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BMW is giving its home turf a big, heaping pile of BMW-osity. The carmaker plans to debut no less than four production models at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September: the M5, the M3 GTS’s sedan version, a redesigned 1-Series, and the i3 electric city car.
The M5 and the M3 GTS, of course, will cause enthusiasts to salivate at an unhealthy, fluid-draining rate. But while the 1-Series will be redesigned for the first time since its debut in 2004—no insignificant debut at any other show—it’s the i3 electric car that will make the biggest impact at the show.
The i3, as leaked before, is BMW’s mass-produced electric car with a 160-mile range and a passenger cell made from carbon fiber. If anything, it’s BMW’s firing shot into the electric propulsion game, with much of the company’s reputation behind it.
This is hardly the first time we’ve uttered words about G-Power’s BMW M3 GTS, but we all have a sense of relief now that it’s officially official – pricing and all.
For those living under a rock, the BMW M3 GTS is a high-powered and lighter weight (220-lbs lighter) M3 variant just full of race-inspired goodies including adjustable front and rear aerodynamic components, modified suspension and brakes, and a power increase to 450-hp from the factory 420-hp. Only 150 units of the GTS would be made and it took until late last year for the first deliveries to take place.
And almost immediately upon the first batch of deliveries, three GTS cars found their way over to G-Power for more power enhancements to compete against Porsche’s 911 GT3 RS. G-Power took their “Sporty Drive” supercharger system and adapted it to the M3 GTS taking power output to an astonishing 635-hp with 465 ft-lbs of torque.
In addition to the supercharger is an all-titanium lightweight exhaust system fully equipped with 100 cpsi metal catalytic converters. G-Power also remaps the ECU to put it all in-tune. And those with extra bucks to spend, the G-Power airbox can be had in carbon fiber.
The price for all the G-Power goods for the M3 GTS? A little over $33,000 excluding tax.
GALLERY: G-Power Supercharged BMW M3 GTS
The lightweight version of the BMW M3 sedan, first shown last week, will be known as the M3 GTS Sedan, and serve as a bridge between the standard car and the more hardcore M3 GTS Coupe.
The same suite of lightweight parts and a specially calibrated dual clutch gearbox will be carried over from the GTS Coupe, but the sedan looks to be more subtle aesthetically, lacking the tuner-style wing and aggressive bodywork, not to mention the day-glo orange paint. The M3 GTS Sedan is expected to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
[Source: Auto Motor und Sport]
As if improving on BMW‘s M3 wasn’t enough with the M3 GTS, German tuner G-Power has gone on to improve the raw and track-ready machine further. G-Power is proud to announce the arrival of their first three G-Power BMW M3 GTS models, pumping up the 4.4L V8 from 450-hp to all new heights: 720-hp.
Stroking the motor and increasing its displacement by 10-percent was only the beginning for G-Power, as they went on to install a modified SK II CS Sporty Drive supercharger to the larger powerplant. And to keep up with the abuse the supercharger provides, G-Power also shoves in low compression pistons into the block while they’re in there increasing the displacement.
No pricing was announced but you can bet the combined package costs as much as a stock M3.
GALLERY: G-Power BMW M3 GTS
[Source: GT Spirit]
German automotive publication Sport Auto has finally gotten their hands on a new BMW M3 GTS, taking it to the Nürburgring to see how it stacks up as a serious sports car. For those not familiar with Sport Auto, they take almost every car to the Ring, where former race car driver turned magazine editor Horst von Saurma runs it through its paces.
And the lap time achieved by von Saurma is an incredible 7:48. For those keeping track, that’s a huge 17 seconds faster than the standard BMW M3. Most certainly a few seconds of the 17 are made up thanks to the GTS’s cup tires.
What’s possibly more shocking, however, is that if you look back to the previous generation E46 M3 CSL, that car managed a 7:50 time – which until now made it the fastest production BMW. And as rare and pricey as the CSL was, it’s nowhere near the $170,000 asking price for the M3 GTS.
GALLERY: BMW M3 GTS
[Source: SportAuto via Bimmerfile]
BMW is rumored to be working on an even more hard-core version of the newly released M3 GTS. According to supposed BMW insider “SCOTT26″ on M3Post, the M3 GTS-R will be the final and most hard-core M3 yet.
Included in the package will be wider rear fenders and new lighter-weight wheels. There will also be an even long front splitter and the GTS-R will keep the GTS’s carbon fiber rear spoiler. Additional weight savings will be the result of the use of carbon fiber for both the hood and trunk. There’s no available info on engine output, but BMW engineers are reportedly working to string a few extra ponies out of the 4.0-liter V8 – which will be matched to BMW’s 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The upcoming M5′s KERS regenerative braking setup is also a possibility.
The final decision to go ahead with the M3 GTS-R is believed to depend on the outcome of this past weekend’s Nurburgring 24 Hour race and with BMW topping the podium in the fender-flared M3 GT2, the M3 GTS-R would now seem like a done deal.
BMW‘s M3 GTS track machine has been officially approved for sale, in Europe. The M3 GTS has 6 more horsepower than a stock M3, but is 154 lbs lighter than the standard car, and comes loaded with important track bits like one-piece bucket seats, harnesses, a roll cage and a fire extinguisher system. The only gearbox available is the 7-speed dual clutch transmission. Outside, a big wing, different alloys and some exclusive aero bits set the GTS apart.
BMW claims a new 0-62 mph time of 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 190-mph.
As for the price, its €136.850 (or roughly $172,000). Not that it matters though, as BMW has no plans to offer the M3 GTS in the U.S.
Hit the jump to see the M3 GTS track video and read more about one of the baddest BMW’s you’ll never get to drive
GALLERY: BMW M3 GTS
The BMW M3 isn’t what it used to be. It’s still a potent performance car in the hands of the right driver, but sucessive versions have become a little too mainstream. The first-generation E30 was only for the hardcore, and the E36 maintained that tradition. By the time the E46 came around in 2002, it became the official car of Bluetooth-wearing striped-shirt bros, while the cabriolet with the SMG gearbox was a must-have for bleached blonde trophy wives. There wasn’t anything wrong with the car per se; it was still the best car this side of a Porsche 911, but the clientele was a little suspect.
With the E92 M3 GTS, BMW has made a car so bonkers that nobody who wears designer clothes or hair product would ever consider it. There’s no audio system to blast your tunes with, no air-conditioning to keep the sweat from dripping off your blowout hairdo and onto your Ed Hardy shirt, and the reduced insulation and titanium exhaust mean that your cell phone conversations will have to wait.
What the GTS does have is a rollcage, a front splitter, rear wing, uprated dampers and brakes, plus all kinds of M goodies to help maximize your trackday experience.
While BMW has released several videos of the M3 GTS, we now have some great amateur video after one lucky owner enlisted a friend to help capture the majestic roar of a high-strung V8 breathing through eight individual throttle bodies.
Hit the jump for more track day goodness on the Nürburgring
The news that BMW will not bring its light-weight, high-powered M3 GTS to North America is both expected and disappointing. As with so many niche market enthusiast vehicles before it, the GTS will remain strictly in the racing-glove covered hands of Europeans as they triumph over apexes and braking zones at their local race track, blissfully ignorant of just how lucky they are.
Announced last week, the M3 GTS weighs just 3,300 lbs, with a carbon fiber center console and door linings, a titanium exhaust system, reduced insulation and the absence of any rear seats, air conditioning or an audio system. Under the hood, the 4.0-liter V8 gets an increase in displacement to 4.4-liters and a bump in power to 450-hp – up from 416. The seven-speed dual clutch transmission also gets more aggressive settings for quicker shifting. Other race-ready components include six-piston front calipers and four-piston rear calipers with a more performance oriented DSC setup and a set of 19-inch M aluminum rims. Outside, there’s a new carbon fiber front splitter and adjustable rear spoiler, while inside, along with the carbon fiber goodies, there’s plenty of Alcantara and an M sport steering wheel.
BMW hasn’t given an official reason for the decision, but with a cost of 115,000 Euros ($172,000), in Germany, it’s easy to see why a business case for the car would be hard to make.
Still, we’re confident a few will find their way stateside thanks to the gray market.
GALLERY: BMW M3 GTS
After numerous spy photos of a modified BMW M3 running the Nürburgring were captured, BMW has now divulged just exactly what the higher performance M3 is. No, it’s not the CSL, but it might as well be as it follows the same light weight, high performance theme. This car, however, is called the M3 GTS.
Weighing just 3,300 lbs, the M3 GTS features carbon fiber for the center console and door linings, a titanium exhaust system and reduced insulation. What it doesn’t have are rear seats, air conditioning or an audio system. Inside there are also mounts for six point harness seat belts and a roll cage. The M3 GTS, after all, is designed specifically for club racing and track days.
Under the hood, the 4.0-liter V8 gets an increase in displacement to 4.4-liters and a bump in power to 450-hp – up from 416. The seven-speed dual clutch transmission also gets more aggressive settings for quicker shifting. Other race-ready components include six-piston front calipers and four-piston rear calipers with a more performance oriented DSC setup and a set of 19-inch M aluminum rims.
Outside, there’s a new carbon fiber front splitter and adjustable rear spoiler, while inside, along with the carbon fiber goodies, there’s plenty of Alcantara and an M sport steering wheel.
Unfortunately, BMW as no plans to offer this model in North America.
GALLERY: BMW M3 GTS
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