BMW celebrated the 25th anniversary of the M3 nameplate by unleashing its most potent variant yet, the M3 GTS, on a race track.
The M3 GTS recently joined its predecessors in the M3's 25-year history and took on the Ascari Race Track in Spain. With its 4.4-liter V8 engine pushing out 450hp and 440Nm of torque while weighing in at just 1,530kg, the M3 GTS registered a power-to-weight ratio at only 3.4kg per horsepower. Paired with the seven-speed M Dual Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic and modified suspension, the M3 GTS sprints from zero to 100kph in just 4.4 seconds before it breaches the one-kilometer mark in 22.5 seconds. Top speed for the M3 GTS is 305kph.
"The BMW M3 is an icon and internationally synonymous with the highest level of dynamics," said Kay Segler, chief executive officer of BMW M GmbH. "Our aim was to develop a model variant that would prove its outstanding potential both on the road and at club sport racing events. The BMW M3 GTS is pure M feeling, embodying the brand values in a highly concentrated form."
The M3 GTS is a stripped-out, lightweight M3 that has been fitted with countless race-oriented kit like a lightweight sports exhaust system, a fixed-caliper high-performance brake system with steel-armored hoses, racing-oriented front apron and rear wing elements, polycarbonate side and rear windows, and a lightweight carbon fiber roof. The automatic climate control and audio systems can be supplied as standard comfort features if the customer desires.
The BMW M3 GTS is easily distinguishable with its bright orange single-colored body, matte black exterior components like the BMW kidney grille, roof trims and alloy wheels, as well as the side gill elements made of dark anodized chrome.
The M3 GTS was primarily designed to be used for club sport events while being officially road-legal. It is produced solely at the BMW M GmbH manufacturing facility Regensburg, Germany.