BMW has officially ended the production cycle for what is considered as its meanest and fastest sports car – the BMW M4 GTS. Basically a power-up evolution of the BMW M4 coupe, the BMW M4 GTS is one of the premium carmaker’s most track-ready cars, thanks to M technologies applied on its powertrain, chassis and lightweight construction front.
In an announcement in April 2016, BMW said it was launching the BMW M4 GTS limited to 700 units to celebrate the 30th year of the BMW M3. So, many believed that the final number of produced BMW M4 GTS available to customers around the world would be no more than 700 units. However, in the latest development, it turns out that the German company has produced a total of 830 units, and that includes 21 pre-production examples, six press vehicles and 803 customer cars. This information is derived from the actual VINs (vehicle identification number) of the produced BMW M4 GTS.
These 803 examples of the BMW M4 GTS include 278 left-hand drive units for Europe, 120 right-hand drive cars for Europe and 405 examples bound for North America (United States and Canada). The last GTS that came out from BMW’s assembly facilities – on November 29, 2016 -- is a model for North America, wrapped in Black Sapphire exterior color. Originally, BMW had planned for 700 units of the BMW M4 GTS, with 300 cars to the US, 80 examples to Germany and 50 models to Canada. But with the final count tagged at 803 units, the German premium carmaker has sure overshoot its production target for the BMW M4 GTS. This might have something to do with the law of supply and demand.
So, what can we expect from the BMW M4 GTS? Frank van Meel, chief executive of BMW M GmbH, described the BMW M4 GTS as a sports car for the race track that could deliver top-end dynamics and inspirational performance. He noted that the BMW M4 GTS demonstrates what is possible with a road-legal car. At the core of the BMW M4 GTS is 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line turbo engine -- with water injection technology – that could provide 500 hp (368 kW) of max output and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of peak torque, allowing this mean machine to sprint from nil to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.8 seconds and reach a governed top speed of 305 km/h (189.5 mph).
Moreover, the BMW M4 GTS is a result of intelligent lightweight construction, with extensive use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic in several components. It also features a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT), exclusive M light-alloy wheels in star-spoke 666 M Styling wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, three-way M coilover suspension, and lightweight M carbon ceramic brakes.
Although BMW did overshoot its production targets for the BMW M4 GTS, 803 units remains a limited number, that means that the carmaker’s meanest and fastest car is still a limited special edition.