This is the new BMW M3 GTS, which is said to be meaner than the highly aggressive BMW M3. The pictures show an orange painted car with numerous matt black applications. The GTS rides on 19-inch tires with ample 225/35 tires at the front and 285/30 at the rear.
Through the spokes of the rims, there is a generously sized fixed caliper brake system with six pistons at the front and four at the rear.
In addition, yellow springs with a small M logo indicate that the suspension is new -- adjustable in compression and rebound. A BMW engineer familiar with the vehicle said that the rear axle support is bolted in place.
Downforce levels increased, as the new M3 GTS has adjustable front splitter and rear wing.The serial production BMW M3 is weight-optimized with a whole range of measures reserved for the BMW M3 CSL in the last model.
The striking carbon lightweight roof is one such example. Moreover, the car uses light body-contoured seats.
Looking closely at the vehicle, we can see the optimization of the insulation, the use of lightweight parts in the interior, the use of Macrolon for the car's windows in the back, the lack of air conditioning, navigation and radio and the entire rear seat.
The car is 190 kg lighter than the M3 model. The M3 GTS has been fitted with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission with new shift characteristics and a power unit based on the M engine: 4.4 liters and 450 bhp. The car is priced at about 115,000 euros ($170,000). Deliveries begin in May.
BMW M3 GTS is fitted with a suspension technology that is also derived from the highest levels of motorsport, allowing it to effectively and dynamically transfer power from the engine to the road even in most severe conditions.
Interestingly, the suspension system of the BMW M3 GTS is still based on the front and rear axle of the BMW M3 Coupé. However, the rear axle subframe is firmly bolted in position, while the suspension comes with adjustment threads on the dampers to vary the inbound and rebound strokes individually.
Meanwhile, the BMW M3 GTS is provided with a high-performance brake system featuring fixed calipers with six front pistons and four rear pistons. The Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) boasts of a race-oriented setup, which takes into account the car’s dynamic potential. The BMW M3 GTS rides on 19-inch M light-alloy Competition rims in double-spoke design as shod with tires in different sizes, a setup that is intended to allow optimal transmission of acceleration and brake forces to the road.
Furthermore, the BMW M3 GTS features a race-oriented front air dam and rear wing, which are designed to optimize airflow as well as adjust downforce when needed. With these elements, the driver can appropriately adjust the aerodynamic attributes of M3 GTS to the specific profile of a certain race track.
The front air dam features air guidance units which geometry can be adjusted. For instance, the position of the rear wing can be adjusted on the same position of the wing of the BMW 320si that took part in the World Touring Car Championship.