BMW Rolls Out High-Performance Concept M4 GTS
Aficionados of German engineering have another reason to get their salivary glands in an uproar. BMW’s motor sports group has rolled out a road-and-track model of the BMW M4 Coupe it introduced last year: the BMW Concept M4 GTS. The vehicle made its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance in Monterey, Calif. last week and is the first M3/M4 special production vehicle to be sold in the U.S. The BMW Concept M4 GTS will showcase the automaker’s latest high-performance technologies, in a car that’s suitable for racing or as an everyday driver, according to BMW. It will go on sale later this year.
“While the BMW M4 Coupe embodies the ideal combination of motor sport genes and unrestricted everyday usability, the BMW Concept M4 GTS previews an emotionally powerful and exclusive special model conceived with an eye for trailblazing technology and a keen focus on the race track,” explained Frank van Meel, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW M GmbH. “Despite its outstanding track ability, it is still fully road-legal. This is racing technology for the road in the truest sense.”
The BMW Concept M4 GTS will showcase a water-injection system that has provided output and torque boost to the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car, as well as rear lights with OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology. Other features include a manually adjustable front splitter and rear wing for improved aerodynamic balance; carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic hood that reduces the vehicle’s weight; and a wide front air intake to improve airflow and reduce front axle lift.
BMW says the water-injection system cools the air intake, allowing the inline turbocharged 6-cylinder engine to use higher boost pressure and earlier injection timing. At the same time, the cooler air reduces thermal stress on the performance-relevant components.
The BMW Concept M4 GTS will be offered in a single exterior color: Frozen Dark Grey metallic, with an Acid Orange accent on the front splitter and on the alloy wheels (19-in. rims in front; 20-in. rims in the rear).