BMW Begins to Win Back Fallen Hearts with M4 GTS

Finally, we get something good, eh?

For the first time in BMW’s history here, a special-edition M4 will be available natively in Canada. It is called the GTS, and it will definitely put a lot of cars to shame. With its 493 hp turbo-6, this will undoubtedly put regular M4s to shame and then some. 

In a first for production road cars, according to BMW, the M4 GTS features a “Water Injection System” that relaxes the thermal constraints on power and torque and allows for big numbers. This technology was proven on BMW’s M4 MotoGP Safety Car. On top of the 16% increase in horsepower, the M4 GTS sees a 10% increase in torque to an E92-defying 442 lb-ft. The GTS can do 100 in 3.7 seconds and reach 189 mph (302 kph). Apparently, these performance increases don’t burden fuel economy much, but BMW gave no specifics.P90199425_lowRes

The GTS also features a three-way coilover suspension with mechanically adjustable dampers and rebound settings. No techno-funnybusiness, this is a pure racing machine. A 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is standard that allows for “uninterrupted torque”.

Of course, in any higher-high-performance M car, we get fancy bits like electronic rear LSD and ceramic brakes all-round with 6-piston front calipers and 4-piston rear. A carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof and low-weight M star-spoke wheels ensure the M4 GTS’s lightness as well as a sculpted trunk lid and carbon diffusers that aid aerodynamics. The driveshaft is even made of CFRP! Can you imagine, a plastic driveshaft? Apparently this driveshaft is 40% lighter than the standard version.

Of the 700 examples going into production, only 50 will be sent to Canada. And, we can always assume, those will probably all be accounted for soon enough. Pricing has not been announced, but we can expect these to hit roads next spring. Hold your hats (probably because the stiff suspension will knock it off), this is going to be a sweet year for performance BMWs.

[Source: BMW]

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Alex is an automotive journalist from Montreal, Canada since 2008. He is certifiably addicted and doesn’t think of anything but cars. Driving is his drug. He also occasionally suffers from bouts of afro hair.
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