Intoxicating! The New M3 GTS From BMW

It was actually a PC game years ago that let me know about BMW M3.
Then I became familiar with the dynamics of them through “The M3
Challenge”, an another PC graphic. I never had an opportunity to see M3 on
roads, except one instance, somewhere around the Bengaluru city. I love BMW M
models, especially M3 coupe that is available in India.

google_ad_client = “ca-pub-7904095058324429”;
google_ad_slot = “7015417198”;
google_ad_width = 336;
google_ad_height = 280;

The BMW’s M division found that the standard M3 is not extreme
enough for its exclusive track-customers. So, they worked on a mission to
perfect their M3 into a piece of purest sports equipment. And the result is the
new M3 GTS. This hardcore coupe, codenamed “Jagermeister” in
deference to the German distillery’s legendary 1980s race car livery, and is
entirely appropriate because no road-going M3 has been quite focused, inherently
athletic as this. The GTS is essentially a track-day car that happens to be
road legal. As I never had an opportunity to put myself behind the wheels of
this M3, it is authentic to brief the features and driving dynamics of the GTS,
drawing inspiration from Greg Kable’s driving experience at the Ascari Race
Resort in southern Spain.
The elaborately aero-dynamic styling of the M3 GTS is unique to
look at outside with its modified bumper with three ample cooling ducts in the
front and a massive rear-spoiler on the boot lid. Leathering on the dashboard
the GTS logo, the roll cage and the one piece carbon fibre Recaro bucket seats
– all makes the interior sporty. Instead of a back seat, one can find a fire
extinguisher and forget the comfort-oriented features like radio and
air-conditioning (though buyers can choose them as no-cost option). Together,
they endow the car with a more functional appearance fully in keeping with its
track-led brief.
More than anything else, the basis of the GTS’s added performance
is in its unique engine. This is no mildly tweaked version of the M3’s
naturally aspirated 4.0 litre V8. Rather, BMW has developed what amounts to a
whole new power plant with a race-grade block. The bore remains at 92mm but the
stroke has been extended by 6.8mm to 82mm, resulting in a capacity of 4.4
litres. With the increase in swept volume come a 30bhp boost to 44bhp at the
same 8300rpm.More significantly, however, is the increase in torque. It jumps
from 40.7kgm to 45kgm and is developed 150 rpm lower at 3750rpm.
Channeling the new car’s added reserves is the beefed-up version
of the M3’s optional Getrag-engineered seven-speed M DCT (Dual Clutch
Transmission). It makes light work of the engine’s added reserves, providing
rapid shifts in manual mode. It’s definitely the right choice for this kind of
car. Greg says this hardcore M3 goes faster, feels faster and sounds faster
than any road-going versions of Munich’s legendary coupe before it. It hits
100kph in just 4.4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 190mph (306kph) at the
red line in seventh gear with the splitter and rear wing in their most neutral
settings. More than its purest straight-line speed, the GTS is inherently
sharp, responsive and accurate – something apparent on the very first corner of
the circuit, he says. The steering is heavenly heavier than the standard
hydraulic set-up with rewarding precision. Even at high cornering speeds, it
remains wonderfully flat and neutral.
The M3 GTS is offered only in one colour scheme – the vivid orange.
Estimated at a price of Rs.86 lakhs (without customs duties), no one can buy
this M3 anymore! Because with the production capped at 150 units, every car has
already been sold in advance.

Dhiyanesh Ravichandran

Editorial consultant (Automotive and Technology), academic, and blogger based in India. He can be reached at

You may also like...

Leave a Reply