Built to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the BMW M3, the 2016 M4 GTS continues a long tradition of building dual-purpose road cars that double as very capable track cars for BMW’s M division. Succeeding such legendary platforms and special models such as the 1994 E36 M3 GT, 2003 E46 M3 CSL, and 2009 E92 M3 GTS, the 2016 F82 M4 GTS maintains the BMW M division’s ethos of uncompromising track performance in a street-legal road car.
Using the 425hp 3.0-liter turbo inline 6 cylinder engine shared by the F80 M3 and F82/3 M4 models, the M4 GTS’s powerplant was tuned to raise power output to 500hp. The most notable addition was the water-injection system, a first on any production automobile in over 20 years. The GTS models include a suite of carbon fiber components to reduce the M4’s weight including the hood, trunk lid, roof skin, rear diffuser, rear wing, and front splitter. Inside, leather and Alcantara bucket seats, a lightweight center console, lightened door panels with fabric door pulls, and a lightweight rear bench and trunk partition that replace the rear seat complete the program on the interior of the vehicle. A titanium exhaust system and M carbon ceramic brakes further reduce the overall weight while adding a performance advantage. Visual accents finished in Acid Orange, marry interior and exterior modifications and moreover distinguish the M4 GTS from its standard M4 counterparts.
The ClubSport package capitalizes on the weight reduction and performance boost with a number of track-focused components to sharpen its performance on the racetrack. A roll bar finished in Acid Orange to complement interior and exterior accents, 6-point racing harnesses, and an integrated fire extinguisher emphasize the track performance focus of the GTS. The suspension was produced by KW for BMW’s M division specifically for the GTS with 16 clicks of adjustment for the rebound phase, 14 clicks for high-speed compression, and six clicks for low-speed compression. A carbon fiber strut tower brace adds stiffness to the front end of the chassis. The adjustable front splitter and rear wing, when in their most aggressive arrangement, combine to produce a maximum of 273 pounds of downforce and work to keep the car firmly planted to the driving surface.
Jonny Lieberman of Motortrend claims “the GTS offered up the perfect mix of slip angle and traction; I always felt in control even though the car didn’t feel rigidly bolted down the way the regular, not so fun M4 does.” Using the enhanced power and downforce of the M4 GTS, BMW M set a lap time of 7:28 on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, 24 seconds faster than the standard M4 and 20 seconds faster than its M3 GTS predecessor and the same time as a Porsche Carrera GT.
This example is one of 700 produced and was ordered new in Frozen Dark Grey paintwork with a black leather and Alcantara interior. It was fitted with a set of lightweight forged HRE R101 monoblock wheels finished in gloss black with polished centercaps, and the original BMW wheels are included with the car. It was fitted with a set of front reflectors in the bumper that were painted the body color, as well as a taller set of rear wing uprights finished in black. The original reflectors and uprights are also included with the car. With less than 2,900 miles on the odometer, the car presents as new and is a rare opportunity to acquire the pinnacle of BMW’s M4 production lineup.
One of 700 produced
Lightweight forged HRE wheels and original BMW wheels included
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