This will be the most powerful – hence the fastest – version of the current M4 coupe, and its speed is not just courtesy of extra power – clever aerodynamics also play a big role.
First, let’s address the power. A regular BMW M4 is propelled by a twin-turbo 3.0L inline-six cylinder motor, that produces a satisfying 425 hp. In the M4 GTS version, this same engine gets tweaked, and gains a water-injection system for the manifold’s plenum – an auto industry first by the way – and the end result is 493 hp. That gain in power alone is enough to drop the 0 to 100 km/h time by half-a-second, so the M4 GTS covers that sprint in just 3.7 seconds. Top speed is raised from an electronically limited 250 km/h, to now the limiter set at 305 km/h – that is seriously fast.
The 2016 BMW M4 GTS is not just fast in a straight line, thanks to its aerodynamic aids – such as adjustable front and rear spoilers – this car is a serious track day weapon. In fact, BMW have managed to lap the fearsome Nurburgring race track in Germany – which features 160 corners in its 22.8 km lap – in just 7 minutes and 28 seconds. To give you an idea how fast that is, the Porsche Carrera GT – which was a purpose built supercar with a 604 hp V10 engine, and had a price tag of $600,000 when new – driven by racing ace Walter Rohrl, recorded the exact same lap time. So, the M4 GTS can hang with automotive giants on the world’s most demanding race tracks.
Typically, such high-performance versions of already fast cars, don’t end up coming to the Canadian market. Thankfully, BMW Canada confirmed directly to me that out of the 700 global production of the M4 GTS, 50 examples will be sold on our shores.
BMW Canada also mentioned that the only difference between the European-spec model and the Canadian cars will be the seats – our market will get more comfortable chairs with three-point seats belts, rather than bucket seats and racing harnesses.
Pricing and date of arrival for the 2016 BMW M4 GTS has not yet been released, but given the announced price of the units to be sold in Europe, don’t expect too much (or any) change from $200,000.
With just 700 units worldwide, the 2016 M4 GTS will undoubtedly be a sought after collectors item, that will likely appreciate with time – which makes this an interesting and exciting investment.