Epic is un­der­stat­ing it

BMW’s fastest yet M car has SI­BONELO MYENI fill­ing in Lotto cards, just in case

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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.

PHOTO: BMW

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.

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