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BMW M3 GTS-R - Perfect For The Track, Yet Officially Road Legal

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On: Tue, May 18, 2010 at 8:44AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


BMW M3 GTS-R - Perfect For The Track, Yet Officially Road Legal

BMW “M” division vehicles were originally designed to be lightweight power houses, and although the “M” model SUVs certainly fit the bill where power is concerned, many people wonder about the lightweight aspect, until now—with the M3 GTS-R, which BMW describes as a car that is great for the track, yet “officially road legal.”

The M3 GTS-R is the most powerful version of the M3 coupe. It can reach 62 mph in just 4.4 seconds and peaks at a top speed of 189.5 mph. This iconic two-door has about 450 hp and 324 lb-ft of torque from a high-revving V8 boosted from 3,999 cc to 4,361 cc. The M3’s V-8 engine has been enlarged from 4.0 liters to 4.4. As a result, the GTS-R makes 444 hp compared to 414 hp in the base car. And all that power is contained in a vehicle that weighs only 3285 pounds. So how did the German engineers cut down on all that weight? Titanium mufflers, a lightened center console and door trim, and the exclusion of superfluous features, such as rear seats and air conditioning. The windows are made from extremely lightweight Makrolon plastic.

The car is enhanced with a modified dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission and a chassis enhanced with rigid rear-axle support and a coil-over suspension. The ride is lowered 16 millimeters in front and 12 millimeters in the rear. The M3 GTS-R also gets high-performance brakes with a six-piston configuration in front riding on 19-inch alloy wheels with a Y design. The design segment of the M3 GTS-R is now under the management of former Mini brand chief Kay Segler, as the “M” model returns to its origins.

In keeping with the car’s race car tradition, the M3 GT2-R was spotted on the racetrack recently, where BMW's factory team won the 38th Edition of the Nurburgring 24 Hours race, on the company's return to the classic endurance race. The GTS-R is a bright orange color with racing rear wings and air ducts in front to enhance its aerodynamics. The rear-end assembly is based on the familiar 320si that competes in the World Touring Car Championship. Options include a roll cage, extensions for six-point fasteners, and a fire extinguisher.

M3 GTS-R deliveries will commence in Germany this spring, where it will cost $100,000, Other markets will follow soon after, but they won't include the U.S., where it seems BMW couldn't justify finding a solid market for a $100,000-plus M3.
According to a BMW M test engineer; “You sit inside; everything else fades away.”


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RoadKill | 9:01AM (Tue, May 18, 2010)

Why the heck does this thing need a seven speed? Fuel economy? What is the torque band THAT narrow? it is a V8...



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