Pictures of the new M3 GTS show an even more aggressive orange painted car with numerous matt black applications. The wheels are huge: 19-inchs with ample 225/35 tires at the front and 285/30 at the rear. Looking through the spokes of the rims, you’ll see a generously sized fixed caliper brake system with six pistons at the front and four at the rear.
Furthermore, yellow springs with a small M logo let you know the suspension is new: adjustable in compression and rebound. “The rear axle support is bolted in place,” adds the responsible engineer.
Downforce levels have increased, as the new M3 GTS has adjustable front splitter and rear wing. Another challenge was to keep the weight down. “The serial production BMW M3 is already weight-optimized with a whole range of measures reserved for the BMW M3 CSL in the last model – the striking carbon lightweight roof, for example.”
The engineers worked on tricks like using light body-contoured seats, 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 got 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. Judging by the numbers, this car is a hole new episode of the BMW M Sport history and it will set you back about 115,000 euros ($170,000). First deliveries start in May.