• Aug 25, 2010
BMW M3 GTS – Click above for high-res image gallery

If you want a BMW M3 GTS, you'd better be ready to part with about $170,000 of your hard-earned greenbacks. That's nearly three times the cost of the base M3, but the extra $100,000 will net you a 4.4-liter V8 capable of 450 horsepower, tons of racing add-ons and, perhaps most importantly, 419 fewer pounds to lug around. And the M3 GTS manages to improve its stats while at the same time looking mighty fine, if you ask us.

Those are some impressive stats, but how do they translate into track time? If the September issue of Sport Auto (via the M3 Post forums) is to believed, the GTS 'Ring laptimes are less than earth shattering. The German rag reportedly claims that the GTS achieved a less than headline-grabbing 7:48 lap time on the Nürburgring. Okay, that's a pretty impressive time considering the Lamborgini Gallardo Superleggera was reported to hit 7:46 for twice the cost, but at the same time we're talking about an uber-upgraded M3 with a very fat price tag. Consider the fact that the Nissan GT-R can hit 7:29 for half the cost and the GTS appears to be a bit behind the (track) times.

The M3 GTS performed a bit better at Hockenheim, as its reported lap time of 1:12.5 was faster than an Audi R8 V10 Spyder by .2 seconds. The base E92 M3 finished a lap in 1:14.3. So is the M3 ready to take on all comers at The Green Hell? Apparently not, but still, at seven minutes and 48 seconds, we're pretty sure the M3 GTS isn't exactly ready for the slow lane, either.



[Source: M3 Post]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      STOP comparing car magazine laptime with factory claimed laptime northloop laptimes...

      Sportauto chief test driver Horst von Saumar (who drove the 7:48min) has very limited car practise and in most cases only 3 laps at the Ring to set a Ring time, many times not under perfect weather and track conditions...

      for example

      Nissan GTR
      factory claimed 7:26
      Horst von Saumar tested 7:38min

      ZR1
      factory claimed 7:26min something
      Horst von Saumar tested 7:38min

      Audi RS4
      factory claimed 7:58min
      Horst von Saumar tested 8:09min

      etc...

      most likely withmany practis lap and a top of the line race driver (not that Horst von Saumar is a bad driver he finished 13.place last 24h at the northloop) the M3 GTS will be at least 10s or more quicker... not bad for a 440hp n/a powered car
      • 4 Years Ago
      More proof that $$$ =/= speed
      • 4 Years Ago
      BMW really needs to boost its M3 engine. 420PS, really? The Mercedes C63 is at 480 with the awesome Performance pack, the Audi RS5 will be at 450. Even the IS-F from Lexus is more powerful.
      And also, BMW, bring down the price! With a few need-to-have options, you're looking at $75. Again, for the money, I might as well go to my AMG dealer and buy me a 60ies Muscle car (C63) ;-)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Too bad there is more to building cars than horsepower. And if you think the M3 is overpriced you should see what a loaded RS5 costs. And it will be slower to boot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "More proof that $$$ =/= speed"

      More proof that poorly spent money =/= speed. As it is with many other cars, a base model + a well thought out 100k mod list would completely decimate this particular model.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To Scorch:
      I have test driven M3s and C63s and believe me, one car is way more special than the other. Have you ever started the M3 engine? It feels and sounds like any 335i. Nothing special at all. Totally dissapointing. Now start the 6.2 AMG and you know right away you're in for a real treat. Neighbors a mile away know there is something going on.
      Same thing when you drive the car: the M3 needs to be above 4,000 rpm before you can finaly hear it's a V8 and not any 328i. The 6.2 AMG will blow your mind at 2,000 rpm.
      OK, I don't drive my cars on a race track and the M3 might be quicker there...but how many M3 owners really do trace their cars? To me, the only thing that counts is enjoying the car in everyday's driving conditions.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder how it would compare to a new Mustang GT with $140,000 in mods...
        • 4 Years Ago
        A Mustang with $100k worth of mods can no longer be called a Mustang afterward.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @JacobsDream: And this isn't an M3, either... or anything like a reasonable value for the money.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd love to cut your face into many ribbons.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Take off a bunch of stuff and charge a $100k premium. Yup, it's European. People somehow justify the M3 is worth $25k more than the new Mustang GT just because of the interior, and I'm sure those same idiots will justify a $100k premium for this just because Bavaria says so. Sometimes I wonder if there ever could be a European car so expensive for what you get that even the nut jobs take a step back and say that's too much. So far, that hasn't happened.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So If we compare the more expensive M3 GTS to a GT3 RS, both the "track car" ver of other cars. Im pretty sure the GT3 RS owns thats right owns the M3 in all aspects. Yeah looks wise in my book, that spoiler looks outa place. Talking about fun, there are few cars that real drivers car like the GT3, the GTR is computer marvel, but it isnt a do it yourself car, its a the car will managed itself and make you look good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      BMW may be in a time warp.
      They think this is 10 years ago when all they had to do was slap an M on the car and it would get respect.
      Sorry guys, you have to earn your respect these days, something you just aren't doing anymore.
      First you tie the 32,000 dollar mustang on the drag strip and road course, now you post a time with track prepped street car that can be outrun by cars 1/3 it's price.
      • 4 Years Ago
      nice that everyone ignores the fact independent test laptime vs all the factory laptime claim nonsens attention whores... none of the so called ring record cars were able to come close to their factory laptime in a independent test, no matter if GTR ZR1 Z05 etc...all were over 10s slower in a independent car magazine test ...the only manufactor were the independent tested laptimes are ALWAYS pretty close (1-3s) to the factory claimed laptimes is Porsche ... go figure..
        • 4 Years Ago
        you are wrong...

        you compare the 2010 997 Turbo facelift factory time with the 997 Turbo (first generation) time tested by sportauto in 2007!
        Sportauto has not tested the 997 Turbo facelift so far on the northloop so there is no 17s different...

        try again...
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a shame that so many people seem to feel that a car's worth can be boiled down to an "unofficial" lap time of some track.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If I`m paying $170,000 for a BMW M3 GTS and it can`t beat the Nissan GT-R lap time at Nürburgring, there is something wrong here. Even thou the M3 GTS was 2 seconds slower than the lambo, which is impressive, what does that tell you about both these cars. It tells me i can spend way less than half the price on the Nissan GT-R than the M3 GTS and get a faster car.
      http://dld.bz/buyusedcars
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