Epic is understating it
BMW’s fastest yet M car has SIBONELO MYENI filling in Lotto cards, just in case
TAKE a legendary racetrack, Kyalami, add BMW’s legendary M-Division and top it off with race cars that shift your internals into places they were never meant to be … epic is an understatement.
BMW’s fastest yet M car, the M4 GTS, is a race car built for the road and now Mzansi will see 23 of these roaming our streets and tracks … unfortunately, all have been sold at R2 203 900 a pop. The lucky owners get a 368 kW/600 Nm, 3,0-litre Twinturbo six-cylinder engine, and a 0-100 km/h sprint in 3,8 seconds topping at 305 km/h.
The M4 GTS gets a water-injection system that cools the induction chamber for the engine to produce more power.
And it is not just brawn. There is a lot of beauty to take in too.
The M4 GTS gets a carbon-fibre adjustable front splitter, a special vented bonnet, an adjustable rear wing with acid-orange M-light alloy wheels, a titanium exhaust and organic LED rear lights. The interior is generic M4 quality and layout with no rear seat. Instead, a roll cage takes pride, with carbon-fibre racing seats, carbon-fibre accents around the cabin and pull-string door loops.
Driving one at the new Kyalami Racetrack, it immediately feels a lot more agile, stable and utterly quicker compared with any M car built before.
The ultra-fast gear changes and exhaust sounds exhilarate in a way few production cars can … kudos to those 23 owners.
BMW has also availed 30 units of the BMW M3 — “30 years M3” — to celebrate 30 years since the first production M3 was made. This model adds the Competition Pack, meaning power jumps from 317 kW to 331 kW and the 0-100 km/h sprint drops to four seconds flat.
The “30 years M3” gets special 20-inch forged alloy wheels, exclusive Macao Blue metallic paint, “30 Years” branding on the M gills on the front wings, sports seats, door sills and carbon-fibre interior trim. You can add the Competition Pack to any new M3 and M4, which yields the 331 kW power hike, 20-inch wheels, adaptive suspension, modified M differential rear axle and black chrome tailpipes.
BMW has also unveiled the first M-tuned 7-series — the M760Li xDrive uses a 6,6-litre Twin-turbo V12, producing 448 kW/800 Nm for a 3,7 seconds 0-100 km/h, limited to 250 km/h. An optional driver’s package increases that to 305 km/h, while consuming a claimed 12,6 l per 100 km.
Power is nuked to all wheels via an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, while the Executive Pro suspension can shift from cloud-soft comfort to agile handling at the press of a button.
Exclusive 20-inch wheels, an M aerodynamic exterior kit and V12 decals ensure you know which 7-series this is.
Owners can choose other trim levels at now cost. The interior is pure class, with leather, wood and aluminium used for a highclass feel and finish. Pricing starts at around R2,9 million, however, local availability will only be in 2017. Pray the rand doesn’t lose any more value. • Tune in to Ukhozi FM to hear Sibonelo Myeni talk cars at 7.50 am every Thursday.
Despite an asking price of over R2,2 million, all 23 units of the BMW M4 GTS sold out in a short space of time in South Africa.