Mu­nich mus­cle

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors -

Only 700 peo­ple will learn what it is like to own an M4 GTS.

This spe­cial edi­tion of BMW’s M4 coupe has been stripped of un­nec­es­sary weight and the 3.0-litre six-cylin­der tur­bocharged en­gine has been boosted to 493bhp, while fuel econ­omy and emis­sions re­main the same as the stan­dard M4.

While the breath­tak­ing per­for­mance of a stan­dard M4 might be suf­fi­cient for most peo­ple on most roads, it sim­ply isn’t enough for those who want to push their skills to the limit on a race track. This GTS vari­ant uses the same en­gine as the stan­dard model, but in­cor­po­rates a unique wa­ter-in­jec­tion sys­tem to sub­stan­tially boost the power to 493bhp. This al­le­vi­ates the prob­lems of pro­longed stress on com­po­nents, in­her­ent in mo­tor-sport, while im­prov­ing per­for­mance with­out com­pro­mis­ing ef­fi­ciency. The re­sult is a fe­ro­cious car ca­pa­ble of ac­cel­er­at­ing to 62mph in just 3.8 sec­onds and on to a top speed of 189mph.

BMW de­scribes this as a ‘road-le­gal’ car, rather than a ‘road car’, but it is civilised enough to use on the high­ways and by­ways. The built-in light­ness means that it should feel ag­ile, en­gi­neered to turn with­out hes­i­ta­tion and ac­cel­er­ate with­out in­er­tia. Hav­ing shed 30kg from the M4, the GTS gets all the down-force it needs from a low front split­ter and a large rear wing, en­sur­ing it al­ways has the trac­tion it needs as it scythes through the air, en­abling it to de­liver on track.

Over­all, the BMW M4 GTS is a track-ready, road-le­gal tech­no­log­i­cal mas­ter­piece from Mu­nich, show­cas­ing in­no­va­tive en­gine ef­fi­ciency tech­nol­ogy and de­liv­er­ing an un­com­pro­mis­ing driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Stripped bare and re-clothed in car­bon and al­can­tara, this wel­ter-weight su­per-coupe packs an enor­mous punch. But the knock-out blow comes from the ex­tra­or­di­nary high price, which would guar­an­tee it ex­clu­siv­ity were it not al­ready lim­ited to just 700 ex­am­ples.

BMW’s M4 coupe has been put on a crash - diet and pumped with steroids.

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