since the video quality was quite good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      so it basically took them $80K~ to make the M3 faster? that's a joke. have fun with the sales
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes bloody fast and fun car, but I'd spend my imaginary amount of money on something else, and much cheaper. Perhaps a normal M3?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I guess people are dumber than i thought.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's sold out. Read the post before you comment.
        • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wana troll like GTR guys and say Id take a GT3 RS anyday over this thing. Guarentee it cant touch a RS.

      More seriously why is it so expensive? The cost to performance ratio vs an M3 is kinda steep seemingly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah I'll have a GTR anyday over this thing :P Where are the Corvette guys?

        I'm guessing the reason for the price is coz its GERMAN and a BMW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Look, an M3 with an identity crises!

      GT3RS>M3 GTS

      • 5 Years Ago
      more uncompromising and thrilling than the e30? that's impressive, looks like bmw's finally stepped out of the e30 m's shadow.

      that or careful buzzwords, avoiding 'engaging, greatest handling, most fun' :)

      looks good in orange though that front and rear treatment is not aging well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think I need to go take my dad's e30 M3 ('89, Alpine White/Black, 58K miles... Hartge wheels and suspension... otherwise stock) for a spin. Still, the most fun-to-drive car I've ever piloted. Not that I've driven every car under the sun or anything, but I've driven my fair share.

        I do like this M3 GTS, but I can't afford it...

        • 5 Years Ago
        In response to PGaero,

        The e30 is one of the most enjoyable drives of anything I have ever been behind the wheel of. I would suggest staking your claim to your fathers car before he gets any ideas in his head to ever sell it.

        I searched long and hard for a good example about 5 years back and finally found a red on black example that was pristine. It was one of the most pleasing vehicles I had owned for the 6 days I got to drive it before it was trashed by a Dodge Ram that didn't stop for a red light.

        Sad day for one of history's supreme driving machines.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm surprised I love this color. Ordinarily I shy away from any paint job that's so bright, but I love this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, you are saying, "All BMWs suck, except the ones that are good".

      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Really a great driving machine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      $145K, no thanks BMW. "Hello Porsche, I'd like to place my order for a GT3."
      • 5 Years Ago
      THIS ONE its the one who kicks porsches ass tooo!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      BMW should use this car when using the slogan "The Ultimate Driving Machine". Other than that, the cars in most of their commercials are designed to be the Ultimate Infotainment Machine".
        • 5 Years Ago
        Every time I see a comment by 'SimpleCar' I automatically vote it down.

        I stopped reading them weeks ago.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You could probably expect this car to sell in the $110k range here in the states, if it were to come here. We always get price breaks on imports compared even to their homeland prices because we are the largest auto consuming nation in the world. If we had to pay an equivalent price to our european couterparts, people here would be much more frugal about our purchases. With the prices the way they are, the American consumer can upgrade to the latest and greatest every 3-4 years while the rest of the world hopes to get something new and fast every other generation.

        And to PDKid, trust me, I won't be sad by the looks. I bought it because it was stunningly beautiful. I got into it at an excellent price too so when I do decide to dump it, I won't be hurt too much. The car is such a blast though, that I will very likely just end up making it a track only (yeah right) car at some point. This fate has been influenced even further by the fact that I can now get my hands on BMW Motorsports parts without calling someone in Germany and calling in favors.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Cheer up, D Day! IMO, your white M3 (E92, yes?) is one of the most beautiful BMW's out today - I especially love the way the carbon fibre roof looks on the white ones. And personally, I think the wing on this GTS is a little too "raw" for my taste...I'm partial to the 911's many wing iterations, purposefully designed for each configuration's objective.

        On the price of this Poppa '3, everyone keep in mind that the price given is the European price - these babies are WAY more expensive over there. By comparison, you'll pay $133,000 for a 911 GT3 RS here; the same car is 149,000 euros in Germany....and 149k euros (by today's exchange rate) is....anyone? anyone? Yeah, over $187,000. God bless America.

        Does anyone know how much the base M3 costs across the pond? My web browser does not approve of BMW's international sites :(
        • 5 Years Ago
        @PD Kid

        Congrats! Your a loser. Man you really got me there.
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