Vorsteiner GTRS5 commemorates the retiring of the Bmw E92 M3

Article by Christian A., on June 19, 2012

The Bmw M3 is the kind of car that you want to customize and Vorsteiner knows it very well! After the Vorsteiner M3 Coupe, Candy Cane, GTS3 and the M3 Sedan, the American tuning company decided to commemorate the retiring of the E92 M3. Dubbed GTRS5, the new tuning program gives the M3 an aggressive look but also functionality and performance.

The kit consists of a new front bumper with additional vertical vents to allow for improved airflow, new side sills, enlarged front and rear fenders, a brand new carbon fiber front hood with new air inlets to let the engine breathe, a carbon fiber boot lid as well as a new rear bumper with an extreme air diffuser.

The design is completed by the Vorsteiner VS-310 3-Piece concave forged aluminum wheels wrapped in Nitto Invo high performance tires. No words about the engine, which means that we will find the standard 4.0-liter V8 engine delivering 414 hp and capable to push the standard version from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.6 seconds.

BMW M3

Although the new BMW M3 offers a new level of performance, it doesn’t sacrifice efficiency. In terms of power, the 4.0-liter V8 high-revving engine inside the M3 could deliver 309 kW (420 bhp). Nonetheless, this powerful V8 mill is especially engineered not just to perform, but also to exhibit great levels of efficiency.

The efficiency level of this engine is helped by a number of elements like the Auto Start Stop Function. This feature helps the engine avoid idling phases when the M3 is at a full halt – at stop lights or in congested traffic. When the M3 is at a halt, Auto Start Stop Function switches off the engine to prevent unneeded fuel usage. But when the M3 starts moving, this feature reactivates the engine without delay.

The Auto Start Stop Function is employed in vehicles which have engines that are mated to the standard six-speed manual gearbox and is used in conjunction with the M dual clutch transmission with Drivelogic. The BMW M3 -- along with the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 and the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 – are the first BMW models to feature Auto Start Stop Function in combination with an automated manual transmission.

With Auto Start Stop Function, a vehicle could become more efficient by up to 8 percent or up to 24 grams of carbon dioxide per km, depending on the model and transmission type. For instance, a BMW M3 Coupe and the M3 Sedan with a 309-kW (420 bhp) V8 engine with a seven-speed M dual clutch transmission and Drivelogic could consume 11.2 liters per 100 km (12.4 liters on six-speed manual transmission) on average, as per EU test cycle.

On the other hand, the BMW M3 Convertible, on average, consumes 11.5 liters (M dual clutch transmission with Drivelogic) or 12.7 liters (6-speed manual transmission) per 100 km. Amazingly, all BMW M3 variants already comply with EU5 emission standards in future.

On the rear, the new BMW M3 Coupe and Convertible feature modified tail lights with glass covers in a homogeneous red color. With lighting provided by LED units, these rear lights give the M3 a distinctive nighttime design.

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