The BMW M4 GTS, production version of the the Concept M4 GTS that was unveiled at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, will have its world premiere at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show on October 28. The company has released detailed specifications and price of the UK-spec model which goes on sale in March 2016.
The track-focused variant of the BMW M4 will have a production run of one year limited to just 700 units, with 30 among them destined for the UK. It also has many firsts to its credit for BMW. It is the first production car in the world to come with a water-injection system and it also debuts BMW’s Organic LED (OLED) lighting technology on a series-production model. The kerb weight and weight-to-power ratio are marked as 1510 kg and 3.0 kg/hp respectively.
The front sports a domed hood, adaptive LED headlights, front grille with M double slat bars in black and a carbon-fiber front splitter with Acid Orange detailing. The sides feature twin-stalk M mirrors, set-back greenhouse, muscular wheel arches housing Acid Orange forged M alloys that are 19-inch at the front and 20-inch at the rear and M gills finished in high-gloss black colour.
The rear gets a big spoiler mounted on the bootlid that is three-way adjustable, although only one of those adjustments is for the road and other two are for track use. The OLED tail lights light up the surface with a homogenous effect unlike LEDs which emit light in points. Titanium exhausts and a carbon-black diffuser round up the exterior features at the rear.
The interior has carbon-fibre bucket seats covered in Merino leather with contrast stitching and Alcantara with M stripes on the backrest, same as the M sport steering wheel. The centre console is wrapped in Alcantara with dark grey stitching. The rear seats have been removed, while the door handles have been replaced by pull loops, all done to save weight.
Under the hood, there’s the same 3.0-litre M TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine from the M3/M4, but it churns out of 500 hp and 600 Nm of torque. The power increase is achieved with a water-injection system which injects fine spray of water into the intake manifold where it evaporates, thus lowering the temperature of the intake air. It also enables the turbocharged engine to operate with a higher boost pressure and gives better fuel efficiency.
The power is transferred to the rear wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The M4 GTS can reach 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.8 seconds. Its top speed is electronically limited at 190 mph (307 km/h). Fuel economy and CO2 emissions figures are rated 34 mpg (14.45 km/l) and 199 g/km respectively.
The BMW M4 GTS will enter production in March 2016, and is scheduled to be launched in the UK at £121,770 OTR.
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