BMW has revealed its production-ready M4 GTS with a whopping £121,770 price tag – but only 30 examples will be coming to the UK.
The manufacturer boasts that the GTS is “the fastest production road car the brand has ever offered to customers,” with a Nurburgring lap time of 7 minutes 28 seconds – almost 30 seconds quicker than the regular M4.
It’s powered by the same twin-turbo six-cylinder 3.0-litre engine as the M4, with power boosted from 431hp to 500hp. That’s largely down to clever water injection technology that made its debut on the BMW M4 MotoGP safety car. This allows the engine to operate with higher boost and earlier spark timing, increasing power and torque.
It’s lighter, too, weighing around 30kg less than the regular model. As a result, it can hit 62mph in 3.8 seconds, while still returning 34.0mpg and emitting 199g/km CO2.
To look at, there’s no denying this is a race car for the road. With an adjustable rear spoiler and plenty of exposed carbon fibre, it’s not a car for those who like to go unnoticed.
The lightweight alloys are unique to the GTS (19-inch at the front and 20-inch at the rear), hiding the standard-fit carbon ceramic brakes. It comes with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, as well as a three-way coilover suspension tailored for the GTS.
Inside, the rear seats have been replaced with a rollcage. The front seats, meanwhile, have been replaced by buckets. It’s not fully stripped out, however, with sat-nav, air-con, and even parking sensors fitted as standard.
Production will be limited to just 700 examples worldwide, with just 30 being sold in the UK. Production will start later this year and deliveries take place in spring 2016.